In the Post #8: The Telegraphs – We Were Ghosts

By on Monday, 11th May 2009 at 12:00 pm

Telegraphs are an English outfit based in Brighton, having steadily garnered a healthy following; they debut with their first full-length release: “We Were Ghosts”.

The album gets off to very punchy and energetic start with three fairly short tracks which show a similar dynamic to those also in the genre I like to class as “Pop-punk/emo”, vibrant full sounds and lyrics followed by gentle lulls before once again powering into emotionally delivered vocals.

The record however soon begins to lose its way from the opening few tracks, “Drop D Not Bombs” is an instrumental which for me serves no other purpose than to act as filler. If it were more an instrumental and not just one of their fairly formulaic songs minus the lyrics, I may have not been so scathing, but to include this on the record for me is lazy at best.

“I Don’t Navigate By You” is the only major vocal contribution by the only female member of the group: Hattie Williams. This track again is delivered with a similar emotional tone with the female lyrics adding a little more dimension and making it stand out a bit more than the other tracks. It begs the question as to why her vocal abilities weren’t a bigger feature in some of the other tracks where she was relegated to backing vocals.

Beyond this the album fizzles out into samey tracks which show a lack of creativity on the whole which is a theme which seems to befit the whole record. Telegraphs are competing in a genre which isn’t lacking in talent or success stories at all, this album will certainly win over plenty of potential new fans for the band, but they will need to make themselves stand out much more in a very saturated area of music at the moment to really make lasting impact.

And by the way guys, leave the brooding guitar instrumentals to the likes of Mogwai and their contemporaries, it takes something very special to pull that stuff off.


Telegraphs’ We Were Ghosts is released on 25th May. Pre-order it on Amazon now.

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