The Talks

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The Talks
The Talks – Hafen Rock 2015 06.jpg
Background information
OriginKingston upon Hull, England
GenresSka, punk, reggae, indie, 2-Tone
Years active2006–present
LabelsAll Our Own Records, Grover Records
Associated actsNeville Staple, The Specials, The Clash, Jonny 'Itch' Fox, Dr. Ring Ding
WebsiteThe Talks
MembersPatrick Pretorius
Jody Moore
Iain Allen
Richard 'Titch' Lovelock

The Talks are a reggae and ska inspired band, originating from Kingston upon Hull, England.[1] Formed in 2006, the band consists of Patrick Pretorius on Vocals, Guitar and Saxophone, Jody Moore on Guitar, Keyboards and vocals, Iain Allen on Bass Guitar and vocals, and Richard 'Titch' Lovelock on Drums and Sampler.[2]
In 2012 the band collaborated with Neville Staple of The Specials on the track 'Can Stand the Rain'. In 2013 the band received attention for their protest against unfair pay for 'local' acts and artists, sparking debate over the issue, and the start of the 'Musicians Charter'. Described as a bill of rights, attempting to ensure fair pay and working conditions for performing musicians.[3]


Early years and 'Picture This' (2006–2009)[edit]

"'Live Now, Pay Later' was a collection of songs that had built since the start of the band's career. With 'Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves' we'd actually sat down and written an album, and really given ourselves the chance to compile a themed body of work".

 —'Patrick', on 'Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves'.[4]

Making their debut in 2006, the band toured the United Kingdom with friends Neville Staple, The Beat and The Favours. Courtesy of a development deal with Universal,[1] the band's first releases were recorded at the Chapel Studio, with engineer Ewan Davies.[5]
The band's debut single 'Picture This' was released in 2008, and launched at a hometown single release party at 'The Sesh' in Hull, the same venue that saw the band make their live debut.[6] The 'Karaoke Style' video was filmed at 'The Queens' pub in Hull.[7][8]

Live Now, Pay Later (2010–2012)[edit]

In 2011 the band released their debut studio album Live Now, Pay Later. The album was written, recorded and produced on their 'All Our Own Records' label.[9]

Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves (2013–present)[edit]

In 2013, the band cut short their performance at the Freedom Festival in Hull to highlight unfair payment of local acts and artists in the city. A move which would prove catalyst for the 'Hull Musicians Charter'. Described as a bill of rights for musicians and venues alike.[3]
The band's second EP, West Sinister was released in 2013, including the tracks 'Friday Night', and 'Can Stand The Rain' featuring Neville Staple.
The band's second studio album Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves was released in 2014 and promoted by a 40 date tour of mainland Europe.[10] 2014 would also see the band release Hulligans on German label Grover Records.[11]
In January 2015, following the band's performance at Kendal Calling in August 2014, the album Live at Kendal Calling was released as a free digital download.[12] The album was also partnered with the release of footage from the band's performance.[13]
In 2015, the band recorded and released a live video session,[14] playing tracks from the album Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves that don't appear in their live show. The band also perform the track 'Changes' by David Bowie, to pay respect to Trevor Bolder who had recently died.[15] The video session was released by 'Fred Perry Subculture'.[10]


Neville Staple[edit]

The Talks collaborated with Neville Staple of The Specials, for the 2012 single release 'Can Stand the Rain'. A relationship started by The Talks front man Patrick Pretorius, when he was drummer for the Neville Staple band.[5]

Dr. Ring Ding and Jonny 'Itch' Fox[edit]

Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves sees work from 'Itch', former King Blues frontman on the track 'Ceasefire', and Dr. Ring Ding playing trombone on the track 'Sam'.[4]



Year Title Label Format
2007 English City All Our Own Records CD
2013 West Sinister All Our Own Records CD


Year Title Label Format
2008 'Picture This' All Our Own Records CD & Digital
2009 'Killer Sinner' All Our Own Records Digital
2013 'Can Stand The Rain' Ft. Neville Staple All Our Own Records Digital
2013 'Friday Night' All Our Own Records Digital
2014 'Don't Look Behind You' All Our Own Records Digital
2014 'Radio' All Our Own Records Digital


Year Title Label Format
2011 Live Now, Pay Later All Our Own Records CD
2014 Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves All Our Own Records CD
2014 Hulligans Grover Records Vinyl LP
2015 Live at Kendal Calling All Our Own Records Digital
2015 Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves All Our Own + Grover Records Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP


  1. ^ a b "BBC – Humber – Entertainment – Leeds Festival One Year On". BBC.
  2. ^ Pain, Andrew (3 October 2008). "All Ears for Hull's Talks". Middlesbrough Evening Gazette. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Longhorn, Daniel (12 October 2013). "Hull Musicians' Charter: 'Bill of rights opens debate". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "The Talks play tonight and release Picture This".
  6. ^ "BBC – Humber – Blast – Hull Singles Seeking..." BBC.
  7. ^ "The Talks to play Adelphi". Hull Daily Mail. This is Hull and East Riding. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. ^ "The Talks – 'Picture This' Official music video" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "The Talks: Rock'n'rollers proud to be putting Hull on the music map". Hull Daily Mail. This is Hull and East Riding. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "The Talks live in session".
  11. ^ "The Talks sign to Grover Records".
  12. ^ "The Talks Live at Kendal Calling album release". 30 January 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  13. ^ "The Talks – Live at Kendal Calling" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "The Talks Fred Perry Subculture session". 10 June 2015 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "The Talks cover 'Changes' in tribute to Trevor Bolder".

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