Singer Henry Adams captivates attention with a bravado and charm rarely seen among many frontmen, while the telepathic tightness of guitarists Jack Rennie, James Creed, bassist Pete Warren and drummer Jonny Harrison make TALMA a force to be reckoned with.
Where TALMA draw direct inspiration from the likes of The Smiths, The War On Drugs and The National, they also incisively employ a musical diversity and dynamic range comparable to the likes of Radiohead and Wolf Alice.
The result is a band who operate without creative constraints and who are primed to challenge the seemingly predetermined conception of modern British rock.
The lead track of the second EP release, Out To Sea is a song of two halves.
TALMA drummer Johnny Harrison explains: "Many of our artistic influences write about death in their music - The Smiths, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd.
In my own writing I sought to approach the subject from a positive viewpoint, or at least a bittersweet one. Out To Sea is about being comfortable with the concept of mortality, an acceptance that can afford us a sense of opportunity in fleeting moments and a perception of fate that gives rise to purpose. The culmination of the track in the second half instrumental almost expresses the ecstasy that comes with these realisations - we can embrace the absurdity of it all.”
The Black Heart, Camden
Thursday, 7:00PMLondon, United Kingdom