Tallies Announce Patina

Toronto’s Tallies today announce their new album, Patina, alongside sharing a new single: “Hearts Underground”. The new album, out through Bella Union (UK/EU) / Kanine Records (US) / Hand Drawn Dracula (Can)on 29th July follows their self-titled debut which scored support at MOJO, CRACK, DIY, NYLON, 6Music and many more upon release in 2019.

Speaking about the new single, singer Sarah Cogan says: “This song is that little voice that kicks yourself. The voice that says, “why’d you do that?” In this case, it was about how it holds me back, sometimes for the better. It’s about self-sabotage. Sometimes you wish this little voice would speak up sooner and not just after the fact. I wrote a song about that little voice that I’ve heard my whole life; it’s a reflection on times when I’ve held back too much or when I wish I’d held back more.”

Coming produced by Graham Walsh (of Holy Fuck, whopreviously helmed records by METZ and Alvvays) alongside Dylan Frankland of the band at Palace Sound, Baskitball 4 Life and Candle Recording in Toronto, the new record arrives as a true labour of love, one that was delayed due to the pandemic but ultimately is a truly rewarding collection for the band. It pricked the ears Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde – a hero of the band – who signed Tallies to his Bella Union label, providing “a light at the end of a dark tunnel” according to Sarah Cogan of the band.

The juxtaposition of light and dark is a strong theme in the music of Tallies. While many of their tunes are upbeat, with Frankland’s breezy guitar lines drenched in reverb, soaring over Cian O’Neill’s propulsive drumbeats, Sarah’s lyrics can add a hint of shadow to even their most jangly tunes. This idea is also apparent in “Hearts Underground”, a track that describes the slippier side of personal relationships over effervescent indie-pop – undercut, of course, by a deliciously discordant guitar solo.

Tallies, who have previously opened for the likes of The Ocean Blue, Sloan, Mudhoney, Tim Burgess and Hatchie, is made up of founding members, guitarist, Dylan Frankland and singer/guitarist, Sarah Cogan who are joined by drummer, Cian O’Neill. The band recently announced a number of UK live shows. See here for more details: https://www.talliesband.com/tour