Interview: Talk In Code
Published on July 6th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Swindon five-piece Talk In Code recently released their debut single “Face to Face” on DIY imprint Realm Productions, so we fired some questions over to front man Chris Stevens to find out a little bit more about the whole operation…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
Talk In Code has been around for a little while in a couple of incarnations. When the first lineup split, the synth player (Marshy) and I played a series of two-man semi-acoustic gigs. From there we soon realised we wanted to put a band together and invited a few other guys to join us that we knew from being in bands over time. We are based towards Royal Wootton Bassett/West Swindon, with one of the lads from Reading and one from Newbury. We’ve been tagged as an ‘M4 Supergroup’ before now! The current band have been together for just over a year.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
I would loosely describe the music as indie-rock with a strong dance influence, bright, atmospheric, anthemic.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We demo using Logic Pro and have previously used Cubase as an operating system. We like to ‘scratch’ record when working on parts and writing by lining straight into the desk and then once things are set…get the mics out!
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like!)
An album is most definitely in our sights – we have various songs recorded at different times floating around to a decent standard, however when the time comes we’d like to record the works all over the same period for a cohesive sounding album…We want to find the right engineers and producers to work with too. We are writing songs as we speak that would be in contention for the album alongside existing material.
Where can we hear your music online?
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
There are some really good venues out there and to be honest some gigs are better than others…the best gigs are the ones when everyone feels comfortable, settled and it’s not all one big race against the clock to pile
through soundchecks etc etc…! We have played slots at both Bristol and Oxford Academies which were good, and Club Fandango at Bull & Gate both times was enjoyable also..loads of things contribute to a good or a bad gig!
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
We have just completed a pool of gigs, but our next show that is confirmed is headlining SOLAM festival on Aug 11th in Wiltshire.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Yeah- we met a band called Violet Bones at a gig when we played The Salisbury Arts Centre and they were great! Rude Tiger are good too!
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Speaking entirely on my behalf and in no particular order…Talk In Code (ofcourse!), U2, The Killers, City & Colour, Counting Crows.
Chris Stevens, thank you.