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CD Review: The Teledynes S/T

Rockabilly is not one of those music genres you run into all the time. Aside from acts like Brian Setzer and/or the band he has been a part of for years, Stray Cats, you rarely run into Rockabilly. So when you find someone creating new music from the genre, it truly stands out in the music industry where Pop-Rock is mainly the norm. One band that has added to the Rockabilly genre with their music is the band The Teledynes.

The Teledynes is a three-piece ensemble much like the aforementioned Stray Cats who are creating their own Rockabilly music. The trio features the talents of Will Cooley, Eric Lepene and Mike Volatile, three men who have been performing for well over fifteen years. The difference between the two bands is that The Teledynes seem to draw from both the Stray Cats as well as the Brian Setzer Orchestra as the band combines elements of Rockabilly, Big Band and several similar styles together in order to create the music on the band’s new self-titled release.

“Crazy Train” is the first track of the self-titled release from The Teledynes. While the title of the track brings to mind the song from one Ozzy Osbourne, this is a much different song. The track begins with a musical passage that brings to mind the Jump Blues feel of the Brian Setzer Orchestra before the combination of the Rockabilly feel and the inclusion of the horns on the track come together. The bouncy feel to the music as well as the driving pace create a song that would easily have been right at home during the Big Band Revival during the nineties and early 2000s.

While the first track off of the self-titled release from The Teledynes brings to mind the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the second track takes the band’s music in a slightly different direction. The track “Callin’ On the Devil” calls up comparisons to a different band that had some success of their own during the nineties. “Callin’ On the Devil” is a track that draws upon the influences of Gangster Bop band Royal Crown Revue, a band who became known after its song “Hey Pachuco” was used in the movie The Mask with Jim Carey. The style and influence of Royal Crown Revue is very evident in several ways on the track, starting with the style of the music and the title of the track. Using some of the influence from Royal Crown Revue, the “Callin’ On the Devil” contains a fun feel to the music while still containing a bit of evilness to the lyrical content of the track.

Big band, Rockabilly and Gangster Bop are only three influences that help shape the music of The Teledynes. With the track called “Cohaagen,” the band calls upon the influence of Stratocaster king Dick Dale. The instrumental track contains a very similar style to the recently deceased musician who became known for songs including “Miserlou”. The Stratocaster-led track “Cohaagen” contains the same Surf Rock style that was around in the sixties. The Teledynes do a very good job of reviving the style while keeping the music fresh. For those who enjoy Surf Rock, this track is definitely for you.

Perhaps the most unique track on the self-titled release from The Teledynes is the song entitled “Way Out West”. Continuing to add more layers to their sound, the band combines the aforementioned influence of Brian Setzer and Stray Cats with a generous amount of Western influence. The result is a track that starts with a strong Rockabilly feel and the addition of the Western/Country flavor gives the track a different feel than any of the tracks that came before it. “Way Out West” with the twang in the guitar stands out as unusual when compared to the tracks that came before on the release. But that unusual delivery simply helps to keep the album moving along and staying fresh.

The self-titled release from The Teledynes continues with the track “47 Cadillac”. While the track easily contains a strong Stray Cats influence as that is the main influence that comes through, the track also brings to mind the sound and style of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Of course, that should be rather evident with the title of the track bringing to mind that band’s classic track “Hot Rod Lincoln”. The track from The Teledynes contains the same loose, fun feel as the music of the older band.  

For the next track called “Shot of Whiskey,” The Teledynes create a track with a solid Rockabilly flavor to it. The fun, bouncy beat contained with this track allows the band to create a track that sounds very familiar. But unlike other tracks on this album that feel influenced by the Stray Cats, “Shot of Whiskey” simply draws upon the overall genre of Rockabilly and not a specific influence.

Like the song “Cohaagen” from earlier in the release, the track entitled “September” features the band creating a strictly instrumental track. But instead of the influence from the likes of Dick Dale, “September” feels more like something from the instrumental duo of Santo & Johnny  who were known for songs such as “Sleep Walk”. In fact, the track will undoubtedly take the listener back to the early fifties as the song contains that sort of feel to the music.

As the listener makes their way through the self-titled release from The Teledynes, they encounter many different styles of music that help add shape to the band’s sound. The inclusion of styles like Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Instrumental Rock and other sounds create an ever-changing patchwork of sound. The release never stays in one spot, musically, for more than one song before it changes directions. The three members of the band have a lot of talent and the various styles of music contained within the release make it truly evident.

 

For a taste of the music from The Teledynes, check out the song “Crazy Train”. 

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CD Review: The Sandboys “Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks”

If you take the sound of the ukulele and add it to the sound of the cello, you’d end up with a style that could be called cellele music. And in reality, that is just what the music of British duo The Sandboys (a pairing consisting of Mark Miller and Ben Harrison) calls their sound- cellele music. The combination of the two instruments created a style that could be interpreted as being influenced by Topical Island sounds, or as having a very retro quality to it. Add in instruments used for making more Pop-Rock-like music and you have a rather unique blend. That unique sound can be found on the new 6-song EP entitled Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks.

Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks from The Sandboys begins with the album’s first track. “Wish for the Best” begins with a simple trumpet and ukulele as the band creates a track that feels rather retro in nature. And while it is very retro, the simplistic feel of the first part of the track allows for the base instruments to shine through. With the inclusion of the cello, piano and light percussion a bit later, the fuller sound of the music still has a throwback approach but now feels as fresh as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

The release continues with the track “Drive You On”. While “Wish for the Best” could have been a track from the era of Vaudeville, “Drive You On” also contains a rather retro feel to it. But in this case, the resulting track would easily fit into the Skiffle category (a rather old style made famous by the likes of British musician Lonnie Donegan and others like him) as the song incorporates Jazz, Blues and a little Folk music influence. The fast-paced, bouncy feel on “Drive You On” makes for a track that would be perfect for fans of the Americana genre. Ultimately, the track would be perfect for fans of a band such as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. 

Going in a much different direction from the previous two tracks, the song “Count Me In” finds the duo creating track that features a strong Two-Tone feel. The Ska-influenced track takes the listener back a few decades when the British Two-Tone style was big over in Great Britain. The resulting track of “Count Me In” actually brings to mind the sound and feel of an earlier song from that era in the sixties; a song that had become a standard of sorts within the Ska genre during that time , “Rudy (A Message To You)”. This Ska track of “Count Me In” lives up to the style of Two-Tone and is just the thing for fans of the style.

For the track “Like I Used to Be,” The Sandboys create a track that contains probably the most current sound on the release. The track features a sound that could either be described as Indie Rock or Folk Rock. The gentle pace to the track adds to the Folk influence. The strong harmony to the vocals on the track brings to mind songs from the late fifties, early sixties as they are reminiscent of vocal groups from the era. Together, the vocal delivery and the Indie Rock feel to the music create a track that has plenty of depth to it. While The Sandboys hail from Of all the tracks on the newest EP from The Sandboys, “Like I Used to Be” would probably the most welcome on commercial radio formats. 

The track “Path Of Least Resistance” continues the band’s unique blending of styles. The track begins with a style features a strong Pop feel. The track’s music begins with a gentle feel to the electric guitar while an accordion is added to give the track a bit of exotic flavor. The Pop feel mixed with the accordion creates a style that is reminiscent of Dean Martin’s music. The gentle feel of the song continues for half the track before finally picking up a little energy. The song and its musical blend ends up being one of the more unusual moments on the Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys.

The Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys comes to an end with the track “More Than Enough”. The track begins simply enough with just vocals the ukulele. As it goes along, the track builds and builds until the song contains ukulele, cello, finger snaps and organ. The musical combination creates a track that contains a bouncy feel to the beat, just like with “Drive You On” earlier in the EP. That bouncy feel along with the rest of the elements creates one of the more memorable moments on the EP and brings the release to a close on a strong note.

For only six tracks, Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks from The Sandboys contains a lot of different elements all working together to make an EP that draws from many different genres and eras of music. Blended together, those various elements make for a release that seems to have something for almost everyone.  

The Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys is still rather new. Because of that, the only YouTube video featuring new music from this release is “Wish For the Best“. However, this is a “ukulele only” version. You can find the entire EP on the band’s Soundcloud profile. 

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