Recently nominated for Best Live Blues and Roots act in the 2023 National Live Music Awards, Sweet Talk are renowned for their high-energy live shows. Their latest single 'Warm Love' distils their ability to whip unsuspecting punters into frenzied states of boogie and unabashed song into a raucous 4-minute studio track.
'Warm Love' is dripping with vintage tones and swagger from the first downbeat. "It's got a little more rock n roll steez about it," admits frontman Tane Walker, of the band's adventurous new sound. "We took what we normally do, then dirtied up the tones and tuned our instruments down half a step," adds bass player James Harding.
The track expertly mimics the bands attitude; sounding as though you've walked into a basement dive and among the cigarette-smoke haze stands the boisterous Melbourne 6-piece belting it out. That cesspit of noise and sweat, known as live music, is often the breeding ground for the band's music. "Warm Love is a belter to play live!" says guitarist Soren Walker. "That's the litmus test we need to vet songs for the studio, if the punters come alive, then it deserves a shot on record, and this immediately ticked that box."
When searching for that vintage swagger at Melbourne's Soundpark Recording Studios, the band knew they had to go old school. "The sessions were tracked to tape on Soundpark's Studer A800 and caressed with care on old Neve preamps. The sessions referenced playlists of 1970s for the sound, tone, ambience and feel."
The track's star-studded credits include Sweet Talk and Alex Markwell on producing and engineering, and multi Grammy award winning mixer Trina Shoemaker (Charley Crockett, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker). "We reached out and Trina was super enthusiastic as she's mad for vocals and really loved Tane's voice. It was fantastic to work with her as she heard things in a way we didn't which just bought things to life" adds guitarist David Turner.
The song's accompanying video clip offers a first-hand look at those fervent nights at Soundpark Recording Studios. "This "fly on the wall" insight shows Sweet Talks internal working, interior decorations skills and a makeshift tequila sun rise bar to keeping the boogie flowing well into the August nights."
The Alt-Country troubadours have quickly gained a loyal following, bringing their stage antics to the far reaches of this brown land. They've ticked off festivals like Queenscliff Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend, Blues On Broadbeach and have just returned from the renowned Gympie Music Muster.
Now their sights are set on a homecoming tour. Sweet Talk's 'Sweet Victoria Tour' sees the band embark on a 5-date jaunt around regional Victoria. They're also slated to appear at this year's Dashville Skyline and Blues to Bridgetown, and will be launching the new single in style at Melbourne's Gasometer Hotel.
Tight pocket playing recorded live to tape, wild preacher man lead vocals, soul brother harmonies and soaring dual lead guitar solos. 'Warm Love' stitches together a rich tapestry of vintage influence into something altogether unique.
16th September – 'Warm Love' Single Launch – The Gasometer Hotel – Collingwood, VIC
28th September – 1st October – Dashville Skyline – Lower Belford, NSW
27th October – Bridge Hotel – Castlemaine, VIC
28th October – The Eastern Hotel – Ballarat, VIC
29th October – The Barwon Club – South Geelong, VIC
3rd November – Music on the Hill – Main Ridge, VIC
4th November – Archies Creek Hotel – Archies Creek, VIC
10th – 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown – Bridgetown, WA
**Tickets on sale now and available via https://www.sweettalkmusic.com.au/