Introducing Teleman, the London four-piece set to storm Secret Garden Party
PUBLISHED: 22:27 28 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:38 09 June 2014
You might not have heard of London-based four-piece Teleman yet. But in the coming months, when the band will release their debut album Breakfast and perform at popular festival the Secret Garden Party, all that is bound to change.
Formed from the ashes of Pete and the Pirates, indie band Teleman consists of the very same Pete Cattermoul on bass, brothers Thomas and Jonny Sanders on vocals and keyboard, and newest recruit Hiro Amamiya on drums.
Originally a three-piece, the addition of a drummer came more or less in response to fans own demands, as songwriter Tom explained.
“Lots of people who came to [our live] shows responded really well, but we kept seeing the same comment which was that you guys should really get a drummer.
“I think people just want to see someone playing the drums.”
Although now living predominantly in east London and rehearsing at a studio in Shoreditch, all members of the band (apart from Hiro) hail from Reading.
It’s no surprise then that that town’s eponymous festival – and teenage rite of passage – had an influence on the group. But that doesn’t mean it holds a special place in their hearts, reveals Tom.
“Reading is the ugliest festival I have ever been to. It’s enormous – it’s like a refugee camp basically, of drunk teenagers.
“I actually really hate Reading festival. That was my early notion of what a festival was.
“When I actually joined a band I discovered a much nicer side to festivals which didn’t involve the smell of burning plastic and people screaming.”
As for Secret Garden Party, where Teleman will take to the stage in July joining the likes of Foxes, Deap Valley and Public Enemy (to name but a few), the band say they are raring to get going.
“We keep hearing really great thing about it so we are really excited about playing there,” says Tom.
“We aren’t quite sure what to expect. It certainly seems like one of the top festivals to be playing at and we are quite privileged to be playing there.”
Although the boys are on the other side of the fence, looking down from the stage rather than longingly up at it, Tom insists they’re still “part of the crowd”.
“When we play at festivals we are very much punters as well,” he explains.
“Once the gig has finished I feel like part of the crowd and I always make sure that I stay there as long as possible to see as much as possible.”
So what can music-lovers expect from Teleman?
Well, despite indie having become “kind of a dirty word,” as Tom suggests, the band is not afraid of the tag given the fact they’re signed to indie label Moshi Moshi.
Everyone from Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Didcroft, Roxy Music and Talking Heads have inspired the sound on the debut album Breakfast, available from June 2.
Their first LP will neatly offer ten songs to listeners, with tracks Cristina and 23 Floors Up already proving favourites among early fans.
Ten songs, proffers Tom, is exactly the right number for an album.
“I always wanted it to be ten songs because it is such a nice number to have on a recording,” he explains, referencing Rolling Stones’ album Their Satanic Majesties Request.
“Ten is just the perfect number. I don’t think people want to listen to more than ten songs, even if they like the band. Less is more.”
The making of the album has been a real labour of love, with much of the content coming from Tom’s own earlier musings while others are more recently conceived.
“Some of the songs were real last minute additions which came unexpectedly and others were really old songs from years ago which I had started working on and then put them to the back of my mind”, says Tom.
“Songs I knew that I truly loved and I wanted to do something with – they are really from all over the place.
“But somehow they seem to belong together.”