Band of the Week: Telamon

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Meet the Band: Daniel Kearsey (vocals, guitar), Paul Newton (guitar), Domenic Altieri (bass) and Massimo Altieri (drums).

Dynamic Duo: Kearsey, who was into the early '90s grunge scene (think Our Lady Peace) and Massimo were playing together in another group before the band formed earlier this year. "We just added players as we got into the studio," says Kearsey. "We envisioned a lot more with it." The group has only played a handful of shows since it got together but the chemistry has been terrific. "It's almost like a family and we all get along pretty great," says Kearsey. "It's nice for once there's not all this drama."

True Dedication: Kearsey wrote "April Showers," a song that starts with acoustic guitar before building into something more anthemic, for the album Lawrence & Diane, after his dad passed away; then when his mom had a stroke, he started writing more. He revisited the time when they first met and wrote some songs about the days when they were happy just so the EP wouldn't be "depressing," as he put it. "The back story of the EP is a dedication to my parents, Lawrence and Diane Kearsey," he says. "They're two lifelong Clevelanders, and it tells the story of the love they shared from the time they met to the last breaths my father took, to the pain my grandmother felt after my mother suffered a large stroke. There are twists and turns in this EP, but it is completely heartfelt."

Why You Should Hear Them: Recorded and produced by Nate Vail (bassist for A Band Named Ashes) at Just a Dream Entertainment, the album features a range of instrumentation. Sam Kristoff, of the Kent-based alt-country group the Speedbumps, plays cello, and Nate Vaill and pianist Seth Vaill contribute as well. "These Passing Days" even includes a brisk horn arrangement that nicely balances the gruff, punk-inspired vocals. "I guess I was going for an alternative sound," says Kearsey. "That's the easiest way to classify it. We play both acoustic and electric when we play live. It's not your typical acoustic guitar: I play it a lot harder and louder."

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: Telamon performs with A Band Named Ashes and Townhouse Captains at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Musica in Akron.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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