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Interview:
Australia's Strange Talk thinks timing is right for its kind of rock
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital First Media, @GraffonMu

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Strange Talk is hoping that time -- or, rather, timing -- will be on its side.

The Australian synth-pop group's debut album, "Cast Away," is making plenty of noise in its homeland since February, but it's not due out on these shores until early next year -- though a single, "Climbing Walls," has been released. But the group's Stephen Docker says the scheduling machinations may well work in the ??'s favor.

"Back home what's resonating stylistically is a lot different to what is resonating over here right now," explains Docker, 27, who formed Strange Talk in 2010 with friend and co-writer Gerard Sidhu. "I think by releasing it when we did in Australia was great; if we released it any later there we might've just kind of missed the boat with what we had on the record.

"But over here I think that whole kind of EDM, indie crossover, dancey kind of stuff is really working more on a big mainstream level. You've got bands like Capital Cities, Atlas Genius really doing some great things. So the timing for us over here is perfect."

Strange Talk's songs have been featured so far in shows such as "90210," "Made in Chelsea," "The Shine" and "Offspring," as well as in the video games "Sleeping Dogs" and "Need For Speed: Most Wanted" and in an ad for the Polish soft drink company Tymbark. It's not world domination yet, but it's more than Docker, Sidhu and their mates were expecting.

"You know, we just put a bunch of songs up on MySpace and started getting private messages from different record labels and managers, all asking for showcases -- and we didn't know what a showcase was," Docker says with a laugh. "We never thought we'd have to come up with a way to figure out how to (play) these songs we just produced in a little studio in one of our houses and turn into a live outfit.

"So it's been kind of crazy, but in a good way. We're kind of figuring it out as we go along."

Strange Talk performs with Panic! at the Disco, Switchfoot and the Unlikely Candidates at the 89x Nutrocker concert Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$45. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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