The Talks – Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves


There are few things more fun than ska. It actually makes you move like pop often claims to do, but it’s got the edge of rock ‘n’ roll and sometimes the chill of reggae. It’s a versatile type of music never leaving you bored. Even better is when a band plays up these differences and turns them into opportunities. That is what you’ll find in The Talks’ new album “Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves.”

The album starts off with “Don’t Look Behind You,” a ska anthem sounding exactly how you’d want your favorite ska songs to sound. There’s the reggae inspired popping beat driven by guitars, that incredibly tight and high snare drum crack and it almost has a carnival feel to it. This is your intro to album saying, “Welcome to the show.”

There are other songs like “Tear Us Apart” that have the same feel, but are slowed down and really focused on the vocal harmonies. “Ceasefire,” featuring Itch of The King Blues, takes inspiration from reggae, but throws in a drumbeat that brings it closer to rock/rap. However, those guitars are in the background, reminding you that this is still a ska band.

Check out the video below for “Radio,” one of the singles from “Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves,” releasing Sept. 24.

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