Damn, this band brings me back to 2003. I feel like Telecomo’s release For Sale could have been a part of the soundtrack for The OC if it was released when the show was still at its peak. Seriously, Seth Cohen would be blasting this record. There is definitely an early-Subways or a Rooney vibe floating in here and I dig it.
The opening track “Long Gone” sets the mood right away. The three-piece brings a simplistic fullness to the material. Adam Saikaley’s guitar, Gary Franks’ bass, and the pounding that are Pat Johnson’s drums just fit so well together. I like that Franks’ bass lines are more intricate than just the typical root notes, and the high treble from Saikaley’s guitar contrasts the low ends well. The solo for the song “Bike” highlights their interplay well, especially when the solo falls apart into a mess of noise, but the bass remains strong before everything transitions into “No Answer.” It is a highlight in the album’s instrumentation.
The almost monotone vocals with a minimal range give more focus to the instrumentation, but instead of hindering anything, it makes it better. Saikaley’s voice blends into the distortion and bass grooves. The track “Lipstick” is a prime example of that. Look, Adam Saikaley is definitely not Billy Lunn or Joe Strummer; his voice is not necessarily memorable or impressive, but his hooks, off-tune melodies, and rasp fall over top of the tracks with a sense of cohesion that works in establishing that same unity in the record’s ten tracks.
Even still, while this cohesion adds so much in creating an identity for the band, there is a lack of diversity in the tracks as well. See, there are two sides to every schwartz, and this is the downside: repetition. It makes songs like “For Sale” or “I Met You” completely forgotten in the noise. I had to listen to For Sale a few times and really look at the track names while I did before I could start to differentiate between each one, and even still, when I was writing this review up, I was unsure and had to check.
This makes it hard for me to pick a stand out track as the best, which leaves me to pick the opener. The catchy beat, lyrics, and the fact that it is great at opening the album make it different enough that it is my favourite.
Telecomo are a band to watch out for, especially if they stay in this wheelhouse of sound, hone it, and evolve it into something better. They very well could be the turning point to push this genre back into the mainstream.
Written by Danielle Kenedy
*edited by Kate Erickson