TALAS are back with the release of their new album 1985, which will see a release on September 23, 2022 via Metal Blade Records. Fans can pre-order the album and check out the new single “Crystal Clear” here.
Formed in the early ’70s and disbanded in 1985, TALAS may never have achieved headlining status, but they were an integral part of the early ’80s hard rock scene, and their long-awaited comeback won’t be. not disappoint. “The moment was right and we were all in, no one needed convincing, we were all immediately fired up to do it,” says bassist Billy Sheehan, who is joined by drummer Mark Miller and powerhouse vocalist Phil Naro, as well as new recruit Kire Najdovski on guitar.
“It’s like we never stopped – everything fell into place so easily. It was quite wonderful.” Now they return with 1985, 11 classic hard rock tracks, picking up right where they left off, and it’s a release that will have old school fans and new followers alike salivating with its fat riffs, seductive choruses and its killer solo – basically everything you’d expect from a TALAS record.
When asked why people should be excited about this comeback, Sheehan responds enthusiastically. “Because there were so many of them there, with us, and a million other great bands who made the 80s such a special musical experience. And also there are so many who maybe weren’t there but who fell in love with that spirit as well. We feel a very special connection with all of them.
With all but one of the songs – “Black And Blue” – written in 1985, the album would have been their fourth album had they not gone their separate ways, and although they worked hard to make the most of it, they didn’t alter the pieces or give them a modern twist, letting them live in the era in which they were created. “We wanted a snapshot of our musical life since 1985,” says Sheehan. “It’s the same spirit, mostly the same people, and it brings the 80s into 2022. The 80s was an amazing time for music and bands, and we were all excited to get back to it, and I would say that the record is raw, real, honest and uplifting.”
The album was recorded in Miller’s living room in the house he built, using a portable recording setup, and according to Sheehan the sessions were “an absolute joy”. Coordinating everything remotely during the pandemic – with Russ Mackay handling engineering/mixing/mastering from Toronto – was the hardest part of recording, but they managed to pull it all together, creating a record which seems consistent from start to finish, giving no suggestion that it was anything but a smooth process.
In addition to the appearance of Mitch Perry, the band also invited Naro’s son James to appear on the record, who “sang some harmonies – like father, like son, he sounded really good”. There are hopes of shooting the record, but sadly after a long battle with cancer, Naro passed away in 2021, but luckily he recorded all of his parts before his death, and 1985 is a great epitaph for a great singer .