The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 5: Tallhart goes national
(It’s the end of the year, and just as we did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Soundcheck is counting down the year’s top local music stories as determined by your humble Soundcheck editor. We’ll be counting down two each day through New Year’s Eve.)
Tampa's Marksmen have long been one of the area's most appreciated young groups -- heck, we named them a tbt* Ultimate Local Artist in 2011. So it came as no surprise that they signed to a national label in February.
Did we expect them to change their name to Tallhart? No, we didn't see that coming. But it's a good name. We'll take it.
Tallhart signed to Equal Vision Records, becoming the label's second Tampa Bay band (the first, Tarpon Springs' Set It Off, released their debut Equal Vision album, Cinematics, in September). Specifically, they signed to Rory, an imprint run by Say Anything's Max Bemis; the group toured the country with Say Anything throughout the year. They even won a big-name fan in Chris Carabba of Dashboard Confessional, who called them "one of my favorite bands."
In January, the group released the album Sister of Mine. More recently, they released the above video for their song Drunk Kids, from their new EP Bloodlines, and in January, they'll enter the studio with producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate).
Seems tough to believe, but for Tallhart, the best could still be yet to come.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE TOP TAMPA MUSIC STORIES OF 2012:
No. 10: The return of arena rock
No. 6: The USF Sun Dome reopens