May 16, 2015


New album, lazy journalists and their biggest fan.

London band Telegram burst onto the music scene in 2013 with the powerful single 'Follow' with the incredible B-side 'Under The Night Time'. Since then they've backed off, resistant to the hype burning out entirely. They've released a handful of amazing tracks online in the space of two years such as 'Regatta' and 'Rule Number One'. Now they're back in the public light, having just released 'Inside Outside' on Speedy Wunderground and 'Aeons' on their own label Gramgram in July.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jordan from Telegram on touring, Roxy Music, and weird confessions from fans.

So 2014 was a busy year for Telegram, touring across continents and supporting the likes of The Horrors and Palma Violets. What was that like and does the rest of 2015 plan to be the same, in regards of touring?
Last year was full of fantastic, surreal experiences. Travelling the world playing music and meeting weird and wonderful characters is what we live for. For the rest of this year we’ll mostly be concentrating on the other side of what we love about being in the band; recording in the studio.

Recently, you’ve moved to the label Speedy Wunderground for the recent single ‘Inside Outside’. Because of this move, is an album in the works?
Speedy Wunderground is a crazy concept label run by our producer and friend Dan Carey. One of the label’s factors being it’s speciality in one-off singles. So an album is in the works, but not due to our SW release. However, the idea of making the first LP for the label is an interesting one. Who knows?

Before you were Telegram, you were in a Roxy Music cleverly named ‘Proxy Music’? Would you still say Roxy Music are a great influence to your music?
We hold lots of different influences close to us in the band. While some of us love Roxy Music, others of us are rather sick of having that band forcibly shoved down our fucking throats.

"Telegram look so indie you could slap a photo of them next to the dictionary definition of the term." How accurate do you think this quote from the Guardian is?
Accurate in the sense that the press are preoccupied with how bands look over how they sound.

How do you think you feet in that vast current East London indie scene? Who are your fellow bands involved and what do you dislike about it?
The whole idea of the ‘local scene’, ‘fellow bands’ and so on is kind of lost on us. We’re just focused on what we’re doing with a sort of tunnel vision which excludes much of what’s going on around us. Of course we have friends who play in bands, but they’re our friends first and foremost through our mutual love of music and shared interests. As everyone else says, we don’t care for being branded by lazy journalists, but that’s always going to happen, so why worry?

What’s the weirdest thing a fan ever told you while on tour?
A Japanese fan once asked how my family’s new dog was doing, then explained she’d found out about said dog by looking through my family member’s Facebook page. Thorough research indeed.

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