Talk Town

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In my little black book of rock 'n' roll definitions*, Talk Town comes under the heading of: Success Waiting To Happen.

The band is fronted by mid-west transplant Jarrett "Jar" Dean, Talk Town's founder and principal singer/songwriter. Jar moved to New Jersey from Indiana in May 1995 with a view to enriching his musical knowledge as well as his playing ability, together with the deep history that's embedded within New Jersey's musical past.

Currently accompanying Jar in Talk Town is a resonant force to be reckoned with, namely: Stephen Ross (lead guitar and vocals), Tim Perry (drums), and Hal B. Selzer, one of New Jersey's most talented and respected bass players. Individually, these guys are all highly accomplished musicians. So, whaddayaget when you put 'em altogether? A totally dynamic sound, that's what!

It's been a long time since a band as exciting and inspirational as Talk Town has emerged from the legendary New Jersey music scene and, notably, a band whose original music is so outstanding. Similar in genre to the likes of Matchbox 20 and heavily influenced by the likes of Oasis and David Gray, Talk Town's songs present a refreshing opportunity for the listener to enjoy a collection of inimitable material that is conspicuous by its lyrical and musical excellence. Not surprisingly, the band's high-energy, live performances consistently attract large crowds from their rapidly growing base of loyal supporters.

From Hoboken to Hightstown and from Red Bank to Point Pleasant Beach, Talk Town's hectic playing schedule stands testament to the band's increasing popularity amongst New Jersey's music loving audiences. And in response to their fans' pleas, Talk Town recently released a brand-new sampler CD comprising the most requested original material - "Rainin' In LA"; "Claustrophobic"; "Drama Queen"; "Feel Alive"; "High"; and "Hip Tragedy." Each track has its own melodic identity and features catchy, upbeat chorus lines, incredible bass riffs as well as haunting guitar solos. All of those ingredients and much, much more, ensure that a high degree of listening interest is maintained from start to finish. Without exception, every song on this CD is guaranteed to stimulate your audio senses, leaving you hankering to hear more.

At time of writing, Talk Town remain unsigned but, with a bit of luck, this particular miscarriage of musical justice will soon change. On January 31st, 2002, Talk Town will be performing to a highly-influential audience at one of New York City's most prestigious clubs, "The Elbow Room". This is a golden opportunity for record labels and music fans alike to hear some incredible original sounds that will hopefully lead to the band receiving the national and international recognition they so rightly deserve.

*Talk Town - n. 1 success waiting to happen (colloq. often followed with a champagne celebration)

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