Strange Talk, an alt-pop quartet from Australia with big U.S. aspirations next year, has made a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to stateside listeners with the single "Climbing Walls," which has sold 10,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Climbing Walls" now has a brand-new, sun-kissed music video, exclusively premiering on Billboard.com:
"The car may look flashy, but it was so hard to drive, especially with a massive camera mounted on the hood," says frontman Stephen Docker of the red convertible used in the "Climbing Walls" clip. "It's completely blocking my vision whilst driving on winding roads in the hills of Malibu… After two long days of filming, it still baffles me how we didn't get pulled over once by the police. [It was] by far the most challenging video I've had to shoot so far, but a lot of fun."
The new music video, which was directed by Kyle Thrash, precedes the release of Strange Talk's debut album, "Cast Away," which will be released on rock stalwart Wind-up Records. The group partnered with the label after performing at CMJ fest in 2012, and will use their first album to bulk up a U.S. fan base that has been accrued following touring stints with Foster The People and the Rapture, among others.
"The great thing about Wind-Up is that they're really trying to start branching out," Docker told Billboard in August. "They're quite a 'rock' label -- they've got Creed, Evanescence. I think they're trying to take a different path to more electronic crossover [music]. I guess you could call us the guinea pigs of that experiment, but that's a great thing. It's something that they're determined to make work, and we're determined to make it work too."