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TALAS To Release ‘1985’ Album In September; ‘Crystal Clear’ Single Available

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TALAS will release a new album, “1985”, on September 23 via Metal Blade Records. The LP’s latest single, “Crystal Clear”, can be streamed below.

Formed in the early 1970s and dissolved in 1985, TALAS may have never reached arena-headlining status but they were an integral part of the early 1980s hard rock scene, and their long-awaited return does not disappoint.

“It’s like we never stopped — everything fell together so easily. It was quite wonderful.” Now they return with “1985”, 11 tracks of classic hard rock, picking up where they left off, and it is a release that will have old school fans salivating and new followers fired up with its big riffs, seductive choruses and killer soloing — basically everything that could be wanted from a TALAS record.

Asked why people should be excited for this comeback, Sheehan answers enthusiastically: “Because so many of them were there, with us, and a million other great bands that made the 80s such a special musical experience. And also there are so many who might not have been there but have fallen in love with that spirit as well. We feel a very special bond with them all.”

“We wanted a snapshot of our musical life from 1985,” explains Sheehan. “It’s the same spirit, mostly the same people, and it’s bringing the ’80s into 2022. The ’80s were an amazing time for music and bands, and we were all excited to go back to that, and I would say the record is raw, real, honest, and exhilarating.”

The album was recorded in Miller‘s living room in the house he built, utilizing a mobile recording setup, and according to Sheehan the sessions were “an absolute joy.” Coordinating everything remotely during the pandemic — with Russ Mackay handling the engineering/mixing/mastering from Toronto — was the hardest aspect of recording, but they managed to pull it all together, making a record that sounds cohesive from start to finish, giving no suggestion that it was anything but a smooth process. As well as Mitch Perry‘s guest appearance, the band also invited Naro‘s son, James, to appear on the record, who “sang some harmonies — like father, like son, he sounded really great.” There are hopes to tour the record, though sadly, after a long battle with cancer, Naro passed in 2021, but thankfully he recorded all of his parts prior to his death, and “1985” stands as a great epitaph to a great vocalist.

In 2017, Sheehan reformed TALAS with a lineup featuring Naro and Miller, along with Najdovski, to play at the “Bands At Barnard” charity event in Greece. The group has played sporadic shows since then.

After fronting TALAS in the 1980s, Naro paired his powerful voice on a number of recording projects with KISS founding member Peter Criss and later with Canadian rockers CONEY HATCHPhil also co-wrote and recorded several tracks with guitarist and founding member of THE RASCALSGene Cornish, and co-wrote three songs for Canadian artist Lee Aaron for her 1989 album “Bodyrock”.


Written by: Andy

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