In 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]” »
Pete’s Blog – On The Wire (Part 1) – The Music
Artwork redesigned by Cheri Freund
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]” »
Album artwork redesigned by Cheri Freund.
Another fan favourite from the tenek vault has been brought back. tenek’s critically acclaimed second album ‘On the Wire’ has now been made available once again to the public in DIGITAL format ONLY via the band’s imprint label (Alien Six Productions) to include such singles as: ‘Blinded By You’ and ‘Higher Ground’ … among many other fan favourites + a bonus track Continue reading “On the Wire – Digital Re-Release ” »
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.
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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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tenek chat about their experiences with the well-known German band and friends De/Vision. – Written by Susanne Schaller / Stargazer
“Hey Pete and Geoff. Thank you very much for taking the time to give Stargazer the Interview with you.
Geoff: You’re very welcome. Thank you for your interest in the world of Tenek!
First of all How are you?
Geoff: Very well, thank you. I’m keeping myself busy writing music for TV/Film and some other music projects in between Christmas shopping!
Most of us should know you well since you were the Chosen band for the 25 Years Tour of De/Vision. So how did that all came that you supported De/Vision the first time?
Pete: We were asked to be special guests by De/Vision who we’d played our first overseas gig with at the PLUSWELT Festival in 2009 where they very kindly lent us a rather fab EMAX keyboard to use on stage. Very kind of them as we didn’t know them then! They were very friendly and helpful which we really appreciated!
What things did change since that first support tour?
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