Band to know: Strange Talk

Strange Talk
Strange Talk’s album “Cast Away” is available now on iTunes.
Credit: Getty Images

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

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence


Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.


VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.


New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.


Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…


Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.


MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.


James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…


Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400


This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…


Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…


Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…


Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…