Margaritas & Michael McDonald: Land Of Talk live @ The Cavern June 19th, 2007
I've got a tip for all you fans of Land Of Talk: the band loves margaritas. If they're swinging through your town do yourself a favor and offer them up some frosty concoctions from our friends south of the border. It will absolutely make their day. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with LOT at their stop in Dallas, and over the course of several cocktails and about a pack and a half of cigarettes chat with them regarding their recent surge in popularity ("We have fans in China!"), the current state of Montreal's music scene ("Still viable even after the pillaging that took place during the last few years") and their favorite songs to listen to while driving in the touring van ("I Keep Forgetting by Michael McDonald. No joke").
On the cusp of wrapping up their 25 date North American tour, the band were quite reflective on the last fews years. Having recently inked a deal with UK indie stalwarts One Little Indian while at the same time losing their original drummer, Elizabeth Powell and Co. are ready for the exciting challenges ahead but still weary of what they lost to get to this point in their career. After their final stop in the US, the band heads back to Montreal to tie up some loose ends and then just as quickly as they arrived, head to the UK for 3 weeks worth of gigs. OLI will re-release their debut with several new tracks but a new album probably won't see the light of day until next summer.
During the course of our hour together, LOT kept circling back to the subject of their fan base. Small but fiercely loyal, fans of the band camped out in front of The Cavern's tiny stage hours before the band plugged in but once they did, LOT treated them to a blistering, stellar performance. Feeling the effects of the margaritas (One fan asked what was in them, and Elizabeth, ever the quick witted frontwoman replied "One shot of awesome!" It was priceless.) LOT tore into tracks from ACBH as well as two new songs. Combining a sound that closely resembles The Prentenders on qualuudes, Land Of Talk readily showcased a true love of their craft and for each other. Do yourself a favor: invite your friends over, mix up a batch of margaritas, and dig the pop fuzz stylings of Land Of Talk. You can thank me later. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Land Of Talk: Magnetic Hill
Land Of Talk: Sea Foam
Land Of Talk: Summer Special (highly rec'd!!)