“Midnight Ramblin’ Blues,” one of the ten songs comprising The Teledynes’ debut EP, titled simply enough The Teledynes, comes swinging out of the gate with a swagger that is a bit of a signature element in this talented band’s rockabilly sound. Much like the rebellious “Crazy Train” and “Ain’t Going Back,” “Midnight Ramblin’ Blues” shows off the versatility, and moreover, the sheer agility that this band is able to produce when they’re deep in a jam.
“Way out West” has a burning groove that slams us up against the wall before coming apart into a countrified flex of the band’s sonic muscle. The eclectic surfer “September” is a total hybrid, but it doesn’t sound like any of the watered-down experiments that I’ve been hearing out of so-called “crossover” indie acts this summer at all. This band knows who they are, and they’ve got no problem giving us everything they’ve got in this extended play.
The bread and butter of this EP is undoubtedly “Rockabilly Bug,” a sort of identity track that closes out The Teledynes on an optimistic note. Along with “Callin’ on the Devil,” I think that this song is probably the most radio-friendly of any in this tracklist.. Tracks like “Cohaagen” have too much of a razor-sharp edginess for mainstream alternative singles to keep up with, which is likely the reason why you’d sooner hear these songs on college radio than you ever would the commercialized mainstream. Which , in my book, is a good thing!
If “‘47 Cadillac” doesn’t have you twisting and shouting like it’s the birth of rock n’ roll all over again, then you can rest assured that something on The Teledynes’ virgin studio record most definitely will, as it’s packed with more thrills than the average rollercoaster ride and ready to soundtrack your summer. Rockabilly buffs who had feared that the year would leave them in the lurch needn’t worry any longer; this band has got your rocking rhythm needs covered, and my gut tells me this is only the first gem that we’ll see bearing their moniker in the years to come.