Co-fronters Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis from the Toronto rock & roll band July Talk were in Vancouver today in front of their second sold out show at The Commodore Ballroom.
July Talk have been piling on fans and praise since the release of their 2012 self-titled debut. The band’s live show is something people talk about, they scored a Juno Award in 2014, and in 2016 they followed up July Talk with Touch.
The record has already smashed out two Much Mega hits in Canada. “Push + Pull” and now “Picturing Love.” “Picturing Love” is an interesting song that talks about human relationships, sexuality, and how they are influenced by our addiction to screens and pornography.
Before July Talk, Peter ran a video production company in Toronto called Vulture Culture Films with Josh Warburton (he is the bass player in July Talk). They worked with other bands like Arkells, Born Ruffians, and Tokyo Police Club on their music videos. With July Talk, Peter and Josh (and the rest of the band) were able to put their creative vision into play. The music video for “Picturing Love” is an interesting clip that is diving into the themes of technology and male gaze.
Peter says the video for “Picturing Love” came about “at a time where Black Mirror had come out and we were really talking about a lot of technology and how a lot of technology is meant to bring us closer together but sometimes it pushes us further apart.”
Leah adds, ” the song is also about pornography, westernized Hollywood pornography and how it is effing up the way people sleep together and relate to each other. ”
The song and video have a dark edge to it, but in the end I felt that it ultimately has an uplifting message.