Of all the bands playing this year’s X-Fest, this band is one that seems to be on every single person’s “Must See” List: July Talk.
The band came out with their debut album and it was a bit of a slow burner for the band before people started to know who these unique Canadian act was, but once they did, momentum didn’t stop. This band has come through Calgary a plethora of times (and I don’t use the word Plethora very often) but every single show, the crowd gets bigger and bigger with thousands showing up for their show at The Stampede back in 2015 – where we got to hear the first batch of new songs – and finally July Talk‘s new highly anticipated record ‘Touch’ will be out September 9th!
This one changes the pace a little bit from what we have heard previously from July Talk, a more intimate sounding track called ‘Strange Habit’ which may fit in line with the band’s reason for calling the album ‘Touch’: As we live in this world of people obsessed with their phone screens, and how they look in a mirror, the human touch may be the antidote to all of that. There’s something so pure and honest about just 2 people touching.
Jake Bugg was just 19 when he released his critically acclaimed debut album, reaching number 1 in the UK charts. It’s also one of the highest selling albums since 2010. After all this, he got a bit of a reputation for being a “spoiled teenager” despite his talents. However, as of late, he has grown, not just a person, but musically as well. Let’s put sounds into perspective here. This was Jake Bugg‘s first big single ‘Two Fingers’
Fast Forward 3 years, and 2 albums later and Jake Bugg has released his latest album ‘On My One’ (the title track of which goes into the idea if he lost all of this fame and success) is a definite change of pace for the young rocker. It’s folky, and rocky, yeah…but Jake Bugg dabbles in Hip Hop, and Rap, and he even worked with Mike D of the Beastie Boys on some songs. Those didn’t make the record, but still influenced him a lot. Even just working in Malibu with Mike D made Jake Bugg realize that it’s a place far too relaxing, so he had to head back to Nottingham to work on his music – taking what he learned with him. This track ‘Gimme The Love’ is a pure example of the difference a couple years, and a few hundred shows makes in the life of an artist.