Interview With Telegraphs - 3rd March 2009
Photo Of TelegraphsWe did an email interview with Telegraphs to talk about how the band came together, their future tour plans and how their debut album is coming along.

Thanks’ for taking time out to do this interview
How did you get together and how did you come up with the band name?
I met Darcy when I working in a bar in Brighton. He used to come in to a friend’s club night that ran there monthly, and we got talking... he already knew Sam, our drummer. We met Darren through a friend and that was that. Aung is the newest edition to Telegraphs, I met him at a club night, too. I instantly knew he was right for us. Darcy came up with the name. He had a dream that he was a prisoner of war, and he found a telegraph machine under the floor boards of his cell. It was his only means of communication with the outside world, so he used it to send messages to his friends and family.

You have just signed to Small Town Records how did this come about?
Our good friends in ThisCity introduced us to Ben at the label, They put our some of their early singles through Small Town. They are a great label, run by people who really care about good music.
Small town Records has a great roster of bands, can we expect a mini Small Town Records band tour with you guys on it in the near future?
We’re talking about it... we’ll have to wait and see.

Kerrang have supported you from pretty much the start and you were recently featured in the magazine, how does it make you feel having such a big publication loving your music and helping raise your profile?
It’s amazing! Kerrang was my bible when I was a teenager, and I know that’s the same for most of us in the band! They have been so supportive, we are really thankful.

Your debut album ‘We Were Ghosts’ is due for release in May, how long did it take you to create the album and what can we expect from it once it is released?
Most of the album was actually written in the six months leading up to recording it. We decided that instead of recording the best of the songs that we had written over the two years that we had been together, we wanted to write new songs. I feel that the songs we wrote in those six months are the best on the album. The album took about six weeks to record and mix. We recorded half of it in rural Snowdonia, and the other half of the production was done in Brixton. It was quite a contrast! Working with Dave Eringa was really a dream come true. He completely understood what we wanted, even when we were lost with it. He has done a fantastic job on it.

Your new single ‘I Don’t Navigate By You’ is really impressive and is also due for release on the 2nd March what made you choose to release this song as a single over all the other tracks that you have recorded for your debut album?
I suppose we wanted to put out something dancy! We really like this track. It’s so much fun to play live. I guess we wanted to introduce people to my voice, too.

You have made a video for ‘I Don’t Navigate By You’ how long did it take to make the video and what’s the theme for the video?
The video was actually shot in a day! A very, very, very long day. The idea was thought up by Mike and Steve at Nothing To See Here... It’s tough to explain. It involves picture frames. You have to see it! We filmed it at double speed which was interesting... It was so much fun.

What do you have planned once your album is released?
We’re just going to be playing a lot of shows, and working on new songs. We have about 6 or 7 already. We want to get back into the studio and make second album by the end of the year if we can.

You seem to have a busy touring schedule ahead of you with a few headline shows and also some shows with The Dykeenies, are there any shows that you are looking forward to more than others?
The Dykeenies shows will be great! We’re excited about those. It’s been great to play in Scotland, too.

You played some shows with The Datsuns back in October how did these come about and how did you go down with the crowd?
I think we went down really well! It was so good to play with The Datsuns. They are a very special live band. I think a lot of bands got put forward for the shows and The Datsuns then chose who they wanted to tour with. They chose us because they liked our music…simple as that!

If you could play with any band / artist past or present, who would it be and why?
For me personally, it would be The Smashing Pumpkins maybe around ’93 or ‘94, with their original line up. I love the Pumpkins. I should imagine we would all agree that playing with Nirvana would have been pretty unbelievably special.

Do you prefer being on the road touring or in the studio recording?
They are so different! I love being out on the road. I love being in a different city every day. Recording is a creative, challenging experience... I guess as we don’t spend that much time in the studio in comparison to how much time we spend on the road, it’s hard to know.

What is the most memorable gig you have played so far and why?
We played in Brighton, our hometown, with The Datsuns last year. That was a great show. I’m always haunted by the memory of the time I stacked it on stage and took out our drummer in the process. That kind of thing stays with you.

What do you think of the current music scene?
I think that there is a lot of great music, and a lot of very poor music coming out. There is always great music around, you just have to look for it. I don’t think people really look for music so much anymore. I’m excited about a lot of new rock bands that are appearing – bands like Middle Class Rut, Dinosaur Pile Up... I’m hoping for some kind of grunge revival!

Where do you see yourselves in the next 5 years?
Well I should hope playing music! That’s the only place we can see ourselves. I don’t think any of us have the capacity to be happy doing anything else.

Okay, one final random question; if you had a choice, what animal would you be out of a Zebra and a Giraffe?
Giraffe! Giraffes are kind of ginger, right?

Thanks for your time, is there a message you would like to give to your fans reading this?
Just a big thank you to everyone for coming out to the shows, and buying our music! We will be out on the road a lot in the coming months, we hope to see you at the shows.

Interview By Trigger
 Band Members

Darcy Harrison (vocals, guitar)
Sam Bacon (drums)
Hattie Williams (bass, vocals)
Darren LeWarne (guitar)
Aung Yay (guitar)
 Latest Releases
Telegraphs - I Don't Navigate By You
Release Date - March 2009
1. I Don't Navigate By You
 Band Related Links
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