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Self Talk are releasing a dynamite EP ‘Almost Everything’ next week. Jen chats to Stacey to find out more.

SELF TALK ANNOUNCE NEW EP, SINGLE AND TOUR
ALMOST EVERYTHING EP OUT AUGUST 11, 2017
‘BEDSIDE DICTIONARY’  SINGLE RELEASED
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES THIS AUGUST!

 

Melbourne indie pop/rock quintet, Self Talk is thrilled to announce their upcoming Almost Everything EP featuring six dynamite tracks, which will be released on Friday 11 August 2017. Pre-orders available digitally via Inertia Access (where both ‘Old Habits’ and ‘Bedside Dictionary’ singles will be available to download instantly), and on vinyl via Lost Boy Records. Wasting no time, the band will hit the road the day after the EP release, co-headlining an Australian tour with Brief Habits in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
 
The five-piece formed in 2014, when Stacey Cicivelli (vocals/guitar) found herself in a song writing frenzy that led her to bring on board Frank Morda (drums), Michael Keirs (guitar), Amanda Norman (keys) and Brendan Aked (bass), and combine their talents to flesh out the acoustic skeletons. With a 90s influenced wistfulness, punk energy and dash of pop that has become Self Talk’s signature sound, the band are inspiring through heartache and hindsight, nostalgia and new beginnings.
 
Having toured with local favourites such as Ceres, Luca Brasi and Paper Thin, in late 2016, the band reunited with producer Aaron Dobos (British India, Ceres) to record their latest offering at Sing Sing Studios. With the first single, ‘Old Habits’ released in April – receiving airplay and glowing reviews from triple j announcers, the band is excited to release the second single, ‘Bedside Dictionary’ today.

The nostalgic number is about “relationships that don’t really get past the beginning, not because they don’t work or the people involved don’t like each other, but it just doesn’t go any further. Its about the various things that come with that, how it might feel, the frustration or disconnection, or even just acceptance really”. The official music video will be released later this month.

 

Hi! Congrats on your new single ‘Bedside Dictionary’. It is pretty tight and full of energy. I like the 90’s tinge to it. While writing this song was there a certain sound in mind or it took on a mind of it’s own?

Thank you! There’s never really a sound that we’re necessarily trying for, but I’m glad you can hear a bit of 90s in there! I write the songs and take them to the band, and sometimes they come out completely different to what I imagined, which is really great.

From the sound of ‘Bedside Dictionary’ I would have guessed that Self Talk was an older band. This is a complement! You came together as a band in 2014, can you tell us how?

I guess we’ve all been doing this for a while, so it makes sense for that to come through! At the end of 2014 I was writing heaps of songs and wanted to start a new project for them. We jammed a couple of the songs, then went into the studio in 2015 and recorded them. I wasn’t sure at that point what Self Talk was – whether we’d just record those songs, release them and that’d be it. But I guess we all really enjoyed it, and I wrote heaps more songs, so we just kept going.

 

Stacey, do you do all of the lyrics and the band helps with the music? Is that how your writing process goes? 

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I write the lyrics and the basic structure, then take it to the band so they can add the magic. We have some very similar but also very different influences, so I think we mesh well but end up getting a good mix of different ideas and styles.

‘Bedside Dictionary’ is about relationships that fizzle out. Was that written from personal experience? Or did you watch someone close to you that this happened to.

I guess it’s a bit of both. It’s not attached to one particular situation but a few different experiences, and also things I’ve observed and had conversations about. I read this thing on how the tiny relationships can sometimes be the hardest to get over because you’re not really expected to mourn them, and other people don’t take them seriously so you kind of end up doing it secretly and alone. I thought that was interesting.

There are loads of positive reviews on triple J for your first single ‘Old Habits’ and Untitled. Here is one

“So many things in this one that make Self Talk such a great band; those sugary-as hell synth & guitar lines, the beautiful portraits of broken relationships, and a production and arrangement that gives it a little Emo edge. You guys can keep putting out songs forever, as far as I am concerned.” ImSpencer

Do you actively look out for feedback like this? Is it something that you get together to celebrate?

I wouldn’t say we go out and look for it, but it’s always amazing to come across feedback like that. We all like to think that it doesn’t matter what people think of your music, but those positive vibes from other people really help.

Has there ever been a time when you received negative feedback? Do you guys have strategies to deal with this?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there with negative things to say about our music, but I don’t think we’ve come across any ourselves. I don’t think criticism is something to be afraid of and I guess when it happens you have to take on board anything that can help you, but also remind yourself that you can’t win everyone over, and just be okay with that. I think you have to develop a bit of a thick skin.

You have toured with Ceres, Luca Brasi and Paper Thin last year. Can you share any stories from those tours? Anything funny?

One of the best times on tour was driving to our show in Newcastle and hearing one of our songs on the radio for the first time, and Linda Marigliano saying lovely things about it! Not a funny story, but heaps of fun and completely unexpected! It was the best way to get pumped for a show!

Was it a learning experience? Can you share something that your learnt from supporting these bands?

Playing with bands like Ceres and Luca Brasi, who we love, is always a great experience for a little band like us. The adoring crowds, their tightness on stage, it’s all really great to watch.

The tour with Paper Thin was amazing. We’d never done anything like it before as Self Talk, so it was great to go interstate and have people turning up to the shows and singing along. It blew my mind that there could be even one person outside of Melbourne who knew our lyrics! We love the Paper Thin guys, they are so lovely and were so much fun to hang out with. They were the perfect band to share our first tour with them. We’ve definitely learnt that it’s really nice to share the whole experience with another band, which is why we’re doing the next one with Brief Habits!  

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Your EP is due for release on August 11th, I love your cover for it. Vintage pic of people having fun! Was there a reason for choosing that image to use?

I spent a lot of time trying to the find the right image, and this one just jumped out at me. There’s something about it. I love how it’s this random, candid moment, but somehow so perfect.

The day after the EP is released you start your Aussie tour, I like how you have included Adelaide, they are often left out.

We love Adelaide! It’s such a nice city. We played there last tour and had a great time, so we never questioned going back.

Finally, can you in 7 words tell us why people should catch you on tour to see one of your shows?

High energy, singalongs, and heaps of fun!

Good one! Thanks for your time Stacey, I wish you well for the release of your EP.

SELF TALK + BRIEF HABITS
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR 2017
With special guests
 
SAT 12 AUG @ THE OLD BAR, MELBOURNE VIC 18+ [FB event]
FRI 18 AUG @ THE PHOENIX, CANBERRA ACT 18+ [FB event]
SAT 19 AUG @ THE RECORD CRATE, SYDNEY NSW 18+ [FB event]
FRI 25 AUG @ CROWN AND ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA 18+ [FB event]
SAT 26 AUG @ THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD 18+ [FB event]
 
Tickets available at the door – $10 entry
 
RSVP – FACEBOOK EVENT

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Twitter.com/selftalkband
Selftalk.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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