SAMPLES > Télégramme
Bar Academy, Birmingham - March
It’s March 7th 2008 and
Télégramme are due to start their set at the Bar Academy in Birmingham. Cry Wolf
managed to get a few moments with them after their sound check.
“We’ve never been interviewed
before.” They admit.
Good. We can get away with
“Do we have to pay?” Chris asks
Well…maybe just a round of drinks!
band is a local Indie act and consists of four members: Faye on vocals and bass,
Chris on guitar and keyboards, Izzi on guitar and Danny on drums. Chris is
actually a student at Wolverhampton University studying Film and Creative
Danny has, unfortunately, declined
to appear on the interview. The rest of the band says that he has left to go and
“New love.” Chris hints at.
The Bar Academy is not a huge
venue and the gig is sold out tonight so they are expecting a really good crowd.
We ask them if they are looking forward to the show, to which there is a
rambunctious response of “YEAHS!”
When asked where the band name
Télégramme comes from, they said:
“We just went through thousands
and thousands of names and finally we said ‘Télégramme’ (with the accents in the
e’s and everything)…”
They say they are influenced by
The Eraserheads, Portishead, and Garbage etc.
“All my friends had, like, Melinda
Messenger posters,” says Chris, “I had Shirley Manson.”
Chris also admits to getting into
Beirut, while Faye says she’s into Elliott Smith and Izzi is a big
fan of Nick Cave.
Télégramme mainly gig around the
Birmingham/Wolverhampton area but they’ve had gigs in places like Rugby,
Coventry, Essex, Preston and various other parts of the country. It’s perhaps
safe to assume, then, that the band is on the up rise.
Despite the variety of gigs they
have played in the past, the band has only really been around for just over 18
months. And in that short time they estimate they have played around 40 gigs.
Confident, Faye claims:
“It’s more than 40.”
That’s quite impressive for a band
that’s been going since December 2006.
They’ve even headlined at the
So although they haven’t been
going for too long they feel as though they are gaining a reputation. Especially
around local areas.
“People know the name Télégramme,”
says Faye, “well…occasionally.” She smiles.
“Chris and Danny were actually in
another band about four years ago.” says Izzi.
But with a lack of Myspace, they
say they found it difficult to promote themselves; turning up to gigs and having
a maximum of about seven people to play in front of.
“You can generate a big fan base
on Myspace.” says Izzi.
Faye says that she met the rest of
the band through the Internet as they were starting Télégramme.
“I was in loads and loads of
bands.” says Faye. “And then I met these guys.”
Chris says she was the first
person to audition and after that they began writing songs together.
The Internet seems to be an
integral part of the band’s success then.
“We played a gig in January,” Izzi
states, “and it was freezing cold. We were expecting about 30 people to turn
up…and 122 turned up to the door that night.”
We ask them who they would most
like to play on stage with.
“The Frames!” is the unanimous response.
They are currently looking for
record companies to sign them though in the meantime they are due to start
recording a demo in Warrington.
Check out their Myspace page at
telegramme for more
information and free MP3s.
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