Shoot, we're still reflecting on 2005, when we let several worthy local rockers, including an Avett Brother, an Alternative Champ, a La Rúa and those rising siblings in the Barnettes reel off the five things that rocked their world. We wish them and all local artists much good fortune this year, but for helping increase Charlotte's sonic currency, we'd like to salute one CLT act in particular: them around-the-way boys of the fine MoRisen Records punk-pop trio The Talk, featuring one-time Real Lifer Justin Williams (vocals, guitar), CR Rollyson (bass) and Jeremy Holcomb (drums). In addition to all the other good news from Charlotte's music scene in 2005, The Talk did extraordinarily well, rocking CMJ in New York City and having songs on The O.C. The band's most recent album, The Sinners of Daughters, is still garnering critical praise from here to El-Lay. As for the five of us geeks in CL's music orbit, well, we'd just like to raise a glass with the boys over yonder at The Bird. Here's our five different takes on The Talk, who truly are rockin' our world:
1. John Schacht: "Onstage, Justin Williams and Co. veer between transcendent and trainwreck, and are wise enough to know that the tension in between is where all the fun is."
2. Chris Parker: "Whether channeling the Buzzcocks for the kinetic punk-pop punch of last year's It's Like Magic in Reverse, or sporting the dark, spiky new wave veneer that dominates the more recent The Sinners of Daughters, Williams decks the halls with serrated hooks and bountiful melodicism."
3. Samir Shukla: "The Talk play oh-so-catchy melodic rock, the sort that hammers home the notion that guitars will never go out of style."
4. Mark Kemp: "These three fellers are so damn rock & roll they're practically a cliche. OK, they are a cliche -- a big, fat, rowdy, tuneful rock & roll cliche. Just like the best of 'em."
5. Kandia Crazy Horse: "In the grand Dixie tradition of Big Star, The Talk applies British Invasion and glam building blocks to rebel swagger on songs like "With Guns in Our Hands." While looking back to powerpop and early postpunk, this trio still fashions the stuff of Southern rock's next classic wave."