It makes you feel good when you have no expectations from a band whatsoever and they completely wow you. That’s what’s going down in my office today.
TCT is a 4 piece band of dudes from Grenaa who recorded their EP here at Tapetown studios (operated by Captain Cassanova’s Rasmus Bredvig). That’s all I knew. I started to think – Grenaa eh?, but of course we know none of that shit matters when the needle drops.
…Telescope is one of those bands that has 2 guys that evidently sing and write – and while you can definitely tell who is who here – trading off song for song here, it’s not at any point confusing or frustrating.
The album opens up with title track “Born To Rule The UY Scuti” – a punchy rock song that really defies too much real zeroing on of genres, but we’ll go with Garage/glam/90s-rock. UY Scuti is (and I totally knew this before I googled it…) probably the largest star that we know about in the universe – it’s size is larger than say, Jupiter’s orbit around our sun. Wow. If they are aspiring to rule that, then they have their goals set pretty high, I applaud thee.
The second track “Everything Seems So Great” is definitely my favorite here – it’s got a surfy vibe and loads of energy – but also a really well put together tune that if produced differently, could totally be a song by The Church, New Order or Echo and the Bunnymen or something… it’s got an 80s vibe, minus the crying and mascara maybe. “State of the Art” continues at first with the pseudo-new wave/psych vibe and then takes some surprising twists in there remiscient of Barrett-era Floyd – packing a fuckload of punch into 3.5 minutes of song. I’d love to see this live.
“Here Come The Bachelors” is another great guitar driven pop/rock song and another example of putting all kinds of ideas into a single track but not over-packing it to annoyance. It’s very evident at this point that these guys can fucking write, and that’s at the core of the operation. “Each And Everyone” is yet again, a whole universe plugged into a garage rock mini-opera almost. It’s the only track on the collection that I feel like skipping – the ideas are there, but all the stops and starts become a little too much to bear – and it might have been a slightly amateur move to keep this one on the final track list, but what do I know? A quick “Barton Thinks” rounds out the album in under two minutes, a nice mood track, but possibly slightly under-baked compared to the heights that these star-gazers achieved earlier on in the running order.
The whole time though while listening to this little explosion of energy – I was thinking; man this is produced well. It sounds perfectly trashy and nasty enough to pack the heat, but well mixed and balanced enough to get the points across and actually rock a stereo or your headphones, so a lot of credit here is very much due to Bredvig for manning the controls.
This EP is a big and bold statement for a new band – I don’t see why anyone that likes rock whatsoever wouldn’t dig this. I think with a little more focus and a lot more songs and gigs under their belts, these guys could very well reach the stars, metaphorically of course.
Check out ‘Born To Rule The UY Scuti’ below:
I think with a little more focus and a lot more songs and gigs under their belts, these guys could very well reach the stars, metaphorically of course. Man this is produced well. It sounds perfectly trashy and nasty enough to pack the heat, but well mixed and balanced enough to get the points across and actually rock a stereo or your headphones, so a lot of credit here is very much due to Bredvig for manning the controls. (4.5/6)