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Wednesday
Jan302013

We Have the Facts

While riding my bicycle through the hectic streets of San Francisco I eased my frazzled brain with the gliding indie sounds of a local band known as On Telegraph.  Their jangling symphony lulled me into a state of higher consciousness that felt as if my ten-speed became one with the road and my immense hominid self became one with the fair city that is home of the gold rush, skinny-jeaned hipsters, manifest destiny, and the great earthquake of 1906. Layers of nostalgia glazed over me, as I recalled bands from the high-renaissance of indie rock during the turn of the millennium; when shoe-gaze and power-pop happily held hands. Snappy rhythms juxtaposed with drifting guitar soundscapes like Wilco or Broken Social Scene, and a glimmer of the melancholic high priest himself -- Mr. Elliot Smith.

The three sonically inclined troubadours responsible for these sounds are Dave Parker, Pat Scanlan ,and David Walker who are far less fresh to the music scene than these tracks off their yet to be released album. Born out of a soup of faster, heavier, distortion-driven Bay Area bands such as Company Car, Cervantes, the Rec Set and Murray the Thief, On Telegraph has created songs to the likes of Death Cab for Cutie's opus "We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes". With exception to songs like "the Great Diamond Hoax" and "Shanghai'd," they take the liberty to duck off into some strange time-warp opium den deep in SF’s Chinatown where they show their catchy guitar shapes and super tight beats to a rowdy gang of pirates, lesbian prostitutes, poet dandies, shipping magnates, and the rest of the San Francisco underground elite of yesteryear.

Do have a listen ...
 

 

 

Dave Parker, Pat Scanlan and David Walker are

On Telegraph | San Francisco, CA

Once ate their weight in Godfather’s pizza.

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