July Talk to Release New Album ‘Touch’ in September

July Talk to Release New Album ‘Touch’ on 9th September

July Talk

Canadian alt-blues-rock outfit July Talk have announced the release of their second album Touch and a UK and European tour to coincide. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Touch will be released on September 9th via Polydor Records in the UK.


The first single from the album is the brilliantly sinister ‘Push + Pull’, accompanied by a truly striking video. Directed by Nadia Tan (Bry Webb, Arkells, Ohbijou, it premiered on Billboard last Friday and is also available to post and share here.


When July Talk first approached me to make a music video for ‘Push + Pull’, I had a long phone conversation with Pete about the meaning of the song. He told me it was about Western excess, about our never-ending appetite, about the types of people who consume and consume and don’t know when to stop, about our irrational but constant need for more food, more mind-altering substances, more sex, more ‘likes’, more money, more things,” says director, Nadia Tan.I thought it would be interesting to try to capture these themes in the video through raw documentary-style footage showing various groups of people partaking in excess in different ways across North America over the course of one night.”

Known for their provocative and prolific videos (over 6 million Youtube views and counting), the video for ‘Push + Pull’ precisely aligns with the band’s longstanding aesthetic of black and white imagery.


July Talk’s new album TOUCH is a gloriously emotive and stirring collection. The universally relatable themes of human connection weighed heavily on the band during its creation.It seems to get easier every day to disconnect from the people around you,” Dreimanis observes. “Leah and I started to see human touch as this pure thing—this antidote to a world that had become obsessed with mirrors and screens. We became fascinated with that moment where two bodies can actually touch and experience each other honestly.”


This summer, July Talk will play select festivals in Canada and the U.S. including; Field Trip (Toronto), Festival D’ete (Quebec) and Osheaga (Montreal) and will be heading out on a European headline tour in September including shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London. Further updates on the new album will be announced soon.


European Tour Dates


7th September –       Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

8th September –       Vera, Groningen, Netherlands

10th September – Atak Saxion Hall, Erschede, Netherlands

11th September – Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

13th September – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK

14th September – Sound `Control Bar, Manchester, UK

15th September – Boston Music Rooms, London, UK

17th September – Gleis 22, Munster, Germany

19th September – Lido, Berlin, Germany

20th September – Strom, Munich, Germany

21st September – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany

22nd September – Underground, Cologne, Germany

23rd September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany


About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!