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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 September 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Tallies for the first time – plus guests Easter!

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. The band was founded by singer and rhythm guitarist Sarah Cogan and lead guitarist Dylan Frankland, a couple who met in a sound engineering class while attending Algonquin College. Tallies’ sound was fully realised with the addition of Frankland’s friend from childhood rock camp, drummer Cian O’Neill, and bassist Stephen Pitman. In a year since relocating to Toronto, the quartet have played shows with bands like Mudhoney, Hatchie, Sloan and fellow Toronto band Weaves.

Sarah 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.’

Despite lyrics that confront the anxieties and uncertainties of growing up, DIY Mag noted their style is more carefree, calling it ‘woozy, surf-pop nodding gold that wouldn’t sound out of place blaring out of a busted cadillac cruising past Venice Beach’. Opening track Trouble is a song about naivety and being unable to foresee potential forthcoming danger. ‘This innocence, for women especially, is impossible to maintain as you grow older,’ notes Cogan. On their infectious and charging lead single Beat The Heart, Cogan laments ‘the lack of empathy that exists so strongly today’. Mother touches on the transition from an adolescent, dependent relationship with your parents to a mature, independent one. Cogan questions what parental advice to take and what to leave behind, knowing she’ll learn from it either way (‘My mother taught me to ask questions / She said that boyfriend will not do / I talked yet still I never listened / Somehow she always still rings true’). Album closer Easy Enough meditates on the lasting impact we have on each other and a realisation of ‘how difficult it is to move past changing relationships,’ Cogan says, while Giving Up addresses environmental concerns, namely global warming.

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. It’s the band’s soundtrack for adjustment and their outlet for making sense of the lessons they’ve learned throughout a year of change: ‘This year was very eye opening to how some people have made me feel new and uneasy emotions, and others have been so generous with kindness,’ says Cogan. ‘I find it so interesting how people are so individual and different when we’re all built the same. I’ve grown from these interactions by recognising them more and more everyday — Learning how to adapt and understand what people’s intentions really are and what my sensitive mind is contorting.’

‘This quartet hit a melancholy sweet spot between The Sundays, Sarah Records and Slowdive‘ – Q

Support comes from Easter. Manchester indie rockers Easter returned in 2018 with their second album, Meander Lines, released on Super Smash Hit Records. Receiving praise from Uncut, Record Collector and The Crack Magazine among others, the album cements the band’s reputation as one the city’s current finest. Having toured the UK for the past year they’re back on the road in the autumn to support the release of upcoming EP Doubt Rings Eternal.

Meander Lines blends disparate elements, embodying the spirit of Neil Young, Television and Dinosaur Jr whilst also recalling the likes of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band and The Dream Syndicate. The free-improv tendencies of drummer Andrew Cheetham combine with the guitars to weave an intricate patchwork over the songs. For all of Manchester’s illustrious musical history, it’s hard to bring to mind a local act that they compare or aspire to. Singles Suicidal Kiss and Open Grave fit the three-and-a-half minute rocker format, album centrepiece Pixel Princess breaks into heaviness and exploration while the gentler excursions of My Dreams Were Dead and New Clothes wear their slow core influences gladly. Live all these aspects come together to create a powerful melee which has earned support slots with White Hills, Rangda, Mugstar and Mono.

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