One of This Years Hottest Prospects Tally Spear Talks Life In Lockdown & New Single ‘Already Gone’
So for anyone unfamiliar with yourself Tally, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here.
So I grew up in South-West London in a family of musicians and actors. My older brother had a punk-rock band who were always practicing in our attic, so it was sort of inevitable I’d pursue a similar path having been surrounded by creativity. I self-taught myself guitar at around 11 and was out and about playing my own music pretty quickly!
Tell us about what you have been currently up to.
At the moment I’m releasing a single every six weeks, each one is taken from my upcoming EP ‘Tally’ which is out August 14th. With every single, I’ve been directing the visuals and editing DIY music videos from lockdown. I think we can all agree the year has forced us to rework our plans and adapt, but I’m trying to stay creative wherever possible.
The track has been launched with great early support from Radio X and acclaim from the likes of Gigwise who said, “Glamorous and gory ‘Already Gone’ twangs with nerve-tweaking electric guitars and shakes with bone-vibrating percussion reminiscent of Billie Eilish.”
The video is drenched in Tally’s signature colours of blood red and piercing black. It journeys through a patchwork of footage including eerie shadows, black roses and ink splatters – all of which provide symbolism for the song, addressing trepidation on entering new experiences.
Regarding the video Tally says, “This video is a culmination of self shot and edited material taken from home over the last few weeks. I wanted to represent the conflicting feelings in my song within the visuals, which fuse elegance and romance with darkness and mystery.”
Continuing about the single Tally says, “The track tackles feelings of detachment and distance. It is kind of the opposite of all the happy ‘honeymoon phase’ songs out there. I wanted to explore the sometimes negative thought processes surrounding new beginnings, and a desire for independence.”
‘Already Gone’ has been produced by Max Marlow (Kodaline, Declan MeKenna) and is the latest song to be taken from Tally’s new EP due out later this summer.
It follows the acclaimed singles ‘Can’t Find What I’m Looking For’ and ‘What Do I Want’, which give a taste of the different sides of Tally’s unique alt pop to be found on the EP.
Tally Spear has achieved critical acclaim from the likes of Music Week, Clash, Diva Magazine, It’s All Indie and more. She’s also made an impressive impact on the live scene previously playing Hyde Park’s British Summer Time, supporting Akala at Vegan Camp Out and headlining a packed Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s.
Tally Spear comes armed with her punky brand of pop in 2020 and is set to make a big statement with her debut EP in the summer.
How was your lockdown experience? What do you think you learned about yourself dealing with three months of isolation?
There have been a lot of ups and downs. Making my music video and visuals for ‘Already Gone’ from scratch during the lockdown was a great challenge and something I’m proud to have done. I’ve found it more difficult to stay creative with my writing, – I thrive off business and stimulation so have had to adapt big time!
I’m currently planning the visual artwork for my next single from the EP, and trying to think up some video ideas. I’m looking forward to releasing the EP in full in a soon, and dreaming of the time I can play my postponed headline gig at Old Blue Last with my band. I miss performing!
Give Us A Hint Of Your Influences & Inspiration
There hasn’t been one particular track that inspired me to chase a music career, more like a culmination of influences that have all worked together to make me into what I am. I listened to genres ranging from metal to jazz when I was a teen, and they really all play a part. I’ve always been inspired by Sheryl Crow, the ultimate pop-rocker. I love her song ‘A Change Would Do You Good’ (and music video is unbelievably cool.) https://youtu.be/Ikjmz_SlGhg