LIVE REVIEW: Telegram, @ Ku Bar, Stockton (19.02.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Telegram have been on the go for several years now, despite having only just releasing their eponymous debut. I’d seen the band before during support slots for acts such as The Horrors and The Wytches, but I was glad to finally see them on their very own headline tour – one they massively deserve, at that.

It’s pleasing to see a growing number of people come down early to see the opening act after a gruelling Friday at work, but with a band like Crease doing the honours, I can’t say I blame them.

The Teesside trio are a band that improve every single time I see them. A sound consisting of a mix of funk, psych, and grunge may sound odd on paper, but they always seem to pull it off perfectly.

Next up are Serinette. Their joyful synth-infused indie disco has led to them gaining quite a following in the local area – and it’s easy to see why.

You have no other choice when you watch Serinette: you absolutely have to dance, regardless of your alcohol intake. Already having a few fans donning t-shirts and singing along to every word, who knows where the uplifting outfit will go next?

Telegram strut onto the stage not long after midnight. The four-piece wouldn’t look out of place in a slightly sleazy eighties band – they certainly have the look, anyway. Appearance and attitude aren’t everything, mind. You can definitely feel a slurry of eighties influences in their music: post-punk, Krautrock, even glam rock – not three genres that are particularly easy to draw influence from in one go, but Telegram manage to nail it.

All of their songs are adrenaline (and, judging by the vocalist, whiskey) fuelled epics, with debut single Follow and Regatta being particularly rowdiness-inducing for this writer. The only downside of the night? That more people weren’t there to witness it. The blistering guitars, in-your-face attitude, and the sheer relentlessness of their live sets may not appeal to everyone, but the best bands never have exactly been people pleasers, have they?

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