Spacecase Records (SCR005)
Recognized as one of the nicest guys in show business, Talbot Adams has played in some of the finest bands out of New Orleans, Memphis and Oxford, Mississippi in his nearly fifteen-years in music. Talbot started his career in New Orleans, playing bass for scene mainstays THE ROYAL PENDLETONS (2000-2002). In 2001 he played bass and sang lead and backup for THE DARKEST HOURS (lineup included Peg O'Neill from The Gories and Jason Craft of The Persuaders). Talbot teamed up with Eric Oblivian in THE DUTCH MASTERS and had the incredible honor of playing bass for the late Paul Wine Jones for two shows.
Talbot fronted the fine JENNY JEANS from 2002 to 2006. The band played GonerFest 2 and appears on the accompanying CD/DVD. Talbot's last band THE BLACK AND WHITES wound down last year. The group was incredibly productive, releasing singles on Jay Reatard's Shattered Records as well as Douchemaster, FDH and P. Trash. Recently Talbot Adams has released material under his own name where he records himself and plays all of the instruments. An amazing singer-songwriter/power-pop EP was released by Douchemaster in 2010 entitled Jack and Jesse. "Red Diamonds" b/w "Not Even Europe" is the second solo release from Talbot. It's the fifth release from Camarillo, California-based Spacecase Records.
Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.
Talbot Adams was once called "the nicest guy in rock'n'roll" by someone who would know (I think it was Eric Oblivian), and considering how long Adams' has been rocking without pissing anyone off is quite a feat as his resume dates all the way back to The Royal Pendletons, who I'm sure pissed some people at some point (but it was probably King Louie doing the pissing I imagine..). Talbot has done some fine songwriting work with Black & Whites and Jenny Jeans already, and has emabarked on a solo recording career for now, with this being his second 7" all by himself. I gotta say "Red Diamonds" is an absolutely great song. Just Talbot and his guitar with some minimal percussion crafting the hookiest in acoustic pop - I've given this some thought, and I really believe this song is about Canadian strip clubs. Listen to the lyrics and think about it. Might be too risque of a topic for such a nice guy. Totally great song though, I'll say it again. "Not Even Europe" is a drawling little Stonesy number, with a streetwise-sounding guitar part but real slo-mo about it. A strutter of sorts, with a slight wobble. Sounds a bit Chilton-esque even, with superb lyrics once again. This is a great single, far better than the Douchemaster EP he did a couple years ago, there's something very charismatic and unique to these two songs that I don't think was present on that record. There's something here that was even missing from a lot of Black & Whites stuff. I don't know whether it's grit or a bit more liquor, but whatever it is, it's working. I'd love to hear more of his songs carrying this vibe. If this were a contest pitting him against the other record this label just sent me, I'd say he just sank John Wesley Coleman's battleship. Scum stats: 300 copies.
--RK, Terminal Boredom
Talented musicians—once known for their wild behavior, their on-stage intensity—sometimes have kids. And, sometimes, instead of being shitbags, absentee parents, and future defaulters on alimony, they adapt their behavior. Both Alicja Trout (doing Alicja-Pop) and Greg Cartwright (who mentioned that he wrote some of the Reigning Sounds songs from Love and Curses on his kid’s toy instrument) are recent examples of this soothing, mellower result. Talbot Adams follows in this rocker-as-good-parent tradition. If you’re expecting the blast of the Royal Pendletons or Dutch Masters (both bands Mssr. Adams was in), it’s an inappropriate expectation, like bringing a keg and strippers to a baby shower. But if you’re in the mood for quiet Sunday morning jams that balance out the hangover with kids screaming to help them make a dinosaur out of cardboard box, this is some good stuff.
--Todd Taylor, Razorcake
I loved Talbot Adams‘ single that came out on Douchemaster almost three years ago. It was an understated affair that had elements of Guided by Voices and Simon and Garfunkel. After the break-up up his garage rock/power pop band the Black and Whites, Adams decided to go completely solo, writing and recording everything himself. He also dialed down the volume and sweat a little and recorded a set of acoustic based psychedelic pop.
Spacecase records has just released two more fruits of Adam’s solo effort that acts as kind of a travel log. The A-side Red Diamonds finds the singer traveling across Canada and reminiscing about secret spots he’s come across in the great white north. Not Even Europe goes to the old world rhyming the sights in verse as he attempts to forget a bad relationship. His phrasing and slightly English singing accent brings to mind the Moles’ Richard Davies. No doubt, this is classic pop on par with some of the greats.
If you are not the record buying type you can get an entire album of Talbot Adams’ songs called Weekend that contains both songs from his new single, a couple from his previous one and a few more over at his bandcamp page.