March 24, 2010 (Austin, TX) A year after making their first SXSW appearance, smart-pop outfit, SPEAK, wins the Austin Music Award for Best New Band, an honor bestowed by voters in the yearly poll hosted by the Austin Chronicle. At the star-studded awards ceremony last Saturday, the band strode on stage to accept their award from one of their greatest musical inspirations, the Talking Heads.

SPEAK guitarist Nick Hurt recalls “standing next to [the Talking Heads] in the green room but we didn’t want to be like ‘woah’ and freak out. Jerry Harrison introduced the award and we went on stage. Afterward, Chris Frantz said ‘keep up the exceptional work.’ They were super nice—overly nice.”

Just one month after releasing their debut EP, Hear Here, the baby-faced popsters join the canon of hometown favorites such as Los Lonely Boys, White Denim, and the Greencards elected over the last 21 years.

SPEAK were able to spend some time with the Heads as they were leaving the Austin Music Hall post-ceremony, and experienced a little ego boost in front of a band that inspired their new wave style and moniker.

Hurt continues, “As we were walking away saying our second round of hello’s, thank-you’s, you guys are badass—that sort of thing, they got in a pedi-cab and it just so happened that someone drove by and yelled SPEAK! SPEAK!”

It turns out the Talking Heads and SPEAK have more in common than just the shared spotlight that evening.

The band will headline an ALL AGES Show at The Mohawk April 29, 2010 at 11:30pm


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