Girl Band have revealed they will finally follow-up 2015’s debut album Holding Hands With Jamie with The Talkies on September 27th.
The album was recorded during November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin which represented ‘a few pay grades above what we’re used to’ according to the band, and which helped to foster a dramatic sound. “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house,” Alan Duggan elaborates, while Daniel Fox adds:
“We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.”
“After we cancelled the last tour we weren’t really writing together as much anymore so we were more into demoing and writing down parts then cutting them up, collaging them together in the computer and reconfiguring them that way,” Fox, who also produced the record, continues.
First single Shoulderblades, primed last month, now has an official video directed by Girl Band’s long-term collaborator Bob Gallagher. “I think it’s a real testament to the creative spirit of the band that they encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and attempt to make something with no props or set dressing or conventional narrative, and to try and articulate an idea with dance and movement,” he says of it.