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talking about the speak


Talk about music; talk about The Speak. If any set of people can tell you everything about how to deliver tight, energetic, power pop rock on record or in sleek live performances, it’s them.

Driven by singer-songwriter, frontman and producer Nick Conroy (Martha Tilston, Beck Siàn) and handsomely assisted by ex-Cure member Matt Hartley, now on bass, and a couple of seriously competent drummers – more of them later – The Speak have five years’ experience honing their art in the recording studio and while gigging with Dodgy, Dreadzone, Chris Difford, Peter Hook and the Light and The Christians.

The roots of The Speak are in 60’s influences, the golden age of British music. “But that’s the root, not our musical family tree,” Nick says. “So much was invented in the 60’s but there has been far more created since and we have absorbed and learned from every exciting idea there has been in the last six decades. That’s given us a platform from which we’ve launched The Speak and everything that’s unique about what we do.”

The Speak has been created by Nick to his design which means everything the band does – from playing his songs to him defining the sound in the studio – is coherent and consistent but always evolving. It’s one man’s vision of how to make a band thrill the people listening. “It’s power pop rock done right,” Nick says. “It’ll make your ears feel like they’re on holiday and your feet feel like they should be!”

The two drummers working with The Speak are Violet Stow who has played with The Yardbirds and The Damned and Jon Barnett who’s worked with Paul Draper (Mansun) Steven Wilson and Depeche Mode.

(Jeff Clark-Meads - Ex editor Billboard International)


Vocals, Guitar / Nick Conroy
Bass / Matt Hartley
Drums / Violet Stow/Jon Barnett