Interview with . . . There’s Talk





Some people play music that is perfect for playing at a snooty hipster coffee shop. There’s Talk is the first band that should be on your coffee shop playlist.

There’s Talk is a Dance/Electronic/dream pop from Oakland, California. The band members are Olivia Lee, Kellen Balla and Young Lee. They have a new album, bathed water moon, that has just been released.



When I listen to their records, I want to talk about books, music and social injustice with people wearing corduroy and beanies. They are my people. There’s Talk could be your people too.

Until I find a good coffee shop, I will have to do interviews like the following one with Olivia Lee from There’s Talk.



Where was your first show?

We played at El Rio. I remember the headliner sporting bras on their heads by the end.

Do you think that this album is different from “Tiny Strands?”

I wrote Tiny Strands before I met Young and Kellen. It’s been a blast collaborating with them on many more layers of reverb and electronic wizardry.

What’s your favorite social media outlet?

I’m really pleased by my friends’ absurd Instagram stories.

What have you been listening to lately?

Lushloss, Jenny Hval, Hand Habits, Phoebe Bridgers, Emily Sprague, Big Thief, Winter, Palehound, Fever Ray, High and Fragile, Lauren O’Connell, sweet angel Suf (always)

Was it a drastic change from playing in your friend’s garage/studio to playing in front of crowds?

It was a shared garage and we used to practice in headphones in the dark so sometimes Kellen’s neighbors would walk in to do laundry and we would just appear to be singing acapella and banging our heads. I guess a show is not any less awkward, just brighter and louder.

Would you ever go on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert?

Yes. We would just need a lot of outlets.

What do you do when you’re not in the studio or on tour?

Think about being in the studio

Are there any causes/charities that you support?

ACLU, HRC, Trevor Project, Advancement Project, Transgender Law Center, It Gets Better Project, Muttville, Cat Town



There’s Talk website

bathed water moon album on bandcamp


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I could be the worst cook in America. My boyfriend tells his friends about my cooking disasters. I'm glad someone is amused. I like movies, music, comic books and corny jokes.

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