There’s a UK band called Telegram that has the trademarks of a classic rock band with their slick new wave veneer, the loud post-punk roar, those instantly appealing and memorable hooks, not to mention the magnetic good looks of 80’s power pop stars. However, from the start you can tell they have this deeper, haunting quality of something powerful fueling their energy under the hood. This foursome that has been around have finally made it to the Big Apple to play a handful of shows to revel in their sharp and anxious debut album Operator that just recently got dropped.
We caught their late show appearance at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right as frontman and guitarist Mattew Saunders, bassist Oli Paget-Moon, guitarist Matt Wood, and drummer Jordan Cook cranked up the volume to maximum and powered the crowd into the wee hours of the morning. It may seem like they had travelled through a time tunnel from a legendarily better time in rock history, like a band out of time here to save all of our rock n’ roll souls. Yet, somehow, they mix extremes so smoothly and effortlessly you may be lulled into forgetting those extremes that blare so loudly in your face; like The Cars meeting Black Sabbath, or like Roxy Music meeting Devo, or like the New York Dolls meeting Queens Of The Stoneage. They somehow fuse elements of glam, krautrock, proto-punk, and psych to make a whole new genre, and they do it in true rock n’ roll suave style. It is always an amazing feat when a band can combine so many elements and somehow come out the other side so truly original, but Telegraph does it, and you should try them out yourself sometime, as they are sure to rock your world.
Article: Dean Keim
Photos: Alx Bear