Thanks for having us. We’re good. We’ve just had an intense few months writing new material and focusing on our live sound. We have lots of new songs, lots of ideas and lots of new equipment so we’re feeling pretty excited.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Heads Down”?
We’re releasing “Heads Down” on June 2nd and on the same day we are holding a launch party at the Hope and Anchor in Islington. It will be available on itunes, spotify, the whole shebang.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song in general is about remembrance and the struggles we all go through when dealing with tragic or horrific events, both individually and socially. Last year’s 15th anniversary of 9/11 was the inspiration behind the song, although it’s more about our attitudes to remembrance in general.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not as of yet. We’re hoping to let the song speak for itself, although we wouldn’t rule it out.
How was the recording and writing process?
Our Guitarist James wrote the main body of the song and then we all chipped in with suggestions, tweaks, lyrical ideas etc. We’re quite democratic in the way we write our songs, everyone generally has decent suggestions and everyone plays more than one instrument which is useful. We self produced the song on our own Imprint label, Southcote Records, in Newbury.
What was it like to work with Pete Dowsett and how did that relationship develop?
Pete is great – he mastered the track for us and we’re really pleased with the energy he managed to bring out of it. Some of the band had worked with him before during sessions at metropolis studios and we thought we’d ask him to get on board.
How much did he influence the song?
They say mastering is an art, not a science, and it’s something we’d struggled with in the past. We couldn’t be happier with the final product.
What role does London plays in your music?
London has more of an impact on our music than we sometimes realise. We are all, as a band, migrants to the city, and so the atmosphere, the chaos and the sheer scale of London has helped us create new work, despite being overwhelming at times. Undoubtably, the music has become more focused and urgent in the year since we arrived, and has helped us find something new between the five of us. It’s hard to tell what it is exactly, but the city is where we need to be.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
We’ve just finished writing the material for our next EP and will be recording it this summer. We’re really pleased with the songs we’ve been writing recently. It has been hard to decide which songs to record but we’ve just settled on the four new tracks we want to release this year, but they’re a secret…
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We’ll be releasing it in autumn with the date to be confirmed.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re heading to Exeter at the end of May to play a few gigs, including a set at Poltimore Festival on the 28th. The rest of our upcoming gigs are base in London and the South-East, although we’re currently looking to gig further afield.
What else is happening next in TALMA’s world?
We want to carry forward the momentum gained from Heads Down, and push towards new and exciting prospects in the future. We are writing the best tunes of our lives at the moment, and want to get them into peoples lives by whatever means we can.