Ahead of their show in The Workman’s Club on 13 November, I had a brief chat with Stephen Lawrie of The Telescopes. Be warned though, there is talk of “the cosmic egg”, vague answers and entire interview based on Stephen’s satirical answers.
RM: How do The Telescopes create their experimental, psych-rock ?
SL: it’s all about the crack in the cosmic egg. those eureka moments. we have no formula. it’s never the same.”
RM: What acts influence you as a band?
“We’re not influenced by acts. that’s something we all share. and Velvet Underground records. “
RM: How did the band form? and where did the clever name come from ?
“it had to be.”
RM: Your 7th release was ‘Harm’ in 2013/14. What was it like recording in one take with some extra members?
“I think it’s a real test of the company present, to be given a few bones of instruction and trust their own interpretation. it’s the kind of thing session musicians struggle with, i don’t think anyone who plays with me truly considers themselves to be a musician, and that’s their strength, they are tuned into what’s really important.”
RM: How was your recent tour?
“Beyond the realm…”
Q: What are the plans for your current touring schedule ? Dublin should be a really good intimate gig.
“Those are the best kind. our plan is always the same. ‘bring it on. what the f*ck else is there?’”
Catch Stephen and the rest of The Telescopes at The Workman’s on 13 November and enter this competition to win tickets!