The Telescopes, The Cult of Lip, Dinowalrus
One of the more interesting bands to be on Creation Records, influencing Brian Jonestown Massacre, the whole Shoegaze, Spacerock and Psych movements among many others.
The Telescopes are the creative vision of Stephen Lawrie with a revolving line up. Formed in 1987, they released their first record in 1988, a split flexi-disc with Loop. A string of releases followed for Cheree Records, What Goes On Records and Creation Records, each one hitting the higher reaches of the UK independent charts, some of them making it into the UK mainstream charts.
Following the release of their second album in 1992, Lawrie put the group on hold, returning in 2002 with a renewed vigour.
The Wire magazine described them as having: “a very real & crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop’. The NME again found them: ‘In another universe altogether, incredible’. Arch Drude, Julian Cope championed two of their releases on his Head Heritage site, referring to their, ’suspended-in-space magnificence’. The late great John Peel, who they recorded two sessions for, heralded their return championing their Third Wave album exclaiming “The Telescopes have resurfaced and I am amazed and glad they are still practicing their mysterious art”.
In 2011 Portishead invited them to play at the first ever ATP festival at Alexandre Palace in London. The following year The Black Angels / Reverberation Appreciation Society invited them to Austin Psych Fest.
2013-14 saw their 7th release, HARM, on Seattle based label Neon Sigh. Recorded entirely in one take, with members of LSD & The Search For God and BJM at Bedrock Studios, Los Angeles. Drowned In Sound called it "a visceral exercise in harshly constructed noise."
In 2015 The Telescopes signed with Hamburg’s Tapete Records and released two critically acclaimed albums for the label:
Hidden Fields; an unexpected return from the group's recent expeditions into the outer reaches of free-drone noise. The psychiatric sounds of The Telescopes in a concise inner sensory rush. Their most song based output for some time.
As Light Return; maintains the balance of it’s predecessor, setting a parallel course between song based noise structures and freeform impressionism, while containing some of The Telescopes most crucial listening so far.
Following pulverising performances at both Manchester and Liverpool Psych festivals in 2017 where they picked up a stream of glowing reviews, The Telescopes followed up As Light Return just months later with Stone Tape on the Yard Press label, their tenth album to date.
Keep a listening ear.
DINOWALRUS is a psychedelic synth-rock band from Brooklyn, NY, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, veteran drummer Max Tucker, bassist/vocalist Meaghan Omega, and synth player Dan Peskin.
Pete started DINOWALRUS in 2008, and they quickly grabbed attention with a long run of local and regional shows with the likes of Javelin, Surfer Blood, Health, Real Estate, Screaming Females, A Place to Bury Strangers, Crystal Stilts, and Titus Andronicus.
In January 2010, DINOWALRUS put out their shape-shifting, eclectic, and erudite noise-psychedelic-punk debut % (PERCENT) on Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, Chairlift, Grizzly Bear). In the year that followed, the band toured the East Coast and California with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Fang Island, Aa, Signals (ex-mae shi), and Tempo no Tempo.
Later on in 2010, Pete revamped the lineup and songwriting approach. DINOWALRUS began reinventing themselves with a more pop-oriented songwriting approach that drew heavily on the 1980s Madchester sound plus other groovin' minimal synth, new wave, dark wave, and post punk angles, while retaining their psychedelic and krautrock backbone.
In March 2012, they released their sophomore album BEST BEHAVIOR on Old Flame (US) and Heist or Hit (UK), followed by their third album COMPLEXION, released in 2014 on Personal Projects, which was mixed by Jorge Elbrecht of Ariel Pink and Violens