Walking out of the coolest vintage shop in East London is the glammed-up krautrock four-piece Telegram.
Skipping the damp, dismal and disappointing audiences of the pub circuit, Telegram were recording a BBC 6 live session with Marc Riley before even playing a note onstage.
This came about after the band drunkenly sent in an IPhone recording to friend Charlie Boyer (of Voyeurs), who was being interviewed on the show, Riley, liking what he heard, invited the band in for a session. Then followed the usual onslaught of the music press labeling Telegram “the hottest new band”.
The debut single ‘Follow’ speeds down the Autobahn in a perfect slice of sentimental krautrock energy by the likes of Can and Neu, with the added fury of post-punk bands Magazine and the Dead Boys. B-side ‘Under The Night Time’ is a more whimsical proto-glam affair in the vein of The Flamin’ Groovies, Roxy Music and T-Rex, with classic 70s glam splash cymbals and marching rhythms.
Instantly grabbing the attention of the public, critics and other great new paisley pattern bands such as Toy (with shared producer Dan Carey), Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs and Temples, who they are currently touring with. While Telegram have stated “we don’t like the comparisons already made to…”(above bands), yet for them having their name dropped in all the right circles (The Horrors are fans), has clearly done them no harm.
If they really don’t like the comparisons the next single would be the time to be different. Yet for now enjoy the latest “paisley patterned” single ‘Follow’ from “the hottest new band” Telegram.
words Alan Byatt
Brash newcomers Telegram perform new single Follow