So what is it about this rather infectious Telethon song that just landed here in the Organ in-box? Is it that the first the first ten seconds of it sounds like the Argent/Clout/Rainbow pop rock classic Since You’ve Been Gone or is it that the damn thing is just so infectiously catchy? Is it me or do they sound like a slightly geeky North American college pop-rock version of Thin Lizzy?. Give it a moment, wait for those Scott Gorham/Brian Robertson guitars kick in, whatever it is, this is damn good pop music.
Hang on, stop the bus and the marching men coming down from the glen, you might say you Don’t Believe a Word, but I really hadn’t read the press release before I mention the Liz, I really honestly hadn’t, but then Thin Lizzy were the first band I obsessively collected, I can spot a Lizzy influence a mile off, have I ever shown you my giant Johnny The Fox tattoo? Don’t be getting all Jimmy the Weed on me now. Lizzy were the greatest pop rock band ever back there and these guys from Wisconsin quite clearly know it. Actually they don’t sound a bit like Thin Lizzy, of course they don’t, and don’t believe me if I tell you, especially if I tell you not a word of this is true, unless your ear is acutely tuned in to these things and they’ve been listening ot some crazy DJ out there in the bay, Telethon sound like a geeky north American alternative pop band, and a damn fine one at that, whoooh, listen to that bit there on Milwaukee Distance Blues, Lizzy or what!? Here’s the new track, some sunny pop rock, I’ve played it 43 times already today…I like this band, they’ve got a sound of their own, they’ve got a lot of ingredients in there and really the ingredients really should not make for such a sweet sounding cake, it does though (I bet these guys have an Argent record or two next to their American indie pop collection)
Hang on another moment, let me wake up from this quick sleep in a Honda Civic (somewhere outside the city limits) and see what else Telethon have got. I once got kicked out of school for constantly wearing a Thin Lizzy t-shirt, school uniform was blue, so was the shirt, where was the problem? I was a villain for a while back there, well no, not really, but I do like these guys and their lyrics, they were villains back there. They don’t have much up on line right now, this debut album Witness takes some tracking down, it sounds like a band making their first moves, it came out in February 2015, the production isn’t that great, there’s something in there with the flatness though, we need more of the forthcoming second album that this new track is off though, this new track is great big leap forward and I painted a wall last night, well they did, I didn’t, I’ve been painting on canvas and bits of wood all day..I’m reluctant to even post this first Telethon album here, this new song is miles ahead of that first album… (sw)
So here’s where you can go to get your hands on a slice of forthcoming vinyl and that new single from the soon to be released second album
Phil was a red…. have some Lizzy…
Hang on, here’s that Telethon press release, I never read these things until I’ve listen to the music….
“Telethon premiere new single. File under: Modern Baseball meets Thin Lizzy with Hammond organs”
Sometimes the best results are born in the heat of the moment, and Telethon’s latest full-length effort ‘Citrosis’, rehearsed once the night before they took it to the studio, is proof. Formed in the winter of 2014 in Wisconsin, the power-pop meets punk-rock quintet have created a diverse record, which calls on Modern Baseball’s emotion and honesty, Thin Lizzy’s melodic guitar harmonies and Weezer’s playfulness.
Recorded in just over five days in September 2015 by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Punch, Funeral Diner, Big Kids, Joyce Manor, Laura Stevenson and more), ‘Citrosis’ is an adrenaline-fuelled relentless 32 minutes of near-gapless playback, blending an enticing mix of emotive lyrics, garage-rock-infused riffs and classic rock harmonies over the course of 12 tracks. ‘Citrosis’ is a loose narrative of the low-stakes anxiety that prods us throughout our waking lives, touching on topics usually only discovered post ‘coming of age’ along with the realisation that things are only as hard as you make them for yourself.
The lead track ‘Mineral King’ is a sun-kissed road-trip of angular rock n roll riffs and sugar coated piano and organ lines, infusing laid back yet self-realising lyrics that comment on everyday social constructs with contrasting moments of uplift. Tracks such as ‘Fallout’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened To Me Today’ juxtapose incredibly honest lyrics and seemingly tongue-in-cheek sarcasm with upbeat instrumentation: 70’s era Hammond organ sections, punk-rock bass sections and conversely surf-rock driven guitars take the narrative out of its comfort zone and urges it to have fun. Telethon’s influences are greatly varied across the record, to the point that tracing the origin of the band’s overall sound is futile. What is clear is that this is the sound of a group of long-term friends writing honest songs about modern living and irreverently having a good time doing it.
On writing the new material Kevin Tully (Vocals/Guitar) said “These songs are the products of very caffeinated, isolated, stream-of-consciousness writing sessions. I recorded them as rough demos on my phone, then sent them out to the rest of the guys to fester and morph into what you hear on the record. Jack Shirley became the final puzzle piece by hearing out all of our scatterbrained big ideas and turning each of them into something grounded and tangible.”
‘Citrosis’ is an album that touches upon post-millennial topics explored with instrumentation from not only across the last three decades but over a huge range of styles and sub-genres. Despite being recorded with haste, the building blocks couldn’t have been more thoughtfully devised. This album, much like life, is a fast one-way play-through, tackling a whole range of emotions. If you want our advice, the best way to experience this is to turn it up as loud as it will go, embrace it and enjoy it.
Telethon are: Kevin Tully – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Sibilski – Guitar/Backing Vocals, Alex Meylink – Bass/Backing Vocals, Nate Johnson – Organ/Piano/Synth and Erik Atwell – Drums/Percussion. The new album ‘Citrosis’ due out 1st April 2016
Shall we acknowledge that modern Baseball reference the press release made?
Our of here, 43 paintings to paint… more later, maybe