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Talk in Tongues

It might seem as though the band has been playing its big-guitar, harmony-heavy tunes since the shoegaze wave of the late 1980s and early ’90s, but that moment happened before these musicians were born. Still, they play with all the passion pressed onto those now-collectible Creation and 4AD records.

Everything is fantastic, until the sound goes out.

It’s the musician’s equivalent of that dream when you try to scream but can’t. In a situation like this, other bands might drop their instruments. But Talk in Tongues exchange a couple “We’ve got this covered” glances as they continue playing.

Little more than a few strums are audible. Their mouths move; their bodies do the guitar-sway as if nothing major has happened. In the final seconds of the set, the sound comes back for an all-too-brief final blast of guitar.

After the show, singer-bassist Waylon Rector — at 18 the youngest member of the group — laughs off the technical difficulties. It was the last song of the night and, eventually, the sound did kind of make a comeback. No big deal.

Talk in Tongues are the kind of band you want to cheer on as it prepares to unleash its debut album, Alone With a Friend. They are four old souls who sound like bands on a reunion circuit — think Ride and Slowdive — that draws fans old enough to be their parents. Even inside Bardot, the crowd is significantly older than the musicians onstage. They’re a throwback, but they do it well, maybe as well as the shoegaze first wave. Their music forms a link between Gen X and Millennials, between the 20th and 21st centuries.

They haven’t been a band for long. Talk in Tongues formed a little more than a year ago and played their first gig in February 2014. A few weeks before their turn at Bardot’s School Night party, they played eight times in five days at their first South by Southwest. [LA Weekly]