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The Telescopes

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‘beyond the realm of natural vision’

Formed in 1987 by Stephen Lawrie, The Telescopes have been mining a unique anti-myopian seam of drone/dream noise & psych for over 20 years. Their first release was a split flexi disc with Loop on the Cheree label in 1988, followed by the snarling 7 inch “Kick the Wall”, and the pounding “7th# Disaster” EP.

They moved to What Goes On Records in 1989 and stormed the independent charts with stream of output, including a livid debut LP “Taste” and “The Perfect Needle” EP, which captured the hearts of a grateful nation. A live album appeared on Fierce Records and after signing to Creation Records, a more psyche induced sound followed with singles like “Flying”, and their “#Untitled Second” album. Now perceived by many as a lost classic, the record was a commercial failure at the time and in 1994 the band disappeared from the public eye.

After an 8-year void The Telescopes returned as an 11 piece featuring core members Stephen Lawrie & Jo Doran with a new album “Third Wave” on NYC label Double Agent. John Peel, who said he was both “amazed and glad they were still practicing their mysterious art”, championed the album.

In 2003 the group scaled down to four and toured the UK and Italy improvising free drone noise pieces, culminating in the Winter EP on Hungry Audio, regarded by many as one of the groups finest.

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