Exclusive: Listen to 'Someone' by July Talk, Releasing Self-Titled Debut on Island Records

Meredith Truax
July Talk

Listening to Toronto-based five-piece July Talk is like doing CrossFit, or plunging into an outdoor hot tub in the middle of winter, or twirling around while wearing a blindfold. It's an extreme contrast of feelings and textures and sounds and temperatures. Peter Dreimanis' low, rattling exhaust pipe of a growl and Leah Fay's flouncing high foil of a voice collide like speeding particles over consistently raging guitars on "Someone," the first single off their self-titled debut (due on Mar. 3 on Island Records after being initially released on Canada's Sleepless Records in 2012).  


Of the song, Fay tells Billboard, "The idea for the 'Someone' video was to place July Talk in the aftermath of an all-night party in a dingy motel room. At the time, our newly recorded debut album sat waiting to be mixed and mastered. We did not anticipate the endless months of touring together that would follow as we had only performed live as a band a handful of times. On a hot and muggy late-summer day, we piled into our second-hand van and headed to Kingston Road, once a popular tourist spot on the bluffs of Lake Ontario, and now, a strip of mostly uncared for motels inhabited by those who, for whatever reason, don't like being asked too many questions.

"We told the owner it was a music video and said the two cameras, 6 men and one woman, all drenched in sweat and taking turns coming outside for fresh air 'wasn't what it looked like.' He very clearly held no judgment and didn't didn't care what we meant by that.

"The motel room reeked of cigarettes, damp mould, and sadness. There were dead bedbugs and dried bloodstains on the sheets. It was impossible not to wonder what kind of people had stayed within its walls in the past. I was outside when a little girl caught me off guard on her pink tricycle. She told me her name was 'Candy' and that she didn't know how old she was. We only exchanged a few words before her mother called her back into their adjacent room. We later learned the Kingston Road motels provide temporary housing for homeless families rented by the City of Toronto when nearby shelters are full.

"So there we were, performing for the walls, a song of co-dependence, broken romance and poisonous relationships. At the time of shooting this video, we only knew how to do one thing very well; rehearse, while drunk, in our tiny all-we-could-afford rehearsal space. We would play so frenetically and chaotically that you'd be lucky to leave a rehearsal with all of your limbs intact. It seems director Matt Greyson knew just how to capture us in that motel room that summer day. Little did we know that we'd be sleeping, five to a room, in motels just like this one for our next year on the road. This video stands as a document of how July Talk came to be."

July Talk will hit the road this winter and spring. Check out the full list of tour dates below.

July Talk Tour Dates:
Feb. 19 - Chicago - Subterranean
Feb. 20 - Winnipeg, Canada - Pyramid Cabaret 
Feb. 21 - Winnipeg, Canada - Pyramid Cabaret 
Feb. 22 - Detroit - Magic Stick Lounge 
Feb. 23 - Cincinnati - MOTR Pub 
Feb. 24 - Columbus, Ohio - Rumba Cafe 
Feb. 25 - Pittsburgh - The Smiling Moose 
Feb. 26 - Washington, D.C. - DC9 
Feb. 27 - Philadelphia - Boot & Saddle 
Feb. 28 - New York - The Mercury Lounge 
March 1 - Allston, Mass. - Great Scott 
March 16-21 - Austin - SXSW 
March 24 - Munster, Germany - Gleis 22 
March 25 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol 
March 28 - Budapest, Hungary - Durer Kurt 
March 29 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Wine Small Hall 
April 1 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool 
April 2 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - V11 
April 3 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Podium Asteriks 
April 5 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - De Oefenbunker 
April 5 - Schijndel, Netherlands - Paaspop Festival 
April 9 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet Club 
April 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow Club 
April 11 - Cologne, Germany - Studio 672 
April 12 - Munich, Germany - Strom 
April 14 - Ghent, Belgium - Café Video 
April 15 - London - Old Blue Last 


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