Mid-Century Modern, the debut LP from Toronto power-pop punk trio TALK SHOW HOST declares its love for ‘90s punk, larger than life guitars, catchy pop melodies and indie rock. This is the sound of a band that has taught themselves all the tricks in the power-pop playbook and left notes in the margins. Influenced by the likes of Bad Religion and Anti Flag from the punkier end of the spectrum they have soaked up the sound of a band polished but with scuffed edges. Punk but savvy and with a big toe dipped in the indie pool and the other in the loud Rock pool. Its a magnificent blend.
Talk Show Host have spent their life building to this moment. It doesn’t dissapoint. there is a hint of stuff like Brian Fallons melody or a touch of Soul Asylum going on which is only going to be a good thing and it shines through on tracks like ‘Warmest Condolences’
10 songs seems like the perfect amount to take in on one sitting. Chris Veinot (guitar & vocals), Fabien Rivenet (bass & pastry) and Sean Woolven (drums & backup vocals), takes us through a spectrum of pop-punk and power-pop from ‘Blood In The Sand’ is the sort of anthemic sing-along that will find you looking for your lighter (or mobile phone light if you’re under 30) with fists in the air singing along by the chorus. ‘Sorry My Mistake’ sounds like it was written with Arenas in mind so big is the arrangement and execution. A fine song that will have the punker kids swaying.
Its the sound of a band brimming with confidence knowing that they have a backpack full of tunes, proper tunes that can be all things to all men (and women) you can jump around to ‘Syntax Error’ and if you’re fit enough you can keep up on ‘Up To No Good (Again)’.
Once again the Canadians deliver the good. Man there must be something in the water up there they seem to churn out bands who know how to make noisy power pop punk rock records, and they do it so well. Add Talk Show Host to that list and check out this record. Top marks it’s the perfect sound for a long hot summer.
Author: Dom Daley