Win tickets to The Tapestry at Salford’s Islington Mill
Liam, Katy, Dyna and Zara recorded the song at The Charlatans’ Big Mushroom studio with their producer Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Doves) and mastered it at Abbey Road with Alex Wharton (Paul McCartney, Pixies, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine).
“We Talk took a while to write,” explains bassist Katy, “and it was around in several forms before it started to work. It was one of those songs that one day just clicked – everything fell into place. It’s a perfect pop song that has great parts and contributions from all four of us.”
Written in 2014, the song has evolved over the past 12 months and the band’s perseverance has paid off. “Some songs happen quickly,” says singer Liam. “This was the opposite. Neil Young once said that writing some songs is like taming a wild animal. Try too hard and you’ll scare it away. Patience is needed. Writing We Talk was definitely like that.”
With its disco-influenced drums and bass that nod to the band’s love of Chic, and The Taps’ signature group vocals, We Talk builds on the upbeat scratch guitar funk of previous single Infatuation, though with more oblique lyrics.
“Lyrically, I wasn’t being too direct about anything in particular”, says Liam. “’We talk and dance away’ was the first thing I came up with on the spot. We decided to keep it as a cheeky nod to Roxy Music.”
The band also shot a video for the single with up and coming director Dan Ollerhead: “We’re all really happy with it”, says guitarist Dyna. “Dan has done a great job to pull it all together in such a short space of time and make all of our ugly mugs look presentable on camera.”
Drummer Zara explains the decision to give the song away for free: “It’s our way of saying thanks for all the support. We have some truly dedicated followers and wanted to give something back to them.”
To win one of three pairs of tickets for The Tapestry’s show at Salford’s Islington Mill this Saturday (December 12, 2015), sign up to the band’s mailing list via the Contact page at www.tapestryband.co.uk. Winners will be chosen and notified on Friday by 12pm.
Images by Chris Payne
To listen to The Tapestry on the Northern Soul Podcast, click here
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