Tell us about the history of the band?
Rich, Piotr and Albert (guitar, guitar and drums respectively) formed the Telepathy in 2010 using the time-honoured technique of harvesting band members from the ashes of previous bands to form a new one. They recruited Albert and Piotr’s older brother on bass and set about writing, recording and touring for the ensuing years. I joined on bass in the summer of 2015 and we began writing for our second album, ‘Tempest’, immediately. Since then we’ve toured a whole bunch, played loads of rad festivals, released ‘Tempest’ to excellent acclaim and we’re just about to hit the road at the end of April for another UK and European run.
How would you describe your music?
We get described by the press and fans as ‘post-metal’ at every opportunity which is fair enough but I think we’re a lot more than just that. Our music is mainly instrumental and obviously the post-metal blueprint permeates much of what we do but there are some huge nods to genres like black metal and doom which I think take more of a front seat in our overall sound.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Our individual range of influences is enormously broad; from grindcore to techno to 80’s pop. As far as the acts that influence Telepathy as a band go, I’d say Black Sabbath, Metallica, Mastodon, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge and Cult of Luna are some of the major ones that spring to mind instantly.
What record are you currently listening to?
I go through genre-binges so I just came out of a month long Swedish death metal and 90’s gangster rap obsession. I always return to 70’s hard rock/metal eventually though; it has always been my favourite era of my favourite genre and there’s so much to educate yourself with that it never ends. Recently I’ve been spinning ‘Damn the Torpedoes’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ‘First Step’ by Faces and ‘Is Satan Real?’ by Church of the Cosmic Skull.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Definitely ‘Smoke from Distant Fires’ or ‘Metanoia’ from our latest record, ‘Tempest’. Both of which are mid-paced ragers and both of which will crush you.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Desertfest?
I’m personally looking forward to Graveyard, The Obsessed, Napalm Death, Warning, Jex Thoth, High on Fire, Weedeater, Church of Misery and Sourvein but I’m sure there will be whole bunch more that I’ll see and love too. I’d recommend anyone reading to go see Old Man Lizard open The Underworld stage on the Friday!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I’d love for Telepathy to be part of a Mastodon, Gojira and Russian Circles package. I think most people who attended that show would definitely be able to see exactly where we’re coming from musically.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
The stories are as numerous as they are long and incriminating. One that does spring to mind happened quite recently though: We played at one of our favourite spots in Germany, saw plenty of old friends and partied most of the night. We had to leave for Switzerland at ass o’clock the next morning but when we woke up we discovered that our van had been blocked in by the club owner who’d left his car there from the night before so he could stagger home. We called and called but he didn’t answer so we decided that we’d move the car ourselves. So there we were- 5 grown men, scrambling for sticks and bricks from which to build a rudimentary jack so that we could shift the car about 4 feet. We had to find old bits of scrap metal to slide under the tyres so that it would slide along the gravel inch by inch as two of us jacked the car up and the remaining three had to push/pull the fucking thing out the way. It took us about an hour in total but we got there in the end.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Simply that it is what it is and only the strong survive. Everybody knows that things have changed; I don’t see any point in bitching about it like some bands do.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
If you’re starting a band for the first time then play everywhere and anywhere because you need the experience. Once you’ve got a year or two under your belt then you should start being a little more select with your shows and try to play shows in markets that are going to expand your audience base. There’s no point in playing your home town area over and over because you won’t grow. If you want to make a ‘career’ out of it then you’ll need to come to terms with the fact that it’s mostly trial and error and there’s no quick path to success. Strategy is important. You’re owed nothing so work hard. You’re outnumbered so work smart.
Are you thinking of doing another concept album like ‘Tempest’?
I think for us it’s certainly a possibility, after all the last two records were. Writing for the new record is still very much in its infancy so it won’t be until we’re a few songs in that we’ll work out what narrative, if any, we’ll apply to it.
What are your future plans?
UK tour with Dopelord starts April 30th which finishes at Desertfest London on Saturday 5th May. We then hit Europe for shows in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Poland, including a couple of shows with The Ocean and Rosetta, Dunk! Festival and Post Valley Festival. We also have Kiel Explode fest in June and ArcTanGent festival in August. After that we’ll be spending the rest of the year writing for album number 3 which we plan to record in early 2019. Interestingly enough Rich has just qualified as a midwife (congrats bro) so he’ll be bringing little lives into the world very soon too!