People love July Talk. Like, they really love July Talk. The Toronto band (and recent CASBY winners for Favourite New Song) made their triumphant return to their hometown this past weekend and were welcomed back with the fervour usually reserved for bands that have been around for decades. It was of course, a most well deserved reception.
It was hard to tell which was louder, July Talk or the crowd facing them. The band’s only been in the spotlight for about three years and they’ve already become one of the most adored acts in Canadian rock. One reason might be their distinctive sound- one that really has no comparison in modern music. Another is most likely their incredible live show.
The band has crafted a unique aesthetic of dark, dramatic performances that are as entertaining as the music itself. It’s the interplay between vocalists Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay, who act out scenes out of some untold play about a tumultuous relationship, that really drives audiences wild. It’s a visceral, cathartic experience that sees the two thrashing about during the more frenetic songs and miming out acts of desperate longing during the more subdued tunes.
The tunes, of course! There were plenty of those as well, as the band played a mix of crowd pleasers from both their self-titled debut and their 2016 record Touch. It’s hard to say which songs hit the hardest as every single one was met with thunderous applause. Some standouts included “Guns + Ammunition”, which saw Dreimanis crowd surf while continuing to play guitar, the tortured “My Neck”, and closer “The Garden”, a fan favorite.
October ended with July this year, and though the band continues on their massive tour now it’s very obvious that we’ll be seeing them again-a lot- in 2017, and beyond.