The Telephones
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The Telephones

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"the telephones: intellipop!"

"Infinitely more eloquent than most bands." -

"Featured Performer"

"The Telephones feature an eternally aching frontman with a punchy, soulful voice and a pervading air of wan resignation. Their songs are clever and cleanly executed...." - Time Out New York

"Live Review"

"The Telephones return tonight, pumping their melodic beats and catching the attention of blonds and barflies alike.... They play as though they were an orchestra of nine, strengthened by Jesse's haunting echoes on lead vocal. Songs revolve around fictional plots, lent realism by intense playing and lyrics uttered with conviction." - New York Press

"Concert Picks"

"The local band brings to the table a brand of “much more than decent” original music a la Elliot Smith on a good day, and a sound that could kick Maroon 5 out of the spotlight on any other." - BeatCrave

"The Black Crowes + The Alternate Routes = The Telephones."

" 'Libertine' screams Chris Robinson…a real gem of an ode to southern rock." - This+That


Music for Babies (EP), 2001
Fight Night at Rodeo Dodo, 2005
Volume 1 (EP), 2009
Volume 2 (EP), 2012



Jesse Adelman (guitar + vocals) and Bradley Albert (keyboards) of The Telephones met at Brown University, honing their musical chops in a shared basement before moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2001. Jesse worked to cultivate his natural ability for writing soulful, witty, southern-inflected indie rock, and the two have been consistently recording music ever since.

In 2002, the duo released their first EP, entitled "Music for Babies", following up in 2005 with the full-length "Fight Night at Rodeo Dodo". Bassist Anton Kreisl joined as a full-time member in 2007. The threesome took New York by storm, garnering critical acclaim ("Revved up new wave; poignant lyrics; oddball sense of humor" - Time Out New York) and rocking the city's best music venues.

Last year was a big year for The Telephones. Taking control of their own production for the first time, the band produced and recorded "Volume 1" (2009) - the first release in a planned series of self-produced and recorded EPs - in their own studio space. The Telephones are currently working on "Volume 2", slated for release in 2010. The band continues to grow a passionate East Coast following, having recently drawn over 200 fans to Mercury Lounge and over 400 at the Blender Theater. Their follow-up EP, “Volume 2” features their eclectic mix of amazing rock music.

Together, their influences range from Dylan to Pixies to Muddy Waters to Pavement to Canned Heat to T. Rex to Guns and Roses.