Telegram have just released their pledge-music funded debut Operator, an album that took nearly 3 years to create, making some people wonder for a while whether it would ever see the light of day.
Telegram first hit the scene when they released their debut single ‘Follow’ which has racked up nearly 80,000 plays on SoundCloud since. ‘Follow’ perfectly encapsulates the band’s sound; driving guitar, thrashing drums and harmonised vocals with a distinctive Welsh twang. It’s a sound which feels familiar to the glam rock era of the 1970s yet sounds like nothing in music at the moment.
Some thought that a second release would never come, but a surprise slot as a part of the NME Award Shows in February 2015 alongside the likes of Peace and the Cribs showed that this band still had something up their sleeve. ‘Aeons’, a song with enough rolling r’s to make Jonathan Ross’s head spin and intense bass line showed that this Welsh/London Quartet hadn’t just been hiding away, they’d been writing.
Operator is an impressive debut with clear hits; ‘Taffy Come Home’, ‘Aeons’ and ‘Follow’. But fans of Telegram won’t be disappointed with what the album as a whole has delivered. The deep cuts on this are what make this album great. ‘Godiva’s Here’ depicts the tale of a modern day Lady Godiva with chaotic guitar riffs and vocals which sound like Saunders & Moon (vocals) have ran out of air to breath at points. ’Regatta’ grabs your attention from the start, screams of rattattatat during the chorus make a live performance of this song more than likely a crowd favourite.
You may of unknowingly caught these guys supporting Temples, Miles Kane and the Horrors over the past few years but you can now see Telegram with an album under their belt for the first time on their UK tour which started in Birmingham and finishes at the Moth Club in London.
Tour dates can be found here.