Formed out of the ashes of English indie rock group Pete and the Pirates, Teleman dropped their debut record Breakfast back in June. To learn more about the album and band members themselves, we spoke with frontman Tom Saunders! Indulge in our interview below as we discuss recording saxophone, important meals, English history, and future plans.
AMBY: Hey Teleman, welcome to AMBY. What’s the band been up to lately?
Teleman: We’ve been enjoying hanging out in Paris, and coming back to London to revel in the lovely English summer time.
AMBY: Congrats on the release of your debut album Breakfast! What’s your favorite memory from the writing or recording process?
Teleman: I think it was when we recorded the saxophone on Lady Low. Its not very indie but it seemed to just be crying out for a sax…. we ended up putting two solos on top of each other. Moments of musical liberation!
AMBY: What influences can be found on the new album that might not be apparent to a listener?
Teleman: Well its quite an eclectic bunch of songs stylistically… there are moments of New Order, Talking Heads, Roxy Music perhaps… Franco Battiato… Maybe some early Blur. We weren’t really going for ‘a sound’ so we sure how it was going to turn out, we were just feeling around, enjoying being creative.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what inspired calling the record Breakfast?
Teleman: It’s a good strong name. It’s the first and most important meal of the day and is something that the English are good at making.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Teleman: Pete: unleashed, Jonny: ambitious, Hiro: mechanical, Tom: Hermi.
AMBY: If you could invite any three influences to breakfast, who would you choose?
Teleman: Paul Simon, Robert Wyatt, and Brian Ferry. We could make an album together. Three very different singing styles.
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
Teleman: I like English history…. I wouldn’t mind listening in on Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII having a chin wag as they walk through the garden discussing killing wives or something.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Teleman that nobody knows yet.
Teleman: We’re going to go and live together in a big house in the country and grow our own vegetables and never come back to London.
Thank you Teleman, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout