By DOTTIE PARIS
With a big sound, the Parisian group TALIA releases the EP Thugs They Look Like Angels and this trio has a lot going on.
While the Foo Fighters have inspired many musicians, the likeness in sound and style is clear with Thugs They Look Like Angels, Talia’s brand new work, available on Oct. 16. It’s the third collection for TALIA and their previous albums are Cockroach Killer, released in 2008 and Permanent Midlife Crisis, released in 2013.
We caught TALIA open for Soul Asylum at the Whisky A Go Go last summer and it’s an impressive band, complete with great drumming by Hervé Goardou, strong vocals and guitar by Nicolas Costa and great basslines thrown down by Alice Thomas. The band puts on an entertaining show and kept the Soul Asylum fans on their feet until the headliner appeared.
TALIA, while a relative newcomer to the rock scene, has opened for many popular bands when they are in their native France. They supported Reverend Horton Heat in July 2015, The Datsuns in August 2013, Lonely the Brave in April 2015, Catfish and The Bottlemen in November 2014, and have more than 100 shows under their belt in France.
“American Bride” is the driving opening single on the EP and brings an immediate reaction. “It’s Been Oh So Long” is a new wave-punk style work and our other favorite is “Bounty Killers,” which would be a great song to play in the car if you’re late to work because it amps you up.
While there are at least one or two songs like “It’s Been Oh So Long,” which sound a lot like “There Goes My Hero” by the Foos, if we’re going to be purists, the Foos were also inspired by other bands. Like The Police. Let’s take it back a step and point out that some of the Foo Fighters songs sound like Sting song “Next To You”