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Teleman / October and November 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Glory Hallejujah! No pun intended: London’s Teleman, led by frontman Tommy Sanders, have announced a massive new winter UK tour for October and November 2016. All the dates are listed below, and tickets are available now.

The band have also released a promo video for what I consider one of their latest album’s strongest offerings. ‘Brilliant Sanity’ was released back in April on Moshi Moshi Records (read my review here) and ‘Glory Hallejujah’, not to be confused with or compared to the Leonard Cohen tearjerker, now has its own promo video. Directed by the band’s own keyboardist Jonny Sanders, there’s running around, daylight and nighttime, water and rocky outcrops, indoor shots of cathedrals and outdoor shots of…well…cathedrals. And some live shots from touring. It’s all here in the promo for ‘Glory Hallejujah’, which you can watch below. PS: hey Tom, I hope you’re happy and smiling somewhere. For more on Teleman on TGTF, head here.

Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Hull Welly
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Aberdeen Café Drummond
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Friday 21st October 2016 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Liverpool Leaf
Sunday 23rd October 2016 – Leicester Cookie
Monday 24th October 2016 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 27th October 2016 – Oxford Academy
Friday 28th October 2016 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Sunday 30th October 2016 – Reading Sub89
Monday 31st October 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – London Forum
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Cardiff Globe
Saturday 5th November 2016 – Belfast Limelight 2

 

Album Review: Teleman – Brilliant Sanity

 
By on Thursday, 7th April 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Teleman Brilliant Sanity album coverA few years ago, there was some question (and reasonably so) as to whether Teleman would cut the mustard. Cult rock favourite Pete and the Pirates had disbanded, with three core members moving on to start the more pop-orientated band. In their summer 2014 debut album ‘Breakfast’, they strode out in fashion, using transport as a metaphor for bad relationships and death. This was done not necessarily to soften the blow being delivered, but to showcase eloquent lyrics and smart songwriting in a series of toe-tappers. It’s an intelligent album I still listen to frequently. Similarly, in their second outing on Moshi Moshi tomorrow with ‘Brilliant Sanity’, romantic disappointments aren’t so much spelled out as terrible things that befall good people. Instead, they’re put through a filter where people who sin and do bad things (or think they are doing as much) can come out on the other side and can laugh and sing about it.

That’s right. This is an album of well-crafted pop songs about hell and the devil. Or something like that. And Teleman make sure the journey is well worthwhile, with a brand new set of infectious melodies guaranteed to get in your head and stay there for a good, long while. Lead singer and guitarist Tommy Sanders’ witticisms will also make you chuckle but more importantly, think. On production duties for the album was Dan Carey, of Speedy Wunderground and Kate Tempest superstardom collab fame, with whom they collaborated on for the 2015 limited edition Speedy single ‘Strange Combinations’. Carey’s suggestion of letting three synthesisers lead the aesthetic of the LP, giving it a futuristic feel. Already previously unveiled singles from the new release are the minor key masterpiece ‘Fall in Time’ and superb earworm ‘Düsseldorf’:

I am suffering from the same quandary I had with ‘Breakfast’: I can’t decide if Tommy Sanders is a hopeless romantic, a cynical git, or both. In any event, driving standout ‘Glory Hallejujah’ is where you should probably start, working your way outward from Sanders’ thoughts on a “happy ever after” that never happened despite his pained “working at the coalface / digging up the love for you”. Like ‘Monday Morning’ on the previous album, it’s evident he’s got an axe to grind with an ex and is disappointed in himself “feeling very lonesome / feeling like a perfect fool” over a lover who isn’t giving him what he needs. But he’s the one with the power, resolute that whatever good or bad comes out of this and happens, he’s in control: “give me everything you’ve got / how ever do you want me / I’m never going to make this stop”. As is appropriate for a song with the word ‘Glory’ in its name, the song has a sweeping grandeur, culminating in Sanders holding an incredible note. Here and on the dark yet oh so funky ‘Drop Out’ with its bluesy keyboard chords, where he accepts that “I wouldn’t bend, so I broke the mould”, he’s cognisant that his choices in life may not been conventional or common sense, they were his choices to make and he’ll be happy to live with the consequences.

In the hardest rocking number on the LP, ‘Tangerine’, we’re confronted with a joyful Eastern melody accompanied by guitar chords begging for air guitar play. I’ve considered the woman in question who “came from overseas / just to dance that foxtrot with me” is American, as the fruit in the title are called satsumas in Britain. Hmm… Perhaps the tune came from their preoccupation with the Vietnamese restaurant across the road from Carey’s HQ in Streatham, or their decision to set the mood for each song’s recording by using coloured lighting, both noted in the press sheet?

From ‘Tangerine’, we go into the sweetly poppy ‘English Architecture’ and its bouncy, sci-fi synth notes. Sanders wistfully desires for a real relationship within a whirlwind romance, bemoaning that “maybe I’m waiting for a bell to ring, or a symphony to play” to make things more permanent, although he begs, “take my shoes away from me, and I will stay / and I could lie here and fantasise that nothing’s going to change”. That same footgear are revisited in two reflective, softer songs: ‘Canvas Shoe’ and album closer ‘Devil in My Shoe’, a reflective, softer torch song to missing out, which I’m guessing is an allusion to time marching on, getting older and taking steps in a direction that hopefully is, but might not always be wiser.

That’s the beauty of ‘Brilliant Sanity’, its overall optimism, and at a higher level than was on ‘Breakfast’. On the chugging along title track, we’re confronted with “losing everything I’ve ever had / I’ve lost everything in a house fire” and terrible things in life, yet the human trait of resiliency allows us to regroup, restart, rebuild. Sanders sings, “You can take anything you like / it’s all coming back in the end sometime”: a comforting sentiment. Brilliant? A resounding yes.

9/10

‘Brilliant Sanity’, the sophomore album from London-based Teleman, is out tomorrow (the 8th of April) on Moshi Moshi. You can listen back to a live session the band did for Marc Riley on Wednesday on BBC iPlayer here. For more coverage on Teleman on TGTF, go here.

 

Teleman / April 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 24th March 2016 at 9:00 am
 

London-based alt-rock quartet Teleman have announced a list of UK and European tour dates to coincide with the release of their second LP ‘Brilliant Sanity’ on the 8th of April.  Our own editor Mary has recently featured the video for the album’s current single ‘Düsseldorf’ right back here.  The newly listed tour dates include a show at the London Koko on the 14th of April, before the band heads off to Europe for dates in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Tickets for the following shows are available now.  A full list of Teleman’s upcoming live shows can be found on their official Web site.  TGTF’s previous coverage of Teleman is back this way.

Friday 1st April 2016 – Liverpool Buyers Club
Saturday 2nd April 2016 – Leeds Wardrobe
Sunday 3rd April 2016 – Newcastle Think Tank
Monday 4th April 2016 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 5th April 2016 – Manchester Gorilla
Thursday 7th April 2016 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 8th April 2016 – Birmingham Rainbow
Saturday 9th April 2016 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Monday 11th April 2016 – Norwich Open
Tuesday 12th April 2016 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – Hove Old Market
Thursday 14th April 2016 – London Koko
Friday 15th April 2016 – Bristol Marble Factory

 

Video of the Moment #2043: Teleman

 
By on Sunday, 13th March 2016 at 10:00 am
 

We are off for SXSW 2016 now, but before we leave you, I wanted to post a video (and single) that should keep you occupied until we’re back the week of the 21st of March.

Teleman have been busy. The London-based band, who we last heard from in 2015 via their Speedy Wunderground limited edition single ‘Strange Combinations’, will be releasing their second album on the 1st of April. I couldn’t be happier; their debut as Teleman 2 years ago, ‘Breakfast’, was my favourite album of that year.

In ‘Brilliant Sanity’, out at the start of April, the group continues their penchant for a snappy tune with thoughts on love seen through the acerbic wit of Tommy Sanders. This is exemplified by second album teaser single ‘Düsseldorf’ (following behind ‘Fall in Time’ revealed in December), named after the artsy Northern German city that rarely gets the attention from the outside world it deserves. Which is a good commentary on Teleman themselves. Watch and listen to ‘Düsseldorf’ below. ‘Brilliant Sanity’ is scheduled for release on the 8th of April on Moshi Moshi Records.

 

Video of the Moment #1781: Teleman

 
By on Wednesday, 8th April 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s a hohum Wednesday, and I’m sure you’re just thinking about how long it’s been since we’ve seen that dancing baby. But I’ve got something far more groovy for you. Teleman recently released a limited edition single with London indie label Speedy Wunderground, ‘Strange Combinations’, and true to its name, the promo for the single combines the colours that the band are known for (see past videos for ‘Skeleton Dance’ and ‘Cristina’) and infectious disco beats with, yes, dancing plastic dolls.

The ‘Strange Combinations’ limited edition 7″ single, produced by Speedy Wunderground label boss Dan Carey (who also works with Kate Tempest), is sadly sold out already. You snooze, you lose!

 

6 Music Festival 2015 on Tyneside: Sunday Roundup (Part 2)

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

To catch up on the first half of Martin’s review of Sunday at the 6 Music Festival 2015, click here.

An event should never be defined by its headliners – and for such a prestigious event, it could be argued that 6 Music weren’t too bothered about the halo effect of an international superstar topping the bill. Headlining the dark ‘n’ moody dance room (usually known as the Northern Rock Foundation Hall) was Daniel Avery, whose set provoked some discussion. Specifically, what do dance music producers actually *do* live? He presses the odd button, tweaks the odd knob, but mostly spends his time gyrating with his headphones over one ear. The plinth is arranged so we punters can’t see what equipment he’s got or what he’s doing, so one has to assume he’s booted up a MacBook Air and just pressed play. Musically, it’s inventive stuff, both danceable and listenable, but I’d like a bit more of a live performance.

One thing’s for sure, people really love The Charlatans. When I say people, I mean the middle-class-of-a-certain-age that occupy Hall One tonight. Surely nobody in 1990 would have predicted that they would become one of the country’s most durable and sought-after live acts. Perhaps it’s their dogged tenacity that people like; their sound hasn’t really developed beyond the baggy themes that they’ve purveyed for the past 25 years. Tim Burgess is becoming a bit of an icon, despite only a moderately interesting voice and his unusual hinting-at-transvesticism shock of blonde hair and oversized cardigan. Or maybe it’s the ever-present Hammond organ that’s the secret to their success. It’s difficult to argue that The Charlatans are as important a band and the Blurs, Suedes and Stone Roses of this world, but they could certainly teach their contemporaries a thing or two about persistence, and it’s paid off in their well-received headline show tonight.

A quick glance at The Maccabees is enough to know they’re not going to outdo The Charlatans in the indie-rock stakes, and so it falls to Teleman to be unlikely winner of the ‘Headliner of the Day’ award. Their subtle, Krautrock-influenced songs are tinged with wide-eyed innocence, not to say the ghost of Sparks, and they manage to end up in a brilliant crescendo courtesy of an extended version of ‘I’m Not in Control’. Teleman have a refreshing, shiny newness to them that neither The Charlatans’ greatest hits set nor The Maccabees’ laddish jollity can compete with. It is perhaps surprising that 6 Music went with such safe, established headliners (Teleman excepted, of course), as the absence of Jon Hopkins was sorely felt. (Get well soon!)

I’ve been somewhat critical of the Sage Gateshead in the past: for being too uptight, too high-brow, and too authoritarian to really enjoy a night out there. But tonight, that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s ironic that the combination of two deeply establishment entities should actually give rise to an event as comparatively anarchic as tonight, but that is what happened. In the year of her 10th birthday, Sage let her hair down – and it was beautiful. The most obvious example of which is the never-before-seen removal of the seats in Hall One, which your faithful correspondent accurately predicted would happen in a Tweet to the Sage – they were naturally tight-lipped about it in advance, of course, but it shows how much clout the BBC had over how the evening was run, and the Sage management deserve a huge amount of credit for taking the leap of faith and going along with it.

Tonight proved what power for simultaneous multi-disciplinary performance Sage has until now kept hidden beneath her taffeta. I’m prepared to stand corrected, but tonight was the first time that pints were thrown and spliffs were smoked in the Sage. A small victory for people with souls. The door staff even seemed to let their hair down a little and go with the relaxed atmosphere. Not entirely though: I got told off for standing on a step. It’s ironic that it should be the BBC, one of the biggest, most tarnished, most confused bureaucracies that the world has ever seen (let’s not forget that in a uniquely misguided spasm of dithering the powers that be came very close to shutting down 6 Music itself) that should encourage Sage to effectively shed her staid overclothes and teach her how to have a good time. At the age of 10.

Or perhaps that’s the one thing that the BBC’s good at, I forget. At any rate, whether through an honest desire to bring good music and the spotlight of publicity to the regions, or alternatively a desperate attempt to inject some much-needed credibility and goodwill into an ailing institution, this was a brilliantly-conceived and superbly-executed weekend that only a churl would see as anything less than a roaring success. Where next? Nottingham, Glasgow, Bristol? They’re going to have to work hard to top Tyneside.

Performances from across the weekend can be found on the BBC iPlayer or via the red button on any digital TV. Massive thanks to Kate and the festival publicity team for sorting out out accreditation.

 
 
 

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