After three self-released EPs, Talk Show Host’s work in the local scene has paid off with the release of their debut album, Mid-Century Modern, via Wiretap Recordings. The new album is available everywhere on June 4th.
- Melodic vocals – CHECK
- Riff heavy ramp ups – CHECK
- Bass & drum ramp ups – CHECK
- Call & responses – CHECK
- Songs written for the in-show sing-a-long – CHECK
- Songs written for the jump-up-and-downsies – CHECK
- A few obscure references for the true nerds – CHECK
One of the album’s lead off singles, “Crisis Actors,” attempts to mix up the pop-driven album up with a heavier, political message. While the song has shades of Alkaline Trio, I would not say this is the fuck-you, Anti-Flag-inspired anthem the band was hoping for.
Additional highlights include:
“Warmest Condolences” is a clear hit. “Syntax Error OK” will be the B-Side fan favorite at future shows. “The Ballad o Jack Nance” is a bit of a head scratcher. I listened and listened for a direct Jack Nance reference and couldn’t find one. I wouldn’t call myself a David Lynch scholar, but I’m at least a TA on the subject. At most I could decipher a possible Laura Palmer reference: “91, in November, she was off, on a bender…” (See! An Easter egg for the nerds that have spent far too long pondering over what is likely just a fun song title.)
The album isn’t particularly complex or original in its sound but overall Mid-Century Modern is an enjoyable summer listen and bait for the next garage-band teen movie. Self-described as “two recovering punks and an indie rocker,” Talk Show Host is the Canadian-nice punk band you can take home to your mom.
Mid-Century Summer is available here on June 4.