When you hear Swindon, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? The Magic Roundabout (no not the one with Dougal and co)? Railways? Melinda Messenger? Maybe Eric Cantona stamping on Jon Moncur during Swindon Town FC’s only season in the Premier League???! It’s true, Swindon is not best known for its conveyor belt of musical exports…BUT… burning brightly across the West Country is a beacon of light that is TALK IN CODE – spreading anthemic indie euphoria across the landscape.
Talk In Code, recently described as “Pet Shop Boys meets The 1975”, began with a chance phone call from singer Chris Stevens to cool-as-ya-like bassist Mark Turner (aka Titch). Chris had emerged with a collection of ideas and a decision to make the switch from drums to vocals having spent good time with the sticks, and crossed everything for Titch’s availability. When the call came, Titch didn’t hesitate to give things a go. Several years, thousands of miles and lots of tea later here we are! Being furthest from the bands base Titch is known in the group chat as Diversion Boy – many late nights means many road closures!! Titch and Chris set about writing in the studio.
Progress was being made but something was amiss…a little shimmer…a little magic dust…enter Al ‘Snedds’ Sneddon! Snedds responded to a ravens’ message carrying the call for aid Winterfell style, armed with his axe he soon joined the ranks to sure up the lines and the force was complete… along with the beat of the band, Jamie ‘Jambo’ O’Sullivan who has taken the throne and steadied the ship after some rough seas. Jamie brings a brightness and unrivalled energy to the fray. The name TALK IN CODE stems from the idea that every listener relates to songs differently – creating their very own meaning, relationship, story…..code if you will.
The band recorded their debut album with Geoff Swan who during the process who was recruited by Spike Stent. The self-titled album has served as a great platform to launch from immediately attracting the attention of BBC Introducing networks and Q Music whilst helping secure tour support slots with Catfish & The Bottlemen, My Life Story and festivals with Fun Lovin’ Criminals to Go West! It’s fair to say TIC’s sound seamlessly crosses over genres.
Leaning more towards pop territory, succeeding the bands’ first album release was the Oxygen EP followed by their second full album, the self-produced RESOLVE – featuring those songs on Oxygen with the addition of some absolute bangers which rounds off a chapter in Talk In Code’s band history perfectly. The band have played the main stage at Wychwood Festival 2019 and opened the main stage for Years & Years at Swindon’s MFor Festival 2019 as recommended by BBC Introducing in the West. Anthony Addis (ex Muse) of Brontone Management has offered support and guidance along the way. Talk In Code have released four singles during 2020, TALK LIKE THAT, COURAGE, TASTE THE SUN and SECRET. Talk In Code have spent lockdown harnessing their social media following whilst amassing over 150k Spotify streams and being added to over 200 curated playlists. Talk In Code were booked to play at over 15 festivals in 2020 including Minety, Mfor, Daxtonbury, Concert at the Kings, Coleford and a showcase for Club Fandango and Fierce Panda Records. The band are thrilled to have been re-booked for 2021 in all of these lineups.
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