It’s a simple love story really…I just really love July Talk. Tuesday, they played a free showcase for The Edge and this is what happened.
The room is black. Windows covered, the instruments in the centre taunt those who have been waiting outside for over an hour.
Front row with shaky hands and a racing heart, I smile widely. No matter how many times I see them play, July Talk makes me feel as excited as a six year old at a One Direction concert. Though I pride myself for not jumping on them and crying as they stride passed. Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay (vocals), guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist Josh Warburton and drummer Danny Miles take their places marked on the floor. With a glance around the room, it’s clear, my internal reaction is seen in the eyes of many others in the crowd. Gathered in a circle, we wait as the band waves and thanks us. We cheer, they smile, and the anticipation in the room breaks at the first note of Push and Pull.
Three songs for the Sugar Beach session were expected, but soon after the final song ends a little bit of sadness arises. We came, we saw, Peter screamed, it ended.
Or so we thought.
Another song began. It became very clear a mini July Talk concert was breaking out. With each show different from the last, the only thing to be expected is the unexpected. Dropping to the floor, Fay crawling and both eating microphones, the band plays a set selected by the audience as they go. A few songs in, fans are called to join Dreimanis in the centre to sing Fay’s part of Paper Girl while she walks around the room thanking everyone for coming.
New songs from their album are played and it’s the best way to hear the singles before their second album Touch is released next month. Never failing to amaze, the band ends sweaty, smiling and leaving everyone satisfied.
Check out more photos of the show below.