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Alternative folk duo Kieran Taylor and Paige Temperley, AKA Tall Shaves, are kicking the year off with the release of their debut EP, Two For Tuesdays, accompanied by a headline show at Think Tank?, Newcastle on Friday 1st February.

The five-track project, recorded over a series of Tuesday nights, sees the duo explore themes of love, loss and coming of age, all to the sound of upbeat acoustic melodies which utilise all manner of stringed instruments including mandolin, ukulele and violin. “We started working together around October 2017, mainly covering pop songs in local bars.” The duo explain. “We soon realised that we were both interested in writing the same style of music; exploring folky story-based songs. For the EP we just kept on playing with different instruments and sounds until it felt like us! The recording on Tuesday nights was purely coincidental, but it just so happens that we love pizza and Domino’s does a wicked deal on a Tuesday night.”

the duo explore themes of love, loss and coming of age, all to the sound of upbeat acoustic melodies

The entire EP emanates warmth, with the duo’s chemistry is typified by their back and forth vocal harmonies which naturally complement each other, especially as they often adopt separate characters within their more narrative driven songs. “The track that stands out to us as the most special from the EP would probably be Breanna From Orillia, it was the first song we wrote together and has special sentiment as it’s based on a true story. We were looking for song writing influence and came across a Canadian website called Hello, Goodbye, where people share their stories about long distance relationships. This one was set back in the good ‘ol days of MySpace! Canadian Breanna and Brit-born Jamie’s story was a lovely read, so much so that we decided to base this song on their story. Having never met them before, we later managed to get in touch with them and share the song – they were over the moon with it – and now we even have a place to stay if we ever get the opportunity to play in Canada!”

The duo keeps the tempo high across the course of Two For Tuesdays, with the energy building up to the climatic finish in standout cut Waking Me Up. Given the uplifting style of the EP, we’ve no doubt that it’ll translate into a barnstorming live performance in Newcastle. “We’re bringing a whole new sound to the table for this show! We have drums, fiddle, keys, bass, mandolin and banjo on top of the usual guitar and ukulele combination. Definitely worth getting a ticket – if you asked us!”

With this monumental start to 2019, Paige and Kieran are looking to push onto even bigger things as the year progresses. “We’ve been in the studio recording some new music which we’re really excited about! They’re some of our favourites yet so we’re really looking forward to releasing that later this year. If we’re wishing for stuff, we wouldn’t mind being the soundtrack to a film or the new Gillette advert…only if we’re wishing for stuff though!”

 

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