London-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tally Spear will self-release her brand new single ‘Wrong Side Of The Road’ on 5th May 2017. Listen here
Offering a contemporary take on country-tinged Americana folk music, the young artist infuses her 60s leaning songwriting with driving drums, harmonised choruses and a sun-kissed demeanour, which soaked by the energised sound of a harmonica, unveils a poignant lyrical undertow conveying emotions far from simple.
Drawing inspiration from a range of classic talent, the influence of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Nick Drake can be heard through the song’s organic folk-flecked sound. Based around her struggle to find a secure direction, Tally Spear lays her raw feelings down in a way that young writers are not usually capable of. Her honest and confessional lyrics offer the path of her artistry, and making her influences clear she explains “Through Dylan I have learnt that as long as you have a few simple chords and a story to tell, you can create something very special.”
Growing up in an artistic household, as the daughter of a theatre actress and a musician, Tally Spear was fed traditional folk and rock music from an early age, and started playing under the influence of her father, who encouraged her development as an artist, whilst her grandparents, being dancers and actors, introduced her to performing arts. A trained pianist and self taught guitarist, she started writing and playing her own music at a very young age.
This creative background added to her precocious passion for words – finding herself struggling with insomnia and an anxiety disorder – writing became her therapeuthic art. Stories organically fitted into chords and melodies, expressing her personal difficulties as well as perceived social and political issues – raised as a vegan, Tally Spear is a keen animal rights advocate and involves this content in her some of her writing.
‘Wrong Side Of The Road’ sees the 21 year old songwriter honing her musical skills and blossoming as a vivid storyteller. She may just be getting started, but with a live session recently filmed withSofar Sounds and with live credentials that already include performances at Liverpool Sound City and Ronnie Scott’s, the new single looks to firmly catapult her into people’s consciousness.