“We have a past, we have made mistakes. This is the story, this is Teller.” These are the bold first words from Leeds newcomers Teller, an act who describe themselves as “rising from the ashes of a past project” in order to take “our experiences, our mistakes and hone in on a sound and message that best describes us as musicians.”
The band recently unveiled their debut single “Victoria” (listen below), which was recorded with their good friend Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Architects, Periphery, Sikth) at Middle Farm Studios. The band describe it as “the perfect song to make our debut. We feel it introduces and demonstrates the band’s intense, energetic sound, coupled with strong melodic hooks.”
Now Jake the drummer takes the A to Z interview to reveal more about the act…
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: “Basket Case” – Green Day
Best Album Ever Written: On Letting Go – Circa Survive
Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Signing a load of kids arms and faces in a little town in Norway.
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Love get under my skin.
Easiest Song You Wrote: “Victoria”
Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: Support to Periphery at Islington Academy.
Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record: Dr Dre.
Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Finishing the album. Releasing it is the next step.
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Robin produces bands in his own time, working with band’s like Blood Youth, Bohemian Grove and ourselves.
Jokes You Have In The Band: Too many to tell. And probably some not appropriate for public knowledge.
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: With the opening track from our upcoming release.
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Probably would be Norway.
Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: Personally, my now good friend Matt Halpern of Periphery. Him and the other guys in Periphery all have many ventures and businesses going on outside of the band. But from a drummer to drummer perspective, he’s taught me a lot on how to conduct myself, work hard and become a better musician.
New Band You’d Recommend: Modern Error.
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Someone like Bring Me The Horizon or Architects. Would be a milestone for sure.
Place You’d Most Like To Tour: America.
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Do what you feel right, go with your gut. Life’s too short to give your life to something that you don’t fully believe in.
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: “Victoria” is the story of a lost love.
See Us Live At: Live dates to be announced soon!
The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: There were definitely more defining characters from music back then. Probably down to the fact that people actually bought records then. So yes I do agree.
Unusual Merchandise: Knives, that’s a weird one…
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: Something more stripped back is always a chance for us to explore the softer, more straight forward sides to our playing.
What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted: Brutally honest, Enter Shikari at this years Slam Dunk. Should have watched Neck Deep instead.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: This year alone Robin’s had surgery for a broken foot/ankle. And I’ve had to have back surgery. Tough old business.
You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: “Bleed” by Messhugah.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: I’d probably go with a Gorilla, because I’m used to throwing myself around and being clumsy. Also the Cadbury advert? Gorillas are sick at drums.