Talleen | Economy | Louder Than War’s First Video
Talleen: Economics – single review and first video
New Montreal dark wave champions Talleen clearly have something to say with the release of their new single, Economics. It’s a hard-hitting post-punk commentary on capitalism that certainly can’t be ignored.
Talleen is a hard-hitting dark wave quintet from Montreal that is starting to make a big splash on the local music scene. Following the release of their debut album, The Black Sea, in 2018, the band started making waves to record follow-up material in late 2019 as well as planning live shows, but the lockdown ended that for. some time. Now, finally, Talleen is reappearing with their new self-released single, Economics, and Louder Than War brings you the first video.
The ten songs on The Black Sea album proved how serious contenders Talleen is as they begin to find their feet. With the power of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the intensity of Killing Joke, the anarchic vocal delivery of The Fall and the warmth of Primal Scream at their most incendiary, it was a magnificent statement of intent. The new single, Economics, follows much in the same vein with its mighty and powerful basslines, kaleidoscopic guitar sound and mocking vocal delivery and really takes no prisoners.
The band described the single as “something of a scathing commentary on terminal capitalism and the market’s obsession with profit before people.” With singer Alex Petersen’s lyrics including lines like “And those with all the gold make all the rules”, you know exactly where they’re coming from. Drummer Alex Crow added: “We wanted to reflect how our society can sometimes be shrouded in mystery and symbolism, with money being the driving force behind the illusion.”
The group also includes Alex Brianson on guitars, Mike Rodgers on bass and JC Tellier on synths. Talleen has already supported Idles, Temples and Viagra Boys and is planning more gigs for early 2022 with a new EP. With the momentum already building, I hope they can make it to the UK soon. Another group to watch.
You can buy the album La Mer Noire here.
All the words of Ian Corbridge. You can find more of his writings on his author profile.