One of my personal points of pride being with Pie in the Sky Studio, as a music lover myself, is contributing to an avenue which supports musicians in their creative endeavors.
Who doesn't love a good song? Who hasn't been touched or healed by the emotion of a simple melody? Without art, would we even know what being alive really feels like? I think not.
As I go about my day, a band frequents our local airwaves and when they play I smile to myself, knowing we are a little bit a part of their overall artistic expression. I'd like to cover July Talk, a unique Toronto band that really needs no introduction. Once you've heard them you'll surely remember them.
The first time I had the fortune of being around on set during one of their shoots I didn't know much about the group. I have to admit that once I sensed the energy in the atmosphere I dove into some of my own research on the fascinating pair, to find out more.
Their story and electricity had such an interesting impact on me that I even quickly penned my own poem about Peter and Leah naming it "Duo". That is neither here nor there, my point being that they had a certain something that could easily be sensed from the get go and from my view, it can be heard clearly through their songs as a distinct feel.
I won't here detail their very timeless story of meeting up originally, as it is best described on the website bio link below but I will say that the idea of soul mates or the notion of finally finding someone to create alongside of, really rings true with these two.
Even more pertinent to their tale, July Talk are very much a band of five members that together bring on the full ambiance; it wouldn't be the same vibe with any element missing. I find them very raw, humble yet striking all the same and entertaining to the max.
Considering they formed in Toronto in 2012 and have already played with such great artists as Billy Talent, the Matthew Good Band and Sam Roberts and just 2 years later were nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2014 Juno awards, all told, it is pretty impressive. No one can deny that their chemistry works. I have a feeling they are just getting started.
I found a quote from Peter Dreimanis in an interview with Kenton Magazine from 2013 where he stated, "In a light-hearted way you could say that making July Talk videos is one of the happiest things we could do because we're not dealing with anybody else's ideas. We're not trying to satisfy somebody's brand."
Considering the fact that one of the videos they filmed at Pie in the Sky was for the catchy tune "Guns and Ammunition", per Peter himself, giving a real sense of the band as a whole and their comradery amongst members, we were also very happy to have been a part of this project, forwarding an innovative sound into Canada and beyond.