Pete’s Blog: Tenek Update [September, 2017]

Hello all,
I thought it was about time for another blog regarding the band and what’s been happening as we’ve received quite a few enquiries about the future of Tenek. Most recently we’ve been concentrating on the preparations for our 10th Anniversary show at the Dave Charles Extravaganza at Market Harborough which we performed at last weekend.

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Photo by Andrew Garley

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone that came down to support us and all the other bands at the event. It really was such an honour to headline on Friday night alongside Rainland, John Costello and Dancing With Ruby. All are good friends of ours and we’ve shared the stage with them all at various shows/events over the years. The whole weekend was a fantastic celebration with a lovely atmosphere and it was also a great way for everyone to come together and thank Dave for all his support in the 10 years that he has been broadcasting his legendary Sunday night show from HFM.

Photo by Ammie Sandquist

Photo by Ammie Sandquist

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Dave Charles Music Extravaganza – Pete’s Blog [August, 2017]

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As many of you know, we are playing our one and only gig of 2017 on Friday 1st September at the Dave Charles Music Extravaganza – Club Enigma in Market Harborough, UK. It’s Dave’s 10th anniversary of his Sunday night radio show on Harborough FM (102.3) and also ties in rather nicely with our own 10th anniversary too, so we felt it was a good opportunity to celebrate on both fronts.

Dave has been a tremendous supporter of the band over the years and was almost certainly the first to play our music on the radio. I think we found each other on Myspace (remember that?) back in 2008 when we were about to release our 2nd single ‘Where’s The Time?‘ which coincided nicely with a Gary Numan interview on the show. Since then we’ve been played on the show hundreds of times and have done numerous live interviews and been guests in the studio too, often during the riotous and chaotic Christmas shows! Continue reading “Dave Charles Music Extravaganza – Pete’s Blog [August, 2017]” »

Guest Blogger: Nik Hodges [Dec 2016]

Guest Blogger, Nik Hodges talks about his inspiration for creating the remix of Tenek‘s, “Imitation Of Life – Pre-Midi Mix.

“I’m a relative late-comer to Tenek’s music. It was only when my old friend and collaborator Steve Clark joined the band on drums that I really discovered them.
What struck me about Peter and Geoff was that they fully understood the soul of electronic music and approached it with great songs and production. I was blown away by their ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ album and ‘Imitation Of Life’ was an early favourite. Continue reading “Guest Blogger: Nik Hodges [Dec 2016]” »

Guest Blogger: Sam Morrison [Nov 2016]

Guest Blogger, Sam Morrison talks about his inspiration for creating the remix of Tenek‘s, “Imitation Of Life – Pale Imitation Mix.

Remixing as a bad pun

When part of your MO for doing a remix is what kind of terrible pun you can make in the title, it can sometimes be hard to remember which came first. Did I call it the “Pale Imitation Mix” because I’d decided to do a remix inspired by the minimalist electro/industrial of Nine Inch Nail’s ‘Hesitation Marks’, or did I decide to do a minimalist electro/industrial remix because “Pale Imitation mix” was just way too good a play on the title for me to ignore? Continue reading “Guest Blogger: Sam Morrison [Nov 2016]” »

Guest Blogger: Matt Jessup [Nov, 2016]

Guest Blogger, Matt Jessup talks about his inspiration for creating the piano remix of Tenek‘s, ‘A New Foundation‘.

That’s a No.1 if ever I heard it”, was my initial reaction upon hearing ‘A New Foundation‘, The second being “I wish I had written that”. Every so often, a song comes along that is perfect from start to finish. Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, James Blunt’s ‘Carry you Home’ and the Legendary ‘Are Friends Electric?’ from Tubeway Army are just 3 that come to mind. The latter I also covered as a piano version. Continue reading “Guest Blogger: Matt Jessup [Nov, 2016]” »

Guest Blogger: Director Vincent Kavanagh [Nov, 2016]

Guest Blogger, Writer/Director/Editor – Vincent Kavanagh shares a few thoughts about his inspiration for creating  Tenek‘s, “Imitation Of Life’ (Official Music Video).

“My collaboration with Tenek and why it’s cool…

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I am the one responsible for tenek’s new music video. So direct all complaints towards me.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way. One of the most difficult aspects of production I think, is convincing others to believe in your vision in order to land an opportunity that is sought after by countless other talented individuals. So I was quite excited when I received the news that I’d landed my first Music video.

Science fiction is one of those interesting genres. A science fiction film from the 60’s may no longer be considered science fiction today. Films have predicted a lot of new tech. The Simpson’s also predicted president Trump. Just thought I’d throw that into the mix.

Anyway, one of my key inspirations for the concept of the video was the 2009 film “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis. Now, objectively not the greatest film of all time, but the concept of humanity living through remotely controlled robots was utterly terrifying and fascinating to me.

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Imitation of Life – Pete’s blog [Nov, 2016]

‘Imitation of Life’ was one of the last tracks that was written for the ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ album and it was around May/June 2014. The original demo was entitled ‘Stuntman’ and at the time we were trying to write something a little less electronic and something with a more ‘New Order & Kasabian’ vibe. This track marked a big change for the band as it was the first song we created in Cubase on the studio computer as previously we were using Logic X so it was a bit of a learning curve at times during recording!

This started out with a very simple vintage drum machine pattern, some basic guitar parts and the prominent lead line in the chorus. It also had the ‘gothic’ style motif in the bridge which I thought sounded similar to ‘The Cure’ and possibly a touch of Peter Hook too. Even though it sounds like a lead guitar, I’m certain it was played on my trusty Squire Fender Precision bass guitar which I paid £71 for on eBay which has to be one of the bargains of the century! It got used on several of the album tracks actually, it records so well and has that Bruce Foxton/Paul Gardiner sound that I’ve always loved.

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Coming Soon: Guest Bloggers!

We thought it would be nice to invite some guest bloggers to share about their participation in Tenek’s forthcoming EP release. So be sure to watch this space! – P & G

 

July 2016 Update

As announced on the Dave Charles show on HFM 102.3 (July 10th), we will be taking part in the ‘Bands On The Run 1‘ walk through the Brecon Beacons in September. We’ll be joining many other bands including Dancing With Ruby, Sinestar, Low Tide Theory and EmT to raise money for the excellent Nordoff Robbins charity. If you would like to be involved and join us on the walk, there are some limited places available so please contact Dave for further details. You can also donate via the Just Giving page below, the aim is to raise £1000 and above! Thanks for your support, very much appreciated. P & G xx

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Mid-June 2016 Update…

Within the next 12 months we will celebrate 2 big landmarks for the band. 100 gigs and 10 years together! To think that we only released the debut CD back in September 2007 to test the water and see if anybody was interested in this new project. The idea was just to write and record music that we really wanted to with no commercial constraints using all our influences from across the board and to just see where it might take us.. Certainly a lot further than we’d imagined at the time! So a big thank you to everyone who has supported us by coming along to see us play or buying our music & merchandise. We never take any of it for granted and it is very much appreciated, more than you’ll ever know!

-Pete & Geoff xx

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