A noted shift is found in Fay and fellow singer Peter Dreimanis breaking out of the . “There's always more than meets the eye,” laughs Leah. Set to support Nothing But Thieves at Irving Plaza last week, we met up with lead vocalists Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis at the venue before. "It's where we live. It's where we feel alive." Leah Fay of the red-hot Toronto indie- rockers July Talk, is speaking of the band's charismatic live.
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Why was this an important stylistic distinction for you to make? We put just as much thought and time into our visual presentation as our recordings. Because Josh and I come from a film background, it was obvious when July Talk started that there was an opportunity to make it more of a project than a band.
That meant that we wanted all sides of the project to be cohesive together. Black and White seemed like the best way to present the conversation between Leah and I.
There is two sides to everything we do and we like to present that idea as ambitiously as possible. On stage, you have a chemistry as a group that is undeniable, and it allows your personalities to really shine through. What is the relationship like between the five of you?
How does that impact the writing process? We all love each other very much. The project has quickly become the most important part of all of our lives. We are constantly discussing the project and the direction we want to take it. We all know what a July Talk show should be, and we are beginning to understand what July Talk should sound like on record.
We understand the art we need to make and we are committed to making it together. July Talk shows are notoriously raucous and wild romps that teeter on the edge of spinning out of control but never quite do. How do you stay grounded to the music during such riotousness?
Not to mention, how do you keep up the energy to perform s of shows a year at that intensity? Jeff Tweedy is one of the only songwriters, coming out of Uncle Tupelo and with Wilco and his own projects, who matches up to the greats.
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His songs are like time capsules. You don't even understand how a human could create such truth. Fay, on Jenny Lewis, the golden-voiced songstress and former child actress who recently released the single Just One Of The Guysfrom her forthcoming album The Voyager: Me and my brother used to make our mom rent the movie The Wizard for us. She plays this kick-ass little kid, and we probably saw the film a hundred times in a span of three years.
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I actually didn't know that Jenny Lewis was the actress in the movie when her band Rilo Kiley came out years later. Her music, across the board, whether with Rilo Kiley or Jenny and Johnny, or working with the Watson Twins or doing her solo stuff, is so well composed.
They could be stripped down to notes on a guitar and they would still be these really sound songs. Lyrically, she tells it like it is. She creates stories that you want to be a part of.
And she says the things that people may not want to acknowledge, but when you hear them they ring so true in your heart. I'm so excited to see her. I'm a little terrified that I'll have to make eye contact with her, though.