Having been going for over a decade now, the London based five-piece Tellison have faced many struggles in their career. Fans of the band will be aware that for the time between their new LP ‘Hope Fading Nightly’ and their last full-length, the band have been pretty quiet. It turns out that the band went back to their everyday jobs, as their contract was up on their previous label. ‘Hope Fading Nightly’ is the band coming back to what they do best: writing noisy pop songs.
The record eases listeners in with ‘Letter To The Team (After Another Imperfect Season)’, a tender acoustic number which swells with gentle guitar works throughout. It even manages to squeeze in a Keanu Reeves quote from The Replacements movie. By all accounts that must tick the box for a superb album opener.
As the following track ‘Helix And Ferman’ screams into life with jagged guitar and all round joyous vibes, it’s clear that the band have not lost the musical spark during their absence. Lead single ‘Boy’ follows in similar fashion, with the abundance of hooks and melodies littering the whole song.
The band seem to be in a middle ground between the wave of indie bands that hit the UK in the early to mid-00’s such as Franz Ferdinand along with strong American influences like Nirvana and The Pixies. What they take from these influences is evident in the music, and on paper sounds like pretty much every other band in existence today, but the twist that Tellison spin on top of this just refreshes the well-used influence list. The lyrics are part of this unique spin that the five-some have, something that makes the album enjoyable. Whether it’s the arrogant youth in ‘Boy’, or the misconceptions of real life after graduating, the lyrics are stark and distinctive to the band.
‘Hope Fading Nightly’ is a superb record which will definitely attract more and more fans who may not initially knew of Tellison before now, as it has a large amount of the qualities that sometimes get lost with the bigger bands of the genre.
Written by Ewan MacDonald