New Talk Normal – “Hot Song”

Talk Normal, the Brooklyn duo of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sarah Register and yowling drummer Andrya Ambro, are following up various CD-R’s and 2008’s Secret Cog EP with an official full-length Sugarland, a heady 10-song/45-minute dose of their clamoring post-no wave deconstruction. If you’ve heard them, it’ll be unsurprising to learn Sightings bassist Richard Hoffman shows up on it. Or that they’re opening for Teenage Jesus & The Jerks in a couple of days. Or that one of the collection’s tracks is a cover of Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home a Heartache.” (If it seems surprising, listen to the original again.) I’m not sure what inspired the title Sugarland, but there’s that gay bar on N. 9th in Brooklyn that’s basically the only remaining structure on a street where construction seems stalled, the sidewalks are crumbling, and the rubble’s looking longterm. Regardless of whether or not I’m right, for a band who’s clearly inspired by an older, dirtier, more adventurous and empty downtown NYC, the reference is perfect on half a dozen levels. Listen to opener “Hot Song.”

Talk Normal – “Hot Song” (MP3)

On Sugarland “Hot Song”‘s followed by “In A Strangeland”:

Talk Normal – “In A Strangeland” (MP3)

Sugarland is out 10/27 via Rare Book Room. The duo has a hometown show then hits the road:

10/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (WFMU Fest) #
10/27 – New York, NY @ Cakeshop %
10/28 – South Hadley, MA @ Mount Holyoke
10/29 – Providence, RI @ Building 16 ^
10/30 – New York, NY @ TBA
10/31 – Washington, DC @ American University !!
11/01 – Baltimore, MD @ TBD
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ PIFAS **
11/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Nerve
11/04 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon
11/05 – Louisville, KY @ Swan Dive
11/06 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
11/07 – Iowa City, IA @ TBA &
11/08 – Kansas City, KS @ TBD
11/09 – Tulsa, OK @ TBD
11/10 – Albuquerque, NM  @ TBD
11/11 – Tempe or Phoenix, AZ @ TBD
11/12 – San Diego, CA @ Music Trader ^^
11/13 – Los Angeles, @ TBD
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Smell
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBD
11/16 – Oakland, CA @ TBD
11/17 – San Francisco, CA @ TBD
11/18 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD
11/19 – Eugene, OR @ TBD
11/20 – Portland, OR @ Backspace ((
11/21 – Olympia, WA @ TBA
11/22 – Vancouver, BC @ TBD
11/23 – Seattle, WA @ TBD
11/24 – Portland, OR @ Valentine’s ##
11/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBD
11/28 – Denver, CO @ TBD
11/29 – Lawrence, KS @ TBD
11/30 – Iowa CIty, IA @ TBD
12/01 – TBD
12/02 – TBD
12/03 – TBD
12/04 – New York City @ TBD
12/05 – New York City @ TBD

# w/ Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Sightings, Drunkdriver
% w/ Pterodactyl, Antimagic
^ w/ Little Teeth and Hyena
!! w/ Tickley Feather and Soft Power
** w/ Social Junk
& w/ Wet Hair and Cursillistas
^^ w/ Blessure Grave, Wet Hair, and Entertainment
(( w/ Wet Hair and Silver Interior
## w/ Wet Hair and Eternal Tapestry

[Photo by Lori Baily]

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