Loose Talk Costs Lives
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Loose Talk Costs Lives

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"The new demo features mass harmonies galore, stuttering drums and shimmering guitar lines... A sure future dance-floor-filler." - NME (on "Gold")

"Scrambled Yorkshire Afro Punk...Post-everything pop-punk from brigade of muso anarchists up north. Like Vampire Weekend being mangled through a grinder." - NME Breakthrough

"Another new band that have recently come to mine and seemingly many others’ attention are Loose Talk Costs Lives. They play catchy danceable pop songs reminiscent of both Vampire Weekend and Foals but with plenty of original ideas to distance themselves.” - Drowned In Sound

“…If you enjoy the tidy guitars of Two Door Cinema Club, a kind which dance around like popcorn, or the afro-flavours of Tanlines, then you should become as enamoured as we have with this four-piece from Leeds. Their music is as tight and crisp as anything we’ve heard in recent times, seemingly erratic, as the beats and riffs dart about like a hummingbird. Even though at first glance they seem as hard to snare as grabbing bubbles, what you eventually find is that the music fills the space with warm melodies, particularly as they break for fantastic choruses… Loose Talk Costs Lives take it to another level, seeming like the perfect fusion of every band that’s ever been under that same influence." - The Recommender

“Angular riffs, breathless beats with some well worked hi-hat variation in there leaves me feeling all warm inside. So when I first heard Leeds' Loose Talk Costs Lives on the reliably awesome The Recommender blog, it was love at first listen. They bring the riffs and beats in abundance, and mix in some damn catchy melodies which serve to elevate them above the vast majority of mathematically-influenced (?!) Indie/Pop acts.” - The Mad Notes

“Up and coming Leeds based band, full of hot totty and great music to match. The wholesome foursome are exactly that, humble, gentle but make incredibly tropical pop” - Untried Magazine

“…Combining the jangliness of Bombay Bicycle Club with the melodic intricacies of a Kinsella composition, the band delivered a foot-tappingly bombastic performance.” – Leeds Guide - Various


'Some Nice Flowers/Wreck Ashore' Double A Side Single - (Self Released) Dec 2010

'Wax & Gold' EP - (Self-Released) Aug 2011



Taking influence amongst XTC, Four Brothers, Talking Heads and Steve Reich; Loose Talk Costs Lives present a diverse form of popular music. Forming in Leeds at the beginning of 2010, the band have since acquired a captivating reputation as a live act, seeing them support the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Wild Beasts and Good Shoes across the country, and receiving increasingly growing critical acclaim form the NME and Drowned in Sound.

James Rapson (guitars and vocals), Oliver Route (guitars), Liam Klimek (bass) and Greg Round (drums) all met whilst studying Music Production at Leeds Metropolitan University before arranging their first rehearsal in a Hyde Park basement; where they began to combine African inspired melodies amidst a beat driven rhythm section. A sound quickly reflecting their own. Since then the band have found themselves performing live showcases on the BBC introducing Yorkshire broadcast, playing numerous festivals around the UK including Newcastles Evolution, Sheffields Tramlines, Surreys Leefest and Live at Leeds as well as being featured as the 'Breakthrough Artist of the Week' within the Radar pages of the NME. In December 2010 the band self released their debut double A-side single "Some Nice Flowers/Wreck Ashore" and in August 2011 they released their follow up EP 'Wax & Gold'.