Toronto’s Tallies are streaming their S/T debut exclusively on Hype Machine. ‘Tallies’ is out worldwide now, 2019 via Hand Drawn Dracula; buy it now here. ‘Tallies’ is also Rough Trade’s album of the month and available in exclusive vinyl at Rough Trade UK & USA. The band’s SXSW debut is confirmed for March. Toronto’s record release show is February 1st – see below for a full itinerary of upcoming dates.
‘Tallies’ was introduced with singles Mother (via Gold Flake Paint), Beat the Heart, (via Brooklyn Vegan), next up Trouble was praised by The Line of Best Fit who said “both brooding and bright, merging jangly, psychedelic guitar tones with a crashing beat that runs into the distance with Cogan’s angelic vocals“. Most recent single Easy Enough debuted via CLASH Magazine, which called the track “a guitar pop burner” and “a real shoegaze blaster.”
Tallies navigate an unfamiliar world on their confident self-titled debut album, which blends elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and surf rock into a fresh sound that’s all their own. Tallies is Sarah Cogan (vocals, rhythm guitar), Dylan Frankland (lead guitar), Cian O’Neill (drums), and Stephen Pitman (bass).
Cogan started music lessons at a young age, learning simple piano melodies and guitar chords that she could sing and write lyrics over. Frankland has also been immersed in music for most of his life, growing up with a music-obsessed father who introduced him to greats like The Smiths, The Sundays, Aztec Camera, and Cocteau Twins. He subconsciously carried these influences into Tallies, which is evident in the Johnny Marr stylings of his guitar riffs and the Robin Guthrie-tinged shoegaze textures of his production. “While writing this album, we were listening to The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic a lot,” says Frankland, adding, “Harriet Wheeler’s soft-spokenly sweet melodies has a major influence on where Sarah sometimes takes her writing to.”
The album was co-produced by Frankland and Josh Korody at Toronto’s Candle Recordings, a hot spot where locals like Metz, Dilly Dally, Austra, and Weaves have made indie classics. It’s also where Frankland works as an engineer/producer. With upbeat percussion, melodic bass riffs, and magnetic guitar leads, Tallies puts one-of-a-kind melodies to the universal impact of adulthood hitting you square in the face.
4. Have You
5. Not So Proud
6. Trains and Snow
7. Beat the Heart
9. Giving Up
11. Easy Enough
January 09 – Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
January 10 – No Face Studio, Philadelphia PA
January 11 – Songbyrd, Washington DC
January 12 – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond VA
February 01 – The Drake, Toronto ON (Record Release Party)
March 06 – Everybody Hits, Philadelphia PA
March 07 – The New Colossus, New York NY
March 09 – Savannah Stopover, Savannah GA
March 11-17 – SXSW, Austin TX
May 16-18 – Focus Wales, Wrexham UK