Toronto-based four piece Tallies today announced their self-titled debut album will be released on January 11th, 2019 via Fear Of Missing Out Records. The band are sharing the lead single from the record “Beat the Heart”online now.
“Beat the Heart” is inspired by dreamy yet straightforward performance videos of the late ‘80s by bands like The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Frontwoman Sarah Cogan says the infectious and charging track laments “the lack of empathy that exists so strongly today.”
Tallies navigate an unfamiliar world on their confident self-titled debut album, which blends elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and surf rock into a fresh sound that’s all their own. Tallies is Sarah Cogan (vocals, rhythm guitar), Dylan Frankland (lead guitar), Cian O’Neill (drums), and Stephen Pitman (bass).
Cogan started music lessons at a young age, learning simple piano melodies and guitar chords that she could sing and write lyrics over. Frankland has also been immersed in music for most of his life, growing up with a music-obsessed father who introduced him to greats like The Smiths, The Sundays, Aztec Camera, and Cocteau Twins. He subconsciously carried these influences into Tallies, which is evident in the Johnny Marr stylings of his guitar riffs and the Robin Guthrie-tinged shoegaze textures of his production. “While writing this album, we were listening to The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic a lot,” says Frankland, adding, “Harriet Wheeler’s soft-spokenly sweet melodies has a major influence on where Sarah sometimes takes her writing to.”
The album was co-produced by Frankland and Josh Korody at Toronto’s Candle Recordings, a hot spot where locals like Metz, Dilly Dally, Austra, and Weaves have made indie classics. It’s also where Frankland works as an engineer/producer. With upbeat percussion, melodic bass riffs, and magnetic guitar leads, Tallies puts one-of-a-kind melodies to the universal impact of adulthood hitting you square in the face.
See Tallies live:
10/18 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Kanine Records Halifax Explosion Party
10/22 – Quebec, Canada – L’Anti Bar Spectacles
10/24 – Montreal, Canada – Casa Del Popolo
10/25 – Ottawa, Canada – Bar Robo
10/26 – Sudbury, Canada – The Townehouse
12/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (Kanine Records, Dr Martens, Collide Holiday Party)
Tallies track list:
4. Have You
5. Not So Proud
6. Trains and Snow
7. Beat the Heart
9. Giving Up
11. Easy Enough