According to Tellison themselves, the four-piece are a self-proclaimed ‘waking-nightmare’. ‘Tact Is Dead’ is their latest single release and is evidence enough to suggest that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this menacing high-energy track is enough to wake the dead. Packed with thumping drums, urgent bass and a late 90s punk rock guitar sound ‘Tellison’ aren’t following the crowd. They have great timing in their music and an astute use of pause as can be heard at 1min 58.
Hailing from London and formed in 2005 the indie-rockers have already released two albums, 2007’s ‘Contact! Contact!’ and 2011’s ‘The Wages Of Fear”. The band clearly have a sense of humour and have admitted to forming out of a shared love of unsuccessful indie bands of the late 90s and early 2000s.
Their back catalogue is littered with references from an eclectic crew; Shakespeare, Bill Murray, Tarantino and Wes Anderson – that could be an intense ‘Come Dine With Me’ special indeed.
‘Tact Is Dead’ has some interesting lyrical references of it’s own; ‘my generation doesn’t mean that much to me’ is the opposite to what ‘The Who’ were spinning in their 1965 classic. This track also encapsulates some of the frustrations of growing up and becoming an adult in modern London; ‘earning minimum wage’, ‘fights on the tube’ and ‘never earn more than my parents’ are all a two fingers up to the state of the nation.
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This track gets better with every listen. If you were an angst-filled teenager around the turn of the millennium then these fellas will shower you with nostalgia dust. Fans of Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World and Dinosaur Jr. will know what we are talking about.
Tellison have been signed to Alcopop Records and are due to release third album later this year.