Rock & roll will never go out of style. Other genres and subgenres may come and go, but good old-fashioned rock & roll will never die. That is, at least, the mission statement of San Jose’s power-pop trio Talky Tina. Yet, even though they swagger with the best of ’50s and ’60s rock traditionalists, they aren’t retro-rockers. They have punk rock flowing deep within their veins.
Bass player Dave Miller and drummer Dave Conrad came from legendary punk outfit the Odd Numbers. While the Odd Numbers played with an incredible amount of adrenaline, they, too, appreciated the classic bare-bones rock style. Talky Tina takes it one step closer to the source while never sacrificing spontaneity. In place of overt punk-rock power, Talky Tina weaves in some New Wave influences—like Elvis Costello and the Fixx—and some modern-day power-pop—like Fountains of Wayne and OK GO.
Whatever they decide to put into each song, what Talky Tina cares about most is keeping it simple and fun—the kind of music you can have a couple beers to and dance the night away, shaking off all the problems and trials of everyday life.
Playing at Johnny V’s | 9pm