Smoke and Mirrors – Instrumental Release [Nov, 2020]

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Artwork and Design by Cheri Freund. Cover art initially conceived by Greg Rolfes.

We have some interesting release news for you! On Friday 6th November we will be releasing something a little different for us which is an instrumental version of our 3rd album ‘Smoke & Mirrors‘. 

Several people had mentioned the idea to us and when we had the album mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco back in 2015, we also had the tracks mastered as instrumentals as a useful tool for getting the music put forward for inclusion in TV and films in the future. Listening back to them recently, it became apparent that they stand up extremely well as pieces of music in their own right. Of course, it may not be of interest to those who prefer the vocal versions but we thought it would be a nice option. There is also a fab alternative cover which has been given a new twist by Cheri Freund for this release. There will be no pre-release instead, it will become available immediately on Friday 6th November as that is the next available ‘Bandcamp Friday’ where BC waive their revenue share to assist musicians in these difficult and strange times. We’d also like to thank you for supporting the recent EP2 re-release, it was very encouraging to see and hear so many people discover and enjoy the songs! We hope you are all well and enjoy the instrumental album.

Best Wishes – Pete & Geoff xx

EP2 Digital Re-issue – Pete’s Blog [Sept, 2020]

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Back in 2017, we finally managed to get our back catalogue returned to us from Toffeetones Records who we’d been signed to from 2008 until 2012. Most of our material from that period has now been re-released on all digital platforms. However, my own personal favourite EP has not been available yet so it’s definitely overdue.

EP2 was released in October 2011, 13 months after we’d released our 2nd album ‘On The Wire‘. It was intended to bridge the gap between the 2nd and 3rd albums although it ended up taking a lot longer than it should have done to complete ‘Smoke & Mirrors‘. Continue reading “EP2 Digital Re-issue – Pete’s Blog [Sept, 2020]” »

EP2 – DIGITAL Re-Release [Sept, 2020]

The long-awaited and critically acclaimed ‘EP2‘ has been brought back from the tenek vault!

 

September 2020 brings the re-release of tenek’s second EP, ‘EP2 [originally released by Toffeetones in October 2011] but has not been available on any digital platform since 2017. This EP has now been made available once again to the public in DIGITAL format ONLY via the band’s imprint label (Alien Six Productions).

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Pete’s blog (Part 2) – On the Wire Re-release [April 2019]

Tenek_OTW2019_CoverArt_8x8_72dpiIn my last blog I wrote about the writing and recording process of the album. But that was just one part of all that was going on regarding Tenek in 2010 and also 2011 which proved to be a pivotal year for the band.

The artwork and promo pics for the album started as early as March 2010. We’d been discussing with Shaun who we’d like to take the pictures for the artwork and I was very keen to use Ed Fielding who at the time was doing a lot of work for Gary Numan. We thought his Continue reading “Pete’s blog (Part 2) – On the Wire Re-release [April 2019]” »

Geoff’s Blog – On the Wire Re-release [April 2019]

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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]” »

Pete’s Blog – Stateless Re-Release (Part I) [March, 2018]

Hello All,

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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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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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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