Teleman – In Conversation

Interviews "we already knew we had a better album to make" We chat to Teleman ahead of their double appearance in Cambridge

Teleman’s forthcoming second album, ‘Brilliant Sanity’, is due for release on 8th April 2016 via Moshi Moshi. The follow-up to the band’s acclaimed debut, Breakfast, was written in their Homerton studio and recorded in South London with producer, Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Kate Tempest, Nick Mulvey).

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind ‘Brilliant Sanity’, the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy. Now a four-piece made up of singer and guitarist Tommy Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Pete Cattermoul on bass and Hiro Amamiya on drums, the process of touring has honed Teleman into a spectacular live act and brought about the decision to record the new record in a very live and spontaneous way.

Due to popular demand, Teleman are playing two shows this Saturday at The Portland, any remaining tickets here, in anticipation we caught up with the band to discuss the new record…

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The two times you’ve played Cambridge before have been great nights, sold out, good crowd reaction, do you ever look at tour and show bookings and keep an eye out for certain cities or venues to be listed?
Yes, there are certain cities and venues that always stay in your mind for different reasons; sometimes it’s cos the shows and audience are always really great in that city, or it could be that we always have a great night out there. We also associate different towns and cities with their curry houses.

What track/s are you most looking forward to playing from the new album?
Dusseldorf and fall in time are two of the new ones that we are particularly enjoying playing.

What track was the hardest to finish on ‘Brilliant Sanity’?
None of them was particularly hard to finish. We were so swept up in the fast working pace that we’d adopted that the momentum we’d achieved just carried each song along until it felt naturally complete.

How was your approach to the new album compared to your debut?
Very different. We tracked the album over a 2-3 week period which was very intense. It was played as live as possible and we really focused on capturing the energy of playing together rather than seeking some kind of perfection.

How diplomatic is your songwriting/song creation process?
We try to play a song as the writer intended it (depending on how complete their idea is) before we start trying to make changes and re-arrangements.

What inspired the album’s title?
Brilliant Sanity is a term used in Buddhist contemplative psychotherapy to describe the kernel of wisdom inside ourselves; basically the opposite of being confused.

Did the success of your debut make ‘Brilliant Sanity’ any trickier to create?
No, we already knew we had a better album to make. The small success of our debut just made album 2 easier as it opens up doors for you.

Did the sudden increase in popularity after your debut’s release change what being in a band feels like?
No. I think it will alway feel the same. The joys and the struggles will always be there no matter what happens and I’m sure you can’t have one without the other!

Is the difficult second album a reality or a myth?
Its a reality if you take yourself too seriously.

You worked with Dan Carey on the album, what did he bring to the party?
An amazing working atmosphere, tonnes of fun toys and a fantastic energy. Those are some key requirements!

The new album comes complete with some beautiful artwork, how import is visual image to the band?
It’s great to have something visually engaging to compliment the music.

What is coming up for Teleman after the tour?
We go to Europe straight after the UK leg, then we have a few nice festivals that we’re playing, then I guess we’ll be back in to writing mode!

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