Festival Time!

We’ve been a bit lax regarding updates here but quite a lot has been happening of late. Our lovely drummer Dave Eley has moved on to pastures new (the bad news) but luckily the original Telsen drummer Richard Battye has returned to his sweaty drum stool (the good news).

And just in time too – we’ve been practicing hard to bring Richard up to speed with the newer songs before we play our biggest (and, sorry, favourite, gig this year) – “The Eyes Have It” Festival in Duffield, Derbyshire on Saturday 8th July.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – this is a fantastic friendly little festival, and we’re fortunate to have played there every year since it started in 2015. This year though, the ante has been upped and numbers are set to be considerably bigger than previous years, not least because of the bigger names that organiser Simon has lined up for each day. Friday’s headliners are none other than The Blockheads, on Sunday it’s the Climax Blues Band, and on Saturday we’ll be warming the stage for 80’s icon, Toyah! This is going to be a cracker.

If you’d like to come along, there may still be tickets available although we understand that the campsite may now be fully booked (but call to check). Telsen are onstage at 9pm.

Nick, Abi, Karl and David would like to take this opportunity to wish Dave Eley all the very best in his future musical projects. Thanks for the beats!

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A Big Year Ahead

We hope you haven’t mistaken the lack of activity on this site for our: abduction by aliens, signing by a major label, band split, death in a mudslide etc…

Truth be told, we’ve been busily enjoying ourselves. But also securing gigs, recording a demo, writing new material, nailing down our live set, and planning world domination one gig venue at a time.

The end of 2016 saw us travelling slightly further afield and one gig alone led to two more bookings for 2017. There’ll be more gig announcements (including festival news), photos, and finally some studio-recorded demos right here very soon so keep looking.

But for now, here’s a nice photo(by our good friend and official photographer Colin Dabbs) of our Nick in the recording studio…

Gone Walkabout

Our Halloween gig at the Walkabout was frightfully good fun. The sound was quite frightful too but we’re told it all sounded fine “out front” so that’s the main thing. The poor sound engineer struggled to overcome the problems with the room’s acoustics and horrendous noise coming from the main bar upstairs but Telsen and the other bands had great fun regardless. Thanks to everyone that came along. We’re now planning a recording session in the next few weeks and so we’re trying to decide exactly what to record. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s Nick and Karl in rehearsals this weekend…

Back In The Building

Forgive us, dear reader, for our apparent absence in recent months. After our appearance at The Eyes Have It festival in the summer, the Telsenites have been taking themselves off on much-needed holidays and succumbing to a few illnesses but we’re now back in rehearsals with a renewed sense of purpose.

Not least, we’re working on new material, arranging some recording sessions and even planning a video shoot. So keep watching for news of these as they happen.

In the meantime, we’ve been invited to play at a charity gig at the Walkabout bar on Brum’s Broad Street (and not at Cherry Reds as previously thought). The event is part of Operation Drawstring and raising money for the city’s homeless and Telsen will be onstage at 9pm as main support to Seventh Syndicate.

Click here for the event’s Facebook page.

Watch and Listen

Occasionally, the Telsenites pop out to “open mic” nights at local live music venues to hone their stagecraft whilst also grabbing the opportunity to perform in front of some new faces. Earlier this month, Telsen made one such expedition to the brilliant Feathers venue in Lichfield where we were met with a very warm welcome despite being the only act that evening playing original music. We had a great evening and managed to film 4 of the 5 songs we performed. You’ll find these on our “Music” page.

March Ahead

In the last couple of weeks, Telsen have played their first two gigs since losing Richard (drums) and Phil (keys) and recruiting Dave (drums). We’ve showcased a couple of brand new (and arguably still works-in-progress) songs – “Pull me out” and “Give me more” . Both seemed to go down really well and are real “stadium anthems”. In fact, we’ve had marvellous feedback from both gigs so we’re all set to take the band onward and upward in this coming year.

We headlined at the excellent Route 44 in Acocks Green, Birmingham again on 27th February with a hastily-elongated set (there was one less act on the bill than planned) and then again at a “thank you for the support” free-to-enter gig at Asylum 2 in Hockley (at Madhouse Studios) on 5th March organised by our very own singist Abi. Great acts on both bills made for cracking nights of live music.

We are mightily grateful to our good mate Colin Dabbs for coming along and photographing our first gig with the new line-up at Route 44. We’ll post some more images over the coming weeks but here’s a couple to start with…

Point a camera at Abi, even mid-gig and this happens... Image by Colin Dabbs

Point a camera at Abi, even mid-gig and this happens…
Image by Colin Dabbs