File: Rock band TeleChild.
Rock band TeleChild have released their television-inspired debut album.
TeleChild, as you might have guessed from its name, draws a lot of inspiration for its alternative rock sound from the magical and addictive world of television.
Their name is directly linked to their childhood obsession in the 80s and 90s when TV channels and formats were really finding their groove. Their logo is a kid with a TV for his head (which is probably most kids’ dream).
In addition, the group made up of Lebanese childhood friends Hadi Baba and Charles Anouzi, created their first album so that you feel like you are surfing the best music TV channels.
“Listening to the songs with the different styles of rock between them will give you the same sense of randomness as if you were channel surfing, but hopefully you can’t stop.” Hadi said.
These different musical styles cover all of indie and rock music, including blues rock, indie rock, progressive rock, surf rock, pop rock, a bit of funk and soul, the soundscape and the orchestra. “There’s even a pseudo bosanova part in one of the songs!” Charles jokes.
Musically, the band counts Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Blur, Led Zeppelin and U2 as inspirations, channeling their inventive rock sound into Turn On Your Favorite Show.
“There are a lot of tempo changes for example within the same song and a lot of tracks don’t follow the typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge formula.” Much like their entire TV image and brand, their working process is clearly thought out to ensure “the pieces fit together seamlessly”.
There are also clear TV cues in the track titles. Track 2 “Tarantino” is named after the director of Pulp Fiction and rocks and rolls with real drama while “The Act” is a dramatic indie pop track that’s as smart as it is fun.
Turn On Your Favorite Show was created over 3-4 years, with most of the tracks written in Dubai, developed on a trip to Thailand, then recorded at Tunefork Studios in Lebanon over two separate sessions. Impressively, the album was mastered at the Beatles’ famed Abbey Road Studios, giving them a really cool bragging point.
But while TeleChild could have created a seriously fun and cool brand, their lyrics run deep.
“Lyrically, we wrote from our experiences and what we went through during the writing process. The songs explore family ties, relationship struggles, regret, a sense of escape, and our cynical view of society.
Combine these hot topics with killer riffs, well-honed imagination, and finely tuned imagery, and you’ve got a smash winner.
TeleChild is a Dubai-based duo made up of two longtime friends who usually disagree about everything but music. Hadi Baba and Charles Anouzi are both originally from Lebanon and have been collaborating in musical composition since their university studies. A few years later, they find themselves in Dubai and invest their free time in writing an album that makes sense to them. After struggling for some time to find dedicated musicians to commit to original work, they enlisted Nour Nimri on vocals, Akram Hajj (of Kinematic) on drums, Marwan Tohme (of Postcards) on bass, and recorded their debut album at Tunefork Studios in Lebanon with studio engineer Fadi Tabbal at the helm. Mastering was done by Alex Gordon at Abbey Roads Studios in the UK.