“French rock band always on the verge of implosion” TALIA released a cover of The Replacements’ “Bastards of Young” a few months back, and it’s got some power to it. The cover pays homage to the original, of course, but takes on a gritty twist that’s drawing the three-piece band—comprised of Nicolas Costa on vocals and guitar, Alice Thomas on bass, and Hervé Goardou on drums—some well-deserved attention.
With a sound not dissimilar to that of Foo Fighters, Hole, and Nirvana, TALIA makes use of some “[aggressive] riffs, heavy bass and pounding drum beats … Always lively and on the verge of implosion, their music is to their image: nervous!” They released their first album Cockroach Killer back in 2008, with successors Permanent Midlife Crisis in 2013 and Thugs They Look Like Angels in 2015, and have been working on their latest EP throughout October with Steve Albini. A few of their songs have corresponding music videos up on their YouTube channel, linked below, while a good majority of their music is available on their Soundcloud page.
Their last release Thugs They Look Like Angels took on a theme of “urban misadventures in which reality and fantasy mingle, where imaginary cities are dominated by tyrants and where evasion seems to be the only alternative.” The album is pretty true to form, delivering one head-banger after another with lyrics that really seek to strike a chord in listeners. The trio has, in the past, opened for Soul Asylum, Reverend Horton Heat, White Hills, and The Datsuns, and has played at venues like LA’s Viper Room and Oakland’s The Stork. Most recently, the trio performed a special show at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go in LA on November 4th. Definitely keep an eye out for these Parisian rockers’ upcoming EP, and check out more information on their future performances via their official social media pages, all linked below!