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Looking for an outlet for his own songs, the Killers' drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. formed Big Talk after his main gig went on hiatus in 2010. Featuring former Expert on October bandmate Taylor Milne on guitar, the band further explores the post-punk that influenced Vannucci with a thumping, dramatic sound that conveys emotion while driving listeners to the dancefloor. Working with Strokes and Minus the Bear producer Joe Chicarelli, the duo recorded and released the self-titled Big Talk in the summer of 2011.
Big Talk is an American rock band, consisting of The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr, and Taylor Milne.
Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, The Shins) worked with the band on their debut album. It was recorded between November 2010 and January 2011 at Battle Born Studios, and was then mixed at London's Assault & Battery by Alan Moulder (U2, The Killers, Foo Fighters). Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp and Ted Sablay (who toured with The Killers) also helped out on the album.
The first single, "Getaways", was released on May 10, 2011. Big Talk released its eponymous debut album on July 12, 2011, on Vannucci's own label "Little Oil" in association with Epitaph Records. It first streamed in full via Much Music on July 12, 2011 and then on ABC's Music Lounge on July 13, 2011. NME streamed the album exclusively.
Big Talk made their live television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 25, 2011.
After touring and releasing albums for nearly nine years, Ronnie Vannucci Jr of The Killers and his bandmates went on hiatus. Shortly, he enlisted the help of a longtime friend and former band member (from Expert on October) Taylor Milne to record a solo album. Matt Sharp and Ted Sablay (formerly of Expert on October) also helped contribute bass parts to the album.
The band's live lineup currently consists of Ronnie Vannucci on vocals and guitar; Taylor Milne on guitar; Alex Stopa on drums; Tyson Henrie on bass; and John Spiker on keyboards, guitar and background vocals.