Pete’s Blog – On The Wire (Part 1) – The Music
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It seems hard to believe that the ‘On The Wire‘ album is approaching it’s 9th birthday and that many of the songs on the album began to form over ten years ago. This was a new situation for us as we had to write an entire album from scratch whereas ‘Stateless‘ had been a collection of tracks from our work as Alien Six Productions and several had dated from as early as 2005.
Without knowing it we had started in January 2009 when we were given a tight deadline to complete a bonus track for the ‘Submission‘ single which was due for imminent release. Shaun Brooks from our label Toffeetones was insistent that we should have a decent ‘b-side’ to break up the various remixes for this release. Having just finished ‘Stateless’, we scoured the hard drive for anything that we thought might be usable. We found a basic demo of ‘No Time For Fighting‘ which seemed to have some merit, particularly the chant type chorus. We then spent several Continue reading “Pete’s Blog (Part 1) – On the Wire Re-release [April 2019]” »
Artwork redesigned by Cheri Freund
I remember “On the Wire” came together pretty quickly and contained a lot of influences – Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, Cabaret Voltaire, Thomas Dolby, Ultravox to name a few.
My Waldorf Blofeld was used a lot throughout the album. I bought it to use live when touring with Mesh. It’s a small unit, but has a massive sound and the wavetable type synthesis gave the sounds a nice edge. Which I don’t doubt added to the 80’s vibe that runs throughout this album.
Anyway, I thought I’d dig out the old hard drive that all the album files reside on and make a few notes for each track… Continue reading “Geoff’s Blog – On the Wire Re-release [April 2019]” »
We’ve appreciated all the ongoing support you’ve given and we felt it was about time to start sharing some of the exciting news that’s been stirring behind the scenes.
As some of you know, tenek are taking a bit of a hiatus. Things may seem quiet on the outside, but that’s definitely not the case! We’re pleased to announce that in late 2018, tenek have some of their music signed up with a couple US-based publishers for film & television. Also, some of you have been making enquiries regarding availability of their back catalogue, so we will be making another announcement about that as well in the not too distant future. Continue reading “What’s S.U.P.? [March, 2019]” »
I was grateful for the opportunity to write some new material without any agenda. It had been a while since my previous projects, The Nine and Alien#Six13. Pulling on influences from my favourite era of music, the 80’s, but giving it a new twist with modern production and mixing techniques. Writing the album allowed me to have a creative freedom and try all sorts of approaches on the production side of things. Continue reading “Geoff’s Blog – Stateless Re-Release [March 2018]” »
So as we prepare to re-issue ‘Stateless’ nine years from it’s original date of release I thought I should write a proper blog about the album, how it came about and what the album means to me personally.
Continue reading “Pete’s Blog – Stateless Re-Release (Part II) [March, 2018]” »
Things have been pretty quiet on the tenek front for a few months as both Geoff and myself work on other projects such as ‘Silent Unseen Productions‘ and as many of you know I’m currently working with Bristol band ‘Sinestar‘ in the studio and also live too. But we have been busy behind the scenes with preparations for the back catalogue re-releases that we have planned for 2018.
Continue reading “Pete’s Blog – Stateless Re-Release (Part I) [March, 2018]” »
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.
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
Continue reading “Pete’s Blog: Tenek Update [September, 2017]” »
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 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 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]” »