It's fair to say Strange Talk is passionate about pop, right down to the lyrics tattooed across the forearms of singer Stephen Docker. You can hear this passion and precision in their debut single 'Climbing Walls', a song that took them from a bedroom studio in Melbourne to shooting a film clip on a over-sized chess board in the middle of the Mojave desert.
Strange Talk is Stephen Docker, a former classical violinist from the Australian Youth Orchestra, and Gerard Sidhu, a DJ/Producer. At a house party in Melbourne, drunken bonding over pop heroes Michael Jackson and Queen – as well as new production outfits like Justice and Starsmith – inspired them to combine their musical abilities towards a sound that was classic in its approach but forward thinking in its production. The spark that flew was the track 'Climbing Walls'. This revved up dance pop track delivers what Neon Gold calls "an unwavering refusal to settle for mediocrity… with vocal chops that will set hearts on fire" – being the first melody ever written by Stephen, and his debut singing behind a microphone!
'Climbing Walls' hit No.1 on the Billboard's Uncharted Charts, No.1 most popular on Hype Machine, airplay on Radio 1, Triple J and Nova (as well as being Unearthed by Triple J), and receiving over half a million views on YouTube.
THE HUNDRED DAYS
Drawing from a variety of influences (postpunk, alternative, britpop), the band's familiar, yet intrinsically unique sound has been compared to The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Radiohead as well as contemporary rockers Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery and The Killers. A moody, dynamic indie rock band, The Hundred Days showcase tight musicianship complemented by razor-sharp pop writing capabilities with both sophistication and urgency.
Brisbane’s Cub Sport had a rollercoaster ride in 2012, starting the year with their catchy ditty “Evie” taking over the airwaves solidifying their reputation in Australia and bookending the year with “Told You So” eclipsing that success and becoming a breakout hit on US college radio. In between, the band toured nationally with the likes of Ball Park Music and Loon Lake and won the Queensland Music Awards Song of the Year for their second single “Do You Hear”.
2013 sees the band with their sights set firmly overseas. January saw them peak at #16 on US college radio bible CMJ’s charts with well over 100 stations around the US spinning their breakout track “Told You So”, while the band were also selected to perform at seminal festivals The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and Music Matters Singapore, with their new UK team working on their Spring tour, which will wind its way through the UK and finishing up with shows on the way home through Singapore and Vietnam before the band heads across to the states for the first time.