A dynamic core trio of Electric Guitar, Upright Slap Bass and Drums. Influenced by Surf Rock and Rockabilly while also drawing heavily from blues, country and swing to create their sound. The core members of the The TeleDynes Will Cooley, Eric Lepene and Mike Volatile have been playing their respective instruments and honing their craft for 15 plus years. Formed in 2015 in Rhode Island, The TeleDynes exploded on the local New England music scene and continue to grow their audience year by year. You can feel the excitement on stage and the infectious energy they project at every performance. Putting a new spin on classic tunes such as instrumental versions of “Paperback Writer” and “Be My Baby”, in their live performances, they are also focused on writing original songs in this classic style of music and are always adding new material to keep the shows fresh and entertaining for audience. The TeleDynes have released their first all original album in May 2018. Comprised of vocal and instrumental tracks and backed by a rockin' horn section that kick up these high energy tunes.
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July 5, 2019
THE TELEDYNES RELEASE LP
Searing guitar swing and full-throttle surf beats are plentiful in the self-titled debut record from The Teledynes, and if you’re a rockabilly fan who has been waiting for something sweet to be released in 2019, then this just might be the record that you’ve been looking for. The Teledynes get cooking with the juggernaut “Crazy Train” and literally doesn’t slow down through the next 29 minutes of furious rhythm and rhyme. Some of the songs here, such as “‘47 Cadillac” and “Callin’ on the Devil,” feel like refurbished versions of classic American rock n’ roll numbers, but others, like the experimental “Cohaagen” and “Midnight Ramblin’ Blues,” lean more to the left of conventional pop than most tracks of their type normally would.
The first half of the record has a loose feel to it than the second, which feels urgent, even aggressive in a few key spots – namely “Shot of Whiskey” and the excellent “Rockabilly Bug.” All of the material present has a similar structure, but there aren’t any instances where it feels like the band is playing the same song in a slightly different key. Some critics have said that it’s hard to make fresh rockabilly in 2019, as the genre has given birth to so many different offshoots that, in its purest form, it lacks the palatability to satisfy modern fans. In response to this, The Teledynes make a firm case against the very foundation of the argument in “September,” “Way Out West” and “Callin’ on the Devil,” and for this being their first EP, that’s something worth bragging about.
The Teledynes are a sexy listen for rockers looking to take a step back in time this summer. This band has a catchy, retro-inspired sound that I would like to see them experiment with in their next release, but if you’re a hardcore rockabilly fan interested in the more exciting bands making noise in the underground right now, then theirs is a debut that you need to seek out this July. It’s a one of a kind collection of songs that are as familiar in tone as they are inventive in style.
THE TELEDYNES DROP SELF-TITLED LP
JUNE 28, 2019
BY RANDY RADIC
Rhode Island’s rockabilly outfit The TeleDynes recently dropped their self-titled debut album, featuring 10-tracks of galvanizing music.
Formed in 2015, the band is made up of Will Cooley (vocals, guitar), Eric Lepene (drums), and Mike Volatile (bass). Their sound amalgamates elements of surf rock, blues, country, swing and, of course, beau coup rockabilly.
The first track on the album is called “Crazy Train,” opening on sizzling surf-flavored guitars rolling into a driving rhythm from the slapping bass line and crisp rat-a-tat snare. Bright horns fill the tune with vibrant big band flavors, as Cooley’s rasping tones deliver the lyrics. The track is reminiscent of The Ventures covering Benny Goodman.
Speaking subjectively, the best tracks include “Callin’ On The Devil,” riding a rollicking rockabilly melody full of rousing jazz aromas. A hefty bass line pumps out the thick rhythm, as braying brass textures fill the air with vivid accents. “Midnight Ramblin’ Blues” rolls out oozing gooey textures topping the rockabilly matrix. The radiant horns contrast deliciously with the throbbing rhythm, infusing the tune with potent ‘40s dynamics.
“The radiant horns contrast deliciously with the throbbing rhythm, infusing the tune with potent ‘40s dynamics.”
“Cohaagen” blends stuttering surf guitars flavored with grand tangy jazz savors, once again reminiscent of The Ventures, only pervaded by pungent jazz relish. “Way Out West” features a galloping country-flavored melody fused with rockabilly gusto. Shimmering guitars drawl with effervescent colors, as the compelling rhythm pushes the song forward.
“Shot Of Whiskey” opens on twangy guitars rife with Mississippi blues piquancy and features a stellar wailing guitar solo full of scorching hot licks and incandescent hues. Whining accents from a guitar imbue the tune with sticky inflections.
“September” merges surf rock and Latin flavors into a rumbling melody replete with viscous horns and tasty guitar licks. The buoyant feel of the harmonics provides bubbly exhilaration. “’47 Cadillac” surges with cool flavors straight out of Memphis. A lip-smacking sax solo saturates the tune with stylish zest.
The TeleDynes lay down infectious high-octane rockabilly energized by toe-tapping rhythms and lustrous precise guitar licks.