The Telescopes

THE TELESCOPES, NEON SIGH

BEYOND THE REALM OF NATURAL VISION…

HARM

AVAILABLE NOW.

“he reaches the unknown; and even if, crazed, he cannot speak his visions, at least he has seen them.”

for those who reach beyond the sun.

HARM is the 7th album from The Telescopes. Developed live, between 3 separate line ups, over a course of 12 months. The whole album was recorded entirely in one take, without any overdubs. All instruments tuned to 444 Hz. With original artwork and design from Bridget Hayden.

Recorded at Bedrock studios in LA courtesy of Part Time Punks radio. The album is also scheduled to be broadcast as a session for the show. www.kxlu.com/site29.aspx (88.9FM LA)

On these recordings The Telescopes are..
Stephen Lawrie. Microphone.
Andy Liszt*. Bass frequencies.
Ricky Maymi**.Guitar/ pedals.
Jeff Lee*. Guitar/ pedals.
Chris Fifield*. Guitar/ pedals.
Sonya Trejo*. Drums/ percussion.

* LSD And The Search For God
** Brian Jonestown Massacre/ The Imajinary Friends

THE TELESCOPES Beyond the realm of natural vision.

“Every sound you ever heard was but a preliminary exercise in hearing, for the all embracing maelstrom of The Telescopes” (Melody Maker 1989)

Founded in 1987 by Stephen Lawrie. The Telescopes have been mining a unique anti-myopian seam of highly influential experimental, drone, noise, dream & psych for over 20 years.

Their first record was a split flex-disc with Loop on the Cheree label. After a further two critically acclaimed singles for the label, they moved to What Goes On, where they released another two EPs and their debut album Taste. All of which found their way to the top of the UK independent charts.

One of the more interesting bands that were signed to Creation Records. Their final EP for the label registered in the UK mainstream top 80. The group were also favoured by John Peel and recorded two BBC Radio 1 sessions for him. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis described them as having “an almost fragile sense of elegance and melody”. Re-issues and compilations of their earlier material have been welcomed by new ears everywhere courtesy of Joe Foster/ Cherry Red’s Rev-Ola label in the UK and through the legendary Bomp! label in the United States. Prompting the NME to declare ‘The genius of The Telescopes”.

After a 6 year hiatus in 1994, following their 2nd album, the group resumed output in the year 2000 with a revolving line up. A stream of releases followed on labels such as Double Agent (USA), Trensmat (Ireland), Antenna (England), Mind Expansion (USA), Textile (France) and Hungry Audio (England). Most physical copies selling out before they were even released. The Wire magazine described them as having “a very real & crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop’ and the NME found them ‘In another universe altogether, incredible’.

In 2011 they were invited by Portishead 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 2012.

The group are currently undertaking what is increasingly becoming a world tour, covering Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, the UK and the USA. Another album of new material, recorded in Berlin at The Brian Jonestown Massacre studio and in Leeds with Spectrum co-founder Richard Formby, is due for release in the near future. A split record with Deadly Cradle Death from China is also underway.

MORE ABOUT THE TELESCOPES..
thetelescopes.bandcamp.com
The Telescopes (Official) Facebook
twitter.com/kickthewall
Wikipedia
A Giant Leap Promotion
MORE ON 444 Hz..

Neon Sigh would like to thank PART TIME PUNKS for all of their generous contributions to making these recordings possible. Do not miss the excellent shows they host at The Echo + Echoplex every Sunday in LA.

As we no doubt have mentioned before, folks into the current crop of psych/space rock, who dig folks like White Hills, Carlton Melton, Wooden Shjips, etc., who somehow haven’t heard the Telescopes, well, shit, it’s never too late, and odds are you’ll have another new favorite band, and loads of records to track down. – aQuarius recOrds

THE TELESCOPES - HARM (2013 NEON SIGH)

HARM

LP, Neon Sigh

released 10-1-2013

NEON SIGH: THE TELESCOPES, WE SEE MAGIC AND WE ARE NEUTRAL, UNNECESSARY

We See Magic and We Are Neutral, Unnecessary

flexi-7″, Dream Machine

released 2012

NEON SIGH: THE TELESCOPES, BLACK EYED DOG

Black Eyed Dog

7″, Trensmat

released 2012

NEON SIGH: THE TELESCOPES, TASTE REISSUE

Taste

LP [reissue], Bomp

released 19 July 2011

NEON SIGH: THE TELESCOPES, LANDING SHADOWS

Landing Shadows

7″ lathe, Champion Version

released 2011

upcoming shows:

3 Sept 2016 – Cogs Bar, Birmingham UK
22 Sept 2016 – The Brewhouse, London UK

The Telescopes / Bad Vibrations 2015 01 24

past shows:
27 Aug 2016 – “Through Being Cool”: The Lock, London UK
9 Jul 2016 – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
2 Jul 2016 – New Cross Inn, London UK
18 Jun 2016 – The Bumper [back room], Liverpool [cancelled]
28 May 2016 – Gigantic. Manchester Academy.
20 May 2016 – Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton.
15 May 2016 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin.
14 May 2016 – Crane Lane, Cork.
13 May 2016 – The Thirsty Scholar, Waterford.
12 May 2016 – Brewery Corner, Kilkenny.
3 Apr 2016 – Part Time Punks at The Echo, Los Angeles
2 Apr 2016 – 4th St Vine, Long Beach CA
1 Apr 2016 – Milk Bar, SF CA
31 Mar 2016 – Starline, Oakland CA
* * *
Hidden Fields. November 2015:
01st. Ancona. Reasonanz. (IT)
02nd. Trieste. Tetris. (IT)
03rd. Milano. Sagrestia. (IT)
04th. Innsbrück. PMK. (AT)
05th. Vienna. Fluc. (AT)
06th. Ostrava. Plan B. (CZ)
07th. Berlin. Bassy. (DE)
13th. London. Fuzz Club. (UK)
15th. Krefeld. Jazz Keller. (DE)
16th. Hamburg. Hafenklag. (DE)
17th. Aalborg. Platform 4. (DK)
18th. Odense. M in Svendborg. (DK)
19th. Copenhagen. Psych Fest. (DK)
20th. Malmö. Plam B. (SE)
21st. Gävle. Kollektivet. (SE)
27th. Liege. Live club. (BE)
28th. Geel. Yellowstock Fest. (BE)
29th. Amsterdam. Sugar Fact. (NL)
* * *
9-12 Oct 2015 – Rockaway Beach, Bognor Regis
10 Jul 2015 – Det Gyldne Liv, Råværket, Kolding, DK
4 Jul 2015 – Festival La Ferme Electrique, Tournan-En-Brie, FR
6 Jun 2015 – Eindhoven Psych Lab
24 May 2015 – Flufferfest, Shacklewell Arms, London UK
30 Apr 2015 – Café 1001, London UK
18 Apr 2015 – Pasáž, Tel Aviv
8 Apr 2015 – 100 Club, London UK
7 Feb 2015 – Broadcast, Glasgow
24 Jan 2015 – Bad Vibrations All-Dayer: Shacklewell Arms, London UK
12 Dec 2014 – Unit-4, London
30 Nov 2014 – Sebright Arms, London
29 Nov 2014 – The Flapper, Kingston Row Birmingham
26 Nov 2014 – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
22 Nov 2014 – The Windmill, Brixton London
16 Nov 2014 – Pine Lodge, Myrtleville IE
15 Nov 2014 – The Crane Lane Theatre, Cork IE
14 Nov 2014 – Dolans, Limerick IE
13 Nov 2014 – The Workmans Club, Dublin IE
8 Nov 2014 – Audioscope Festival, Oxford
6 Nov 2014 – Old Truman Brewery, London
4 Nov 2014 – Renaissance Psyche, Toulouse FR
1 Nov 2014 – Magasin 4, Bruxelles BE
31 Oct 2014 – L’Entrepôt À Arlon, BE
17 Oct 2014 – Indra Musikclub, Hamburg
15 Oct 2014 – Le Buzz, Paris FR
3-4 Oct 2014 – Desert Stars Festival, Pioneertown, CA
2 Oct 2014 – Brick and Mortar, SF CA
1 Oct 2014 – Leo’s Music Club, Oakland CA
26 Sept 2014 – Hifi Hair, Minneapolis MN
22-24 Aug 2014 – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirlingshire UK
5 July 2014 – Gland Festival, Southsea
21 Jun 2014 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
20 Jun 2014 – Nice’N'Sleazy, Glasgow
30 May-1 Jun 2014 – Outta Mind, Shacklewell Arms, London UK
15 Mar 2014 – tba, Manchester (UK)
8 Mar 2014 – Psychedelia South / Lennons, Southampton (UK)
23 Feb 2014 – Milk It! / The Lexington, London (UK)
31 Jan 2014 – Sonic, Lyon (FR)
30 Jan 2014 – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris (FR)
29 Jan 2014 – L’Escalier, Liège (BE)
featuring Flavor Crystals Guitarchestra
23 Nov 2013 – Kitty Cat Club, Minneapolis MN
with LSD AND THE SEARCH FOR GOD:
10 Nov 2013 – The Complex, Glendale CA
8 Nov 2013 – The Smell, LA CA
7 Nov 2013 – 1015 Folsom, SF CA
featuring ST DELUXE:
25 Oct 2013 – King Tuts, Glasgow (UK)
featuring members of ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL,
THE KOOLAID ELECTRIC COMPANY and
THE DREAM MACHINE ALLSTARS:
19 Oct 2013 – Palladium. Riga (LV)
18 Oct 2013 – tba. Tallinn (EST)
17 Oct 2013 – Da Da. St. Petersburg (RU)
16 Oct 2013 – 16 Tons. Moscow (RU)
15 Oct 2013 – Undergourd Music Hall. Kiev (UCR)
featuring ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL:
5 Oct 2013 – Bad Vibrations – Shacklewell Arms, London (UK)
28 Sept 2013 – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton (UK)
27 Sept 2013 – The Fish Factory, Falmouth (UK)
26 Sept 2013 – Exchange, Bristol (UK)
25 Sept 2013 – The Ferret, Preston (UK)
24 Sept 2013 – The Duchess, York (UK)
23 Sept 2013 – Surya, London (UK)
22 Sept 2013 – Ecuyes, Caen (FR)
21 Sept 2013 – Levitation Psych Fest, Nantes (FR)
20 Sept 2013 – Txiki – San Sebastian (ES)
19 Sept 2013 – Siroco, Madrid (ES)
18 Sept 2013 – BeGood, Barcelona (ES)
15 Sept 2013 – Elmo Delmo, Zurich (CH)
14 Sept 2013 – De Peper, Amsterdam (NL)
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08 Sept 2013 – Tendenze Festival. Piacenza (IT)
07 Sept 2013 – Villanova, Taranto (IT)
06 Sept 2013 – Birreria 34. Taurianova (IT)
05 Sept 2013 – Godot Art Bistrot, Avellino (IT)
04 Sept 2013 – Cosmic Country House, Terni (IT)
23 Aug 2013 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (UK)
17 Aug 2013 – Railway, Southend (UK)
9 Jul 2013 – Magic Stick, Detroit
8 July 2013 – VFW, Kalamazoo MI
7 July 2013 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA
6 July 2013 – BATHYSPHERE – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
5 July 2013 – Subterranean, Chicago IL
30 June 2013 – Switch Fringe, Ipswich
22 June 2013 – Biff Bang Pow, Leicester
19 June 2013 – Rhythm Factory, London
15 Apr 2013 – Comet Tavern, Seattle WA

further discography:

Live. Aftertaste (Static Charge, 2011)
Taste [reissue] (Bomp, 2011)
Singles No. 2 (Mind Expansion, 2009)
Singles Compilation 1989-1991 (Mind Expansion, 2008)
Infinite Suns (Textile Records, 2008)
Another Whip (Trensmat, 2007)
Psychic Viewfinder (Trensmat, 2007)
Hungry Audio Tapes (Hungry Audio, 2006)
Auditory Illusions (Double Agent, 2006)
Night Terrors (Trensmat, 2006)
Taste [CD reissue] (Rev-Ola, 2006)
#4 (Antenna Records, 2005)
Live At Audioscope (Fourier Transform, 2005) (split 10″ w/VCO)
The Winter EP (Hungry Audio, 2004)
The Telescopes (#Untitled Second) [reissue] (Rev-ola, 2004)
Premonitions 1989-1991 (Midsummer Madness, 2003)
As Approved by the Committee (Bomp, 2003)
Mooga Destroya (Norman Records, 2003) (split 7″ with Lo Casta)
Where the Sky Is Low (Mind Expansion, 2003) (split 7″ with Füxa)
Third Wave (Double Agent, 2002)
The Telescopes (#Untitled Second) (Creation, 1992)
Flying (Creation, 1991)
Celeste (Creation, 1991)
Everso (Creation, 1990)
Precious Little (Creation, 1990)
To Kill A Slow Girl Walking (What Goes On, 1990)
Trade Mark Of Quality (Fierce, 1990) (unofficial)
The Perfect Needle (What Goes On, 1989)
7th# Disaster (Cheree, 1989)
Kick the Wall (Cheree, 1989)
Taste (What Goes On/Cheree, 1989)
Forever Close Your Eyes (Cheree, 1988) (split 7″ flexi-disc with Loop)