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At A Glance
Like nothing the Pacific Northwest has seen before, Talkdemonic melds the primal, the classical and the modern to create songs that are as sweeping in scope as they are shattering in intensity. The band has an ability to capture the most human emotions with only drums, viola, a laptop and no vocals attracting curious onlookers that are soon turned into devout fans. Started as a vehicle for the music of Kevin O’Connor soon after the soft-spoken musician moved from the college town of Pullman, Washington to Portland in 2002, Talkdemonic released its first album, mutinysunshine, in the spring of 2004. The album is a wonder of O’Connor’s meticulous mind, featuring a sweeping orchestra of instruments; humming synth lines, plaintive acoustic guitar, dead-steady programmed beats, a mournful concertina and a soaring viola all tethered together by O’Connor’s drumming. But this isn’t drumming that simply settles comfortably in the rock ghetto of the “rhythm section.” O’Connor uses his kit to both push and pull the songs, creating explosions of emotion and deafening silences with the power to move your ass or move you to tears. Live, Talkdemonic’s music revolved around the mop-topped blonde’s drum kit, his primal beats informed by an obsession with instrumental hip-hop. Then, in the summer of 2004 O’Connor finally convinced Lisa Molinaro, the phantom violist whose instrument played out of O’Connor’s laptop during his live sets, to join him, completing a small band with a huge sound. Talkdemonic’s music was powerful as a solo act, but, as a duo, it turned into something even more: a complicated, multidimensional force churning out hair-raising compositions. O’Connor captured the power and curiosity of his compositions, but it took the addition of Molinaro to bring out the true wonder of the songs, her beautiful viola parts pulling at the listener’s heart while O’Connor worked the head and the feet. As a duo Talkdemonic quickly claimed a big chunk of real estate in the Portland scene, opening shows for Explosions in the Sky, M83, The National, The Walkmen, and The Decemberists among others. Soon O’Connor and Molinaro’s shows became sure bets for great Portland music and Talkdemonic was named Willamette Week’s Best New Band of 2005. Talkdemonic released a highly anticipated sophomore slab called Beat Romantic, in March 2006. Kevin & Lisa are currently in Portland, brooding over new sounds and writing a new album.
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