Telegram

LEGS like supermodels and locks long and luscious, The Music Manual presents to you, Telegram. This London based quartet are currently caked in utter media frenzy with their contorted psychedelia, forcing the popular indie-pop to drown it
self in a rather exquisite pond of cold sick.

As soon as Radio 6 DJ, Mark Riley got a whiff of Telegram's drunken demos, the foursome were thrown into a land of unpopular opinion and fashion, yet remained to keep a well known slur within their confrontational sound.

'Rule Number One' is their latest track available to devour upon soundcloud, sharing an undoubtedly punk essence with a radiant shimmer of cymbal crashing and frolicsome guitar. Waves of unequivocal energy digs its nails deep into your spine, etching the Telegram name onto the very inconspicuous pieces of DNA. A softly strained vocality allows for an experimental 80's kookiness to develop, again, perhaps signalling to a mushy punk mentality. Eerily having the complete capability to brainwash the most intelligent of minds to follow the conception of an exciting new chapter of British music.


It's a rare occurrence when a band actually sounds as good as their material live, but my, my do Telegram feast upon crowd feedback. After having the pleasure of taking in their 'rough and ready' live set whilst supporting, mocker Miles Kane at his Liverpool Olympia show, The Music Manual simply had to take some of the glory for covering such a proficient rebellion. Get a load of our interview with the almighty, Telegram...

What brought you all together to form Telegram?
All our other friends were in bands and we just got jealous when we saw how easy it was. 

Is image a crucial factor for bands now?
Lack of image is more of an issue, if you don't have anything to say, inwardly or outwardly, then what's the point?

You're playing Benicassim this Summer, is this something you'd like to do more of as opposed to smaller clubs and venues?
Well... we're thrilled to be able to start jetting about like this, but they don't have Benicassims in Wolverhampton, so I guess we'll stick with what we're given. 

How do you find the social media aspect of connecting with your fans?
It's a joy to be able to communicate directly to your audience, and for them to be able to get in touch with you. However, I can't help feeling slightly manipulated when I see a blurry instagram photo from a band I like on facebook - it's a false gesture, a touch too professional and businesslike for our tastes... just there because there's an expectation rather than an actual extension of pleasantry. 

If you could pick any record that would match your personalities, what would you all choose and why?
'Here Come the Warm Jets' by Brian Eno is by turns saucy, sweet and coy...

You've just got off tour with Miles Kane, how did you find that?
Miles is a cheeky chap and he has some nice jackets. We got to play to an awful lot of people, perhaps some of them didn't enjoy us, but if spreading bad vibes to post-industrial satellite towns in the North West isn't what we're about I don't know what is. 

What do you think defines a decent crowd?
It's quite good when you get a lot of unreasonably drunk people, they seem to spend all their money on t shirts and things and provide excellent entertainment. We sold a shirt for somebody for five pounds to a man in Cardiff a few weeks back - he took a ten pound note out of his wallet, ripped it in half and handed over one piece. Obviously we were in no position to argue with that sort of jolly effrontery. 

Don't suppose the name Telegram has any reference to Bolan's classic, Telegram Sam?
Absolutely everything!

Do you have any style techniques you can share?
Never pay more for anything than you would a bag of chips. 

Where do you see Telegram going next year?
All tired and confused and just having a nice big sit down, wondering where all the time went. 


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