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July Talk

Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, October 19

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July Talk - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, October 19
Photo: Tiana Feng
By Tiana FengMeanwood and Stella Ella Ola started the night off energetically with their foot-stomping soul rock and summery garage pop, but it was July Talk's night to shine and that they did.

With manic energy, Peter Dreimanis's raspy Tom Waits-like voice started the set. Leah Fay wasn't in sight yet, but just as it was time for her part in "The Garden," she pranced on stage in a sultry black dress and red scarf.

July Talk played an out-of-order rendition of their entire new self-titled album. Dreimanis and Fay's presence on stage was animated yet convincing. Dreimanis was aggressive in both musicianship and persona, borderline stalker-like in facial expression.

Conversely, Fay was sweet, angelic and beautiful. Though seemingly innocent, she continuously teased the Dreimanis with flirtatious actions such as using the mic stand as a dancing pole or simply with her sparkly smile.

The two knew exactly how to captivate the audience and played off each other with perfect chemistry. Themes of masculinity versus femininity, not to mention love and hate, were organically displayed. Dreimanis's seemingly whisky-soaked voice and Fay's Amy Milan-like soft tone only added to the drama. Their bandmates were not forgotten and were often included in some angry and flirty moments. Though July Talk were quite theatrical, it all appeared spontaneous and not rehearsed.

Towards the end, Fay jumped into the audience and people came out of nowhere to pour what looked like fake blood all over her. She climbed back on stage for "Let Her Know," and the fake blood splashed the crowd at the front as she removed her shoes and jumped about.

An encore with their latest single "Paper Girl" ended their set. Everybody burst out singing during the earwormy chorus, "If you want money in your coffee, if you want secrets in your tea, keep your paper heart away from me." The line was impossible to forget for the rest of the night.
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Anyone who actually saw this show would have given it way higher than a 7. I wasn't even a fan before last night but they put on easily one of the best performances I've seen in my entire life. It was almost as perfect as a show could have been.
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I don't know why it says 7. I originally sent in a 9.
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Easily one of my fav. 7 too low. I'd recommend this show to anyone who wanted to have a great time
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So even though you gave it a 9, the editor decided to change it regardless of the fact that he wasn't even there? Throwing your opinion into a review on a subject you know little to nothing about is a telltale sign of bad editing, and an even more telling sign that this number system Exclaim is trying so hard to champion is, in fact, 100% arbitrary.
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I saw them open for 54-40 at The Kee to Bala back in August and was instantly captivated by their stage show. Great musicians, great performance. As soon as I heard their CD was coming out I ordered it and its playing constantly on my Ipod.

Well done July Talk !
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I had a blast last night. They truly deserve all the attention they can get. I hope the rest of Canada doesn't overlook a great live artist such as July Talk!
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my son suggested I check them out. he saw them at nxne. just freakin awesome, best new sound in awhile. I got the cd off itunes and can't stop playing it. I thought the Black Keys had the best new sound in awhile, but July Talk were real special! You've Got to see them LIVE and they are so alive. Energy with power. great songwriting and what a delivery vehicle. my my hey hey.
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