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1.
Loser / That Old Private Hell
2.
(I Guess You'd Call It) An Undertone
3.
03:27
4.
5.
Sirens
6.
Chimney Rock
7.
House Of The Future (Parts 1 & 2)
8.
Time To Lean (This Whole Building Runs On Windows 98)
9.
10.
Manila

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****This Is A Pre-Order****
****Will Ship On/Or Around June 21st****
****All order come w/ instant DL of "How Long Do I Let It Go For?"
****All bundles come w/ Telethon bottle opener & air freshener****

Telethon. You might know them as the band that wrote a rock opera about being extremely and apocalyptically online, or the guys who released a lyric video via a Gmail screenshare. Maybe you’ve never heard of them until now, because you’re reading this blurb for their Take This to Heart Records debut, Hard Pop. In any case, this album—which drops June 21—is hard pop both in name and nuance, and it’s a perfect combination of whatever this one group’s wild Midwest ambition can offer.

But wait! I know what you’re thinking. This is the band that recites Kafka and opens their releases with skits? Where are they?! I was promised something wacky judging by their Twitter presence. The wackiest thing of all? Hard Pop is just ten tracks, all of them boasting surefire singalongs. Sure, there are plenty of surprises, like the two-part cinematics of “House of the Future” or the ska breakdown on “Manila,” but the most astounding thing of all is how united Hard Pop is. After all, it’s the first document of a genre Telethon is coining themselves, promising songs with chewy centers but a crunchy outer layer filled with the fuzz of doubt, disappointment, muses lost to darker times. Just listen to the jangly swagger on “Youdon’tinspiremelikeyouusedto” or the tale of pain and dejection on “Sirens.” These are contemplative songs masquerading as rock radio hits, delivered with a smirk rather than sunk gazes.

So who is Telethon now? The band confident enough to embrace darkness with a goofy brightness that betrays its emotional center? That’s for you to find out.

"Hard Pop" is out June 21st on 12"/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records

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releases June 21, 2019

Kevin Tully - Lyrics + Lead Vocals + Acoustic guitar on 'House of the Future' + Guitar solo in 'Wanderparty'
Jack Sibilski - Lead Guitar + Backing vocals
Erik Atwell - Drums + Auxiliary Percussion + Drum pad
Gene 'Nate Johnson' Jacket - Piano + electric piano + organ + synthesizer + backing vocals
Alex 'DeepSoundz' Meylink - Bass + backing vocals

Produced by Jack Shirley and Telethon at the Atomic Garden East in Oakland, California, USA
Tracked, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley

Willow Hawks (of the Sonder Bombs) - Guest & backing vocals on tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, and 8
Jimmy Wilkens (also of the Sonder Bombs) - Tracking of Willow Hawks' vocals

Peter Hess -  winds and strings arrangement/tracking at Fort St. Marks in Brooklyn, NY + performed all tenor and baritone saxophones + clarinet + bass clarinet + flute + alto flute 
Dana Lyn - violin
Justin Mullens - trumpet & French horn
Adam Dotson - trombone
Emily Hope Price - cello

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Telethon Wisconsin

Powerpoppunkrock for the modern kids

Thank you for listening.
telethonband@gmail.com

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Track Name: Wanderparty
where do you wander and where do you party?
nobody knows where you wander or party
everyone wanders, everyone parties
but not like you wander and not like you party

still getting used to the ones that i love
Leave be the ones that i don’t
Not lack of interest or a sense i’m above
Jury’s still out regarding lack of a soul
Control, control, my lifeblood
Only thing that really gets me through my day
Control, control, my livelihood
Sometimes the things you rely on gotta be taken away

So ask me over now before i say no
In the form of a text with an excuse,
Ooh i’m caught, a facade, i can practically hear the nod
“Okay, no problem” “Anyway, have fun”
So tempting. So stop me before i react to reality kicking in doors, closing in,
oh won’t you show me how

where do you wander and where do you party?
nobody knows where you wander or party
everyone wanders, everyone parties
but not like you wander and not like you party

Come on

There was a time several years ago
When this all came more natural to me
I knew the songs and i knew where to go
only the radio static got freaky
Now that’s the new normal, like a new form of currency
Take it away. watch what the fuck happens to me.
Is that how it goes? Or am I uniquely boring? If I’m uniquely boring, is that bad?

Beckon the peers and you’ll hear
Mixed responses, which have never been helpful
Beckon the shrink and you’ll see
Hesitation, you know exactly what that means
Thus, to you I turn, whoever you may be
Tell me: What do you think of me?
What if i told you my new year’s eve
Consisted of scouring twitter alone or illegally streaming Batman Beyond

Come on

where do you wander and where do you party?
nobody knows where you wander or party
everyone wanders, everyone parties
but not like you wander and not like you party

holy, put me on life support,
i've been talking all in my sleep
in your trash cans digging around
while the porch light's on and the curtain’s peeking
when's the last time you salted these stairs, so dimly lit, someone's gonna slip
there's only one way, only one way way outta here
i guess we're looking at it
there's only one way, only one way way outta here
i think we're looking at it
there's only one way, only one way way outta here
i think we're looking at it

where did you wander and where did you party?
Track Name: How Long Do I Let It Go For?
Might be cumulative
Might be the time of day
Sodium or caffeine intake
what have you read? if i may

ask: these questions of yourself
what purpose does they serve?
Aside from dampening the mood
And making you feel worse

apartment shopping online
for about the 8 or 9th time
checkboxing bathrooms and avoiding neighborhoods

calling or email works best
reply immediate with bad
news like not there or no pets
Although the

listing said nothing to that effect
And now i’m clenching my jaw

We’ll be out of the van by the first of the month
If this luck continues along

Good god, have i become so tightly wound
i can’t stop it anymore
And in the quiet when there's no one else around
how long do i let it go for?

Interestingly enough, we
Eventually found residence
It has two, count ‘em two, bathrooms
One for each of us
There’s room for the dog to run and everything
it took a little less than a week of looking, too

But where does my brain wander, where does it party?
What if I hadn’t put in the work?
What’ll we do next year? And the year after that?
Mind you, we haven’t moved out or in yet

Good god, have i become so tightly wound
i can’t stop it anymore
And in the quiet when there's no one else around
how long do i let it go for?

Combustion loop repeating
It doesn’t have to be that hard
What’ll be top of mind come winter
If you make it through the fall?
For those in back, repeat it
It doesn’t have to be that hard
You’ve drawn yourself a circle.
It doesn’t have to be that
It doesn’t have to be that
It doesn’t have to be that hard

Good god, have i become so tightly wound
i can’t stop it anymore
And in the quiet when there's no one else around
how long do i let it go for?

Good god, have i become so tightly wound
i can’t stop it anymore
And in the quiet when there's no one else around
how long do i let it go for?

Good god, have i become so tightly wound
i can’t stop it anymore
And in the quiet when there's no one else around
how long do i let it go for?
Track Name: Youdon'tinspiremelikeyouusedto
sweating buckets, shortness of breath
job secure but there's an itch i gotta scratch
sensation's post-vacation
craving novel stimulation

no one asks or knows they should
worst part is knowing if you asked them then they would
but your head's down, and you're nodding,
tell your reflection that it's stalling

always a chance that the plane's going down
and you won't get where you're going
what all that daytime TV’s been telling you
is spinning gears, no use, validating rumors

you don't inspire me like you used to
you don't inspire me like you used to
and i didn't sign up for any of this.
Well, you don't inspire me like you used to do
Don’t inspire me like you used to do

"take more time out to note all the victories"
"yeah, but doc, imagine moving to the beach!
I don't mean actually on the beach,
but somewhere there's ocean, at least, nearby
what a life that could be"
the envy of my former colleagues
pictures of sunsets from branches of palm trees
highways'd part on sight of the RV
I live in, what's the limit?

fleeting at best, and it fleeted away
floor of the ashtray by the end of the day
way home, lost the key to the lock on my lockbox
rammed an elbow straight through a plate glass window

you don't inspire me like you used to
you don't inspire me like you used to
oh, i didn't sign up for any of this
Well, you don't inspire me like you used to do
Don’t inspire me like you used to do
Don’t inspire me like you used to do

Never wonder how the story breaks down
The Story’s up to you
Never wonder how nor why you break down
It’s all a part of you

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