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.
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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.
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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
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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 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]” »
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, 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…
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’ 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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