By Jamie Goyman
VANCOUVER – On the cusp of their third release, Lens, Canadian trio Close Talker are fully geared up to ensure listeners get the full picture of who they are in 2017. Lens features songs that emulate the -40 degree Saskatoon environment they wrote the LP in, pushing that homegrown feel while creating a healthy balance between upbeat tracks and a song you wouldn’t mind cozying up inside with. From the raw energy in “All of Us” and the rhythmic “OK Hollywood,” to the album closer “Seasonal Friends,” there is an overall sense of growth displayed personally and within the band’s dynamics. Released on April 21, the album’s 10 songs are an emotive balance of indie electronica rock and pop dynamics, with soft vocals, unusual signatures in the drums, and angular riffs.
“We made it a bit more drum heavy,” explains vocalist and guitarist Will Quiring, who is bolstered by second guitarist and vocalist Matthew Kopperud, and drummer Christopher Morien. Former bassist Jeremy “Jerms” Olson is no longer part of the band, so Close Talker decided to fill in for him. They were “wanting to fill the bass out that way, incorporated more synths; the album is a snapshot of where we were in our lives, really, so the title Lens plays a role in setting the album in place.”
With the entire band heavily playing a part in songwriting, the creative influence and diversity shared between the three becomes more apparent with each album produced, specifically hearing the camaraderie they share and growth they’ve experienced throughout their 10-plus-year friendship.
“I think that’s what makes us the band we are; when we play together live we know how to play off of each other’s creativity and know where the other guys want to take the song before it even happens,” says Quiring. Their continuous adaptation of group dynamics and progression through each album shows Close Talker has found their identity as a band, always ensuring they expand creatively with each project they work on.
Coming off of their third round at SXSW, the guys of Close Talker are focused on ensuring that quality is what they are giving to audiences when they hit their North American and European tours.
“There’s two keyboards, two guitars, bass pedals, drums, a drum pad and only three of us,” Quiring explains. “I think we are very intentional with everything we record; with Lens we had the whole album mastered twice because we were thinking about the order so much that we had to spend the extra cash to redo it. We are really passionate about what we create and put out and want to put our best foot forward.”
With that amount of care put into their music it’s easy to see why Close Talker has become a favourite of many. Close Talker perform April 26 at Lucky Bar (Victoria) and April 27 at the Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver).Close Talker, Lucky Bar, The Biltmore Cabaret