From their album ‘Introspecter, Pt. 1’, Telemonster comes with the emotive music video for ‘For Someone Not So Old’.
Telemonster was formed by cousins Ben VanderHart (guitar/vocals) and Josh Barrett (drums) in 2010 after moving to Chattanooga, TN from their respective hometowns in Iowa and New Mexico. Along with bassist John-Michael Forman and pianist Dave Hess, Telemonster released an eponymous EP in 2011 and quickly followed up with 2012’s self-released A Girl I Knew.
‘For Someone Not So Old’ is one of many return to form from the band that has gone through much in the last many years. Primarily with new family members and expansion of what it is like to live through in phases of this life. Hence the thrust of the album and of its titles, the sometimes self-examining platitudes, may glaze over the obvious realities of the world that surrounds an individual. Though it may not be that there is no guarantees that you must change and make legal claim to changes for the sake of the world, but there certainly is somewhat of a swaying of core beliefs and once pillar ambitions.
We weigh things differently, as the corrosion of life takes hold. Or, in a more positive light, more ‘addition’ to the life that we once had, bloats into a Carnival cruise of hit and misses and everything between.
But the gang in Telemonster takes it in stride and says in their own way: “Bring it on.”
The songs are melodic like classical and catchy like pop, but underscored by complex jazz rhythms and the raw energy of rock ’n’ roll.
And its food for thought.
The band is: Ben VanderHart (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), Dave Hess (Keys, Vocals), John-Michael Forman (Bass, Vocals), and Josh Barrett (Drums).