New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The 90-minute, 30-song, 5 act concept album will be released this Friday, September
29 via Halloween Records, and features guest spots by Laura
Stevenson (on "On Companionship" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"), Chris Farren (on "Stillwave"). The Hold Steady's Franz Nicolay (who plays multiple instruments all over the record and contributes spoken word on "The Sudden Walk") , Roger
Lima of Less Than Jake
(on "The Runner's High"), and Peter
Hess (The Hold Steady, TV on the Radio).
Produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, The Smith Street Band) 'The Grand Spontanean' is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n' roll a la Thin Lizzy, Weezer's anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. It resulted in a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world's about to end in a storm of noise and chaos.
Lead singer, rhythm guitarist and lyricist Kevin
Tully explains,"It all revolves around a normal, millennial-era dude, just a person who's slightly screen-addicted. And he's going through tough times in his relationships with people, and various anxieties and worry and pushing away people around him. That's how it begins. So he starts going to therapy in around the third or fourth song. And he hears some stuff that's hard to hear, gets some stuff to work on, and ultimately he winds up where he always winds up at night, which is on the internet, just looking at nothing in particular. And he stumbles upon a website that is "The Page at the End of the Internet," which is a mysterious website prophesying the end of the world in only a couple weeks, in a sort of grisly fashion. And it sends him spiraling, because for some reason or another he believes it, as we do when something triggers our imagination and anxiety at the same time. We believe it. And he keeps it to himself, and eventually the rest of the world finds it too, through some means that isn't really explained. And that sets off a series of apocalyptic events that comprise the second half of the record.
pre-orders are available on Bandcamp, along with a limited edition CD box set with extensive liner notes and more.
Telethon are taking 'The Grand Spontanean' on the road this fall, including an appearance at this year's Fest 16.
9/29- Milwaukee, WI- Sabbatic Bar
10/5 - Milwaukee, WI - Frank's Power Plant
10/6 - Chicago, IL - Burlington Bar
10/7 - Delavan, WI - LSJ Music
10/27 - Gainesville, FL - Durty Nelly's (FEST 16 gig)
"We made a sprawling five-act rock opera about the internet, culture, human relationships, and the apocalypse. We hope you love it."- Telethon
ACT I: Bad Reputation (tracks #1-8)
1 The Signal
2. Apocalypse When
3. Succinct, the Optimist
5. He's Right
6. The Paranoid Blur
7. Tiny Rushes
8. The Page at the End of the Internet
ACT II: Cold Sweat (tracks #9-13)
12. A Martyr's View from The View at the Marriott Marquis
13. The Page at the End of the Internet (Reprise)
ACT III: Fight or Fall (tracks #14-20)
16. Stillwave (feat. Chris Farren)
17. The Improbable New Sensations
18. "GENERATOR" by The Improbable New Sensations
19. "UNTIL THE BALL STOPS" by The Improbable New Sensations
20. "MY SECOND-TO-LAST MONDAY" by The Improbable New Sensations
ACT IV: Running Back (tracks #21-26)
21. Notches on the Scale
22. The Runner's High (feat. Roger
23. "The Sudden Walk" (by Franz Kafka; read by Franz Nicolay)
24. On Companionship (feat. Laura
25. Weirdness Flows
26. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (feat. Laura
ACT V: Remembering (tracks #27-30)
27. A Choice!
29. 30 Seconds of Silence!
30. Fruit Bat