Here is a great review from PCN Magazine (UK) regarding tenek’s ‘EP2′ that was re-released via Bandcamp as of Sept 4th, 2020. A special thank you to John Brown – Contributing Editor. -tenek and crew
November 5th, 2020 John Brown – Contributing Editor
TENEK’s ‘EP2’ OUT NOW via ALIEN SIX PRODUCTIONS
“Like a phoenix; Tenek rise again:
TENEK took the UK electronic scene by storm when they first arrived in 2007 and went on a rampage through the UK and mainland Europe with their headline sets and in support of big name acts. Just as they were riding the crest of the wave they’d created they decided to try out other musical ventures and after a relatively short life as Tenek, they were no more.
Fast forward to 2020 and there was a genuine excitement within their fanbase when the news broke of an imminent Tenek release… and that excitement, strangely, did not abate when the release turned out to be a re-issue and not new material. You see, the re-release was of the much-heralded EP2 and that was great news.
Although not exclusively electronic in their make up their sound fits in perfectly with that scene. They use guitars and are not averse to implementing other instruments and leaning on guest musicians if they can, in any way, enhance the output. However, the huge sound they create(d) is very much electronic in its roots.
Tenek are Peter Steer and Geoff Pinckney and both have graced the UK music scene in various other guises. They have played alongside and in support of some musical heavyweights and, indeed, make use of friendships made on the journey on the recording of this particular EP.
The musicianship on this (and all of the Tenek releases) is impressive. They are technicians and masters of their art. It’s pop music. But it’s good pop music. There is no filler in the Tenek back catalogue and that is a very rare thing in pop.”
*To read more from this issue, click HERE!
Tenek ‘EP2′ [Digital Re-issue]
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]” »
We just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been pre-ordering EP2, we really appreciate your support! Even though we are still busy working on our other projects away from tenek, it is very important to us that our complete back catalogue that was regained in 2017 gets reissued on all digital platforms. There are still more releases to come which are the ‘Where’s The Time?‘ and ‘Submission‘ singles. These will be minus the remixes from Shaun Brooks (Toffeetones) as he will not let us use any of them or the original artwork which is a shame. We may join the two releases together to make them better value for money and there may be a bonus track(s) as with EP2.
There have also been some early discussions about a rarities EP or album, probably for Bandcamp only, we had loads of different versions of tracks plus early demos and even some plain daft things too! It will require a bit of sifting through the archives but will be intriguing to see what we find? Please let us know if this is something you might be interested in seeing happen.
We also hope you enjoyed the new ‘Chameleon‘ track that was released on the final Electronic Saviors compilation album (ES6) which was our first new material in 4 years. All proceeds go to a very worthy cause.
We hope that you enjoy the bonus track on EP2, something a little different, and an insight into some of the ways we tried to write and record back in the day!
Once again, thanks for all your support.
Pete & Geoff xx
“A couple of guys and a lot of synthesizers”
Here is a recent fun interview with host Brick Briscoe from the ‘The Song Show‘ (WNIN/NPR radio network -USA) featuring both guys from tenek (Geoff Pinckney and Peter Steer) each sharing about their musical tastes and a glimpse into their individual side projects too!
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]” »
Text by Chi Ming Lai
25th April 2017
TENEK Ice Fields (2007)
Borrowing the distinctive bassline from SIMPLE MINDS’ 1981 single ‘Love Song’, Geoff Pinckney and Peter Steer put together this lively instrumental for their debut TENEK EP. With a modern mechanical groove coupled to their trademark synth rock, the almost funky ‘Ice Fields’ became an early live favourite, although the duo have focussed on more song based adventures for their three albums to date, ‘Stateless’, ‘On The Wire’ and ‘Smoke & Mirrors’.
Available on ‘EP1+’ via https://tenek.bandcamp.com/album/ep1
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Written by Stephane Froidcoeur (Belgium) – Reviewer at Side-Line Electro Industrial Music Magazine [Feb 2017]
“Background/Info: Geoff Pinckney (in a previous life member of The Nine and Alien#Six13) and Peter Steer are back on track unleashing an EP of 8 songs. The tracks are taken from their latest album “Smoke & Mirrors” (2015), which was Tenek’s third full length.
Content: In fact this EP features 2 EPs. There are 2 parts each featuring the title song plus 2 remixes plus one extra song. The songs of Tenek are carried by solid melody lines, catchy sequences, danceable vibes and a talented vocalist. Continue reading “Side-Line Magazine – Imitation of Life EP Review” »
Written by Jason Pearson – Reviewer / Music Blogger at Electronic North [Jan 2017]
You know those comments you get on YouTube video, when someone posts ‘they don’t make music like this anymore’? Well, yes they do and Tenek deliver the proof.
Tenek are able to take a mixture of all the best bits of chart toppers from a fertile period in Western pop (the mid 80’s), while completely refusing to indulge in cheese, irony, nostalgia or any retro cliches. It is modern and very forward looking. Pure power pop delivered with outstanding contemporary production and mixing. Continue reading “Electronic North – Smoke and Mirrors (album review)” »
Peter Steer and Steve Clark (drummer) interview – Transmission (Chelmsford Community Radio) with host Paul Dupree.