Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with alternative rock artist Tali Dennerstein.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about yourself:
TALI DENNERSTEIN: I’m an alternative rock singer, songwriter and producer. I’ve always been very passionate about music and from very early on in my life, I listened to 80’s and 90’s gothic, grunge and alternative rock, which really got me inspired me to start my own musical journey. I’ve always enjoyed writing melodies and lyrics and after being in a few different bands over the years that ultimately parted ways, I decided to become a solo artist.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
TALI DENNERSTEIN: I’m inspired by many different artists and bands but my biggest inspirations I’d say were Curve, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nick Drake, The Chameleons. I love Curve’s Doppleganger album and the way the guitars created a huge wall of distorted sound. I also loved the way they used a lot of electronic elements, which merged in, with the guitars. It made the tracks sound quite industrial, even though they were considered a shoegaze band. They had a very interesting and unique sound. I’ve also been very inspired by how grunge bands wrote their lyrics. They were often really deep and introspective and really made me think about what message they were trying to convey. I liked the fact that the lyrics weren’t straightforward and were hard to figure out sometimes and that everyone could find their own meaning in them.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
TALI DENNERSTEIN: My latest release is a seven track EP called “Live For Tomorrow”. The songs are a mix between pop and folk rock with some ambient electronic elements and the EP has quite a 90’s feel to it. The songs are filled with heartfelt lyrics, about having hope for the future when things feel bad or go wrong, finding inner strength and letting go of the past. The first song is called “Summertime” and it’s a very catchy upbeat pop rock song, with a feel good Summer vibe. It’s about releasing and letting go of negative thoughts and instead embracing all of the small meaningful and beautiful things in life, when we’re stuck in a cycle of depression. It’s also about keeping hope alive and just trying to stay optimistic. The second song is called “Tonight” and is a folk rock song. It’s about a girl, being led on a journey to find herself and unknowingly being guided by invisible forces, in the right direction who are watching over her and protecting her. The third song is called “Live For Tomorrow” and the track is an indie pop song, about a relationship, that just isn’t working out and it’s about just accepting things and looking to the future and letting go of the past. The fourth track is called “Hurt”. It’s a slow electronic ambient song and the is about unintentionally hurting someone you love, feeling regret over the situation and how you miss them after they’ve gone. The fifth track is called “See The Sun”. This one is very 90’s Brit pop, in style and it’s about closing the door to the past and looking forward towards a brighter future. The sixth song is called “Skyline”. It’s about being there for someone who’s hurting and telling them you’ll always be there for them. The final track is called “Far Away”. That song is about imagining a better world, where hatred, greed and fear don’t exist.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
TALI DENNERSTEIN: I don’t have any live shows planned for the moment but I am a perfectionist, so I tend to put a lot of effort into my live shows. You could expect a very genuine, passionate and heartfelt performance, with catchy and memorable songs, thought inducing lyrics and some powerful guitar riffs and melodies.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself heading in 5 years?
TALI DENNERSTEIN: I haven’t really thought that far ahead. I tend to take one day at a time but hopefully I’ll still be writing, recording and releasing more music, into the world and as long as it benefits or touches people in some way, that’s all I could ever wish for.