Talk in Code
Talk in Code are a four-piece Swindon-based synth-led anthemic Indie-pop band made up of:
Chris Stevens – Guitar and Vocals
Alastair “Snedds” Sneddon – Guitars and Programming
Mark “Titch” Turner – Bass and Programming
Jamie O’Sullivan - Drums
Talk In Code have supported Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jesus Jones, My Life Story, Annabel Allum, Marc Almond and many more. Well established on the festival circuit, Talk In Code have also been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and Q Magazine Track of The Day.
The new album, Resolve, is the band’s second album and was recorded and produced at Studio 6 in Wootton Bassett. The launch at The Victoria was a return to their Swindon home after having recently played headline shows at The Horn in St Albans and Spice of Life in London.
The new album has 10 tracks and each were played on the night.
Play with Fire – a light, upbeat, high tempo pop song.
Keep Safe – very reminiscent of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), a classic 80s style synth led track.
Never Too Late – A more guitar-led track with some tight instrument playing and strong riffs and vocals that were more of a yearning call to action, a cry in the night for all to hear.
Oxygen – Oxygen is more gritty, at the harder end of the pop spectrum or the pop end of the rock spectrum. It has the feel of a single and has a singalong chorus that you can’t help joining in with. This was our favourite track of the album and of the live performance.
So it Goes – A head bobbing, crowd pleaser with a nice relaxed lead guitar that complements the vocals perfectly and a drum beat that dictates how you hear the tempo of the track.
Disguise – This track tells a story. A vocal that is walking you through a journey with the band. A proper old-school album track, from before every track has to sound like a single. Exactly how albums should be. They should reveal more than a group of singles and this track rewards the listener for owning the album. It changed the tempo of the gig, swaying rather than dancing, but this doesn’t detract from the track. This is a more atmospheric track.
Satellite – The softer side of the band continued with Satellite, a more soulful and sad story.
Without a Trace – has a feel of The Editors and is an easy listening track that will appeal to student age fans. This reviewer can imagine a future of teenage fans crowding the barriers at a TIC gig, tear-streaked faces behind outstretched arms as they sing along every word with Chris Stevens vocals and feel every emotion behind the lyrics.
Tides – Tides takes us back to a more upbeat pop tempo with some smooth vocals and instrument harmonies.
Come On, Die Young – Come on Die Young is a proper closing track – upbeat, strong synth backing, with a high-energy chorus to sing along to and left us with a big grin at the end of the show.
Every song played had the supportive crowd moving to the music and singing along. We could feel that every one of the people in the crowd were fans, either new or old was unclear but it didn’t matter. If they weren’t fans when they arrived, they were when they left and this reviewer can see a bright future for this band as their exposure increases and their fan-base inevitably grows. We will watch their progress with interest and look forward to seeing them again as they progress.
Lia and Joao
Bands on Demand