Band to know: Strange Talk

Strange Talk
Strange Talk’s album “Cast Away” is available now on iTunes.
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Forget the British Invasion. These days, it’s Australian artists who are taking over the U.S. While Lorde, Iggy Azalea and 5 Seconds of Summer are topping the mainstream pop charts, alternative synthpop band Strange Talk is what the cool kids are listening to. Get to know them here before checking them out in concert. We talk with band member Stephen Docker as he gets ready to rock out in the city.

Basically everyone with Snapchat has heard your single, “Young Hearts” when it was used to introduce Snapchat Text. Do you use the app?
Yeah, we use Snapchat. We spend so much time together on the road that the four of us don’t generally Snapchat each other, but we mainly use it to send snaps to our friends and family back home while on tour.

What’s the strangest conversation you’ve had with someone in a bar?
One time we were talking [with various people] about occupations, and one of us actually met a pornstar!

What’s the first CD you ever bought?
Michael Jackson’s “History.”

How have your music tastes changed over time and how did it influence the band’s sound?
Our sound is influenced by all the music we’re listening to at present and throughout our lives. We incorporate many of these influences into our music which forms our sound. That’s what’s so great about being creative, is that there are no boundaries.

What’s your favorite song to perform?
“Eskimo Boy.”

“Cast Away” is the perfect summer album, at least for warm American weather! What’s your favorite summer memory?
Just going to barbecues, relaxing at the beach and hanging out with our friends!

Is this your first time to NYC? What do you do when you’re here? Do you go out after your shows?
This is our fourth time to New York City. We absolutely love it here. New York City is definitely one city we’re always keen to find a bar and unwind after a show.

If you go:
May 27, Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston St., 212-260-4700

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