I’ve been listening to a lot of music that might be termed “retro” lately, and my friends in Thee Rakevines (who also make some pretty cool retro-sounding music) recently recommended an artist named Tetley, who falls very neatly into that category. His latest release, Born in the TS6, draws on a classic garage-rock sound to delve into contemporary issues. The songs call to mind a range of bands of previous decades. For example, the opening track, “The Lake,” sounds like a combination of the Moody Blues (particularly their 1973 hit “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band”) and the Jam (especially “Thick as Thieves” from their 1979 Setting Sons album). Echoes of both bands — along with hints of the Stone Roses and (possibly?) Oasis –waft through the remainder of the six-song EP. Heavy doses of reverb and phasing effects give the tracks a swirling psychedelic feel, while a driving beat propels the proceedings forward at a steady pace that straddles the tenuous divide between anger and fun. Altogether, Born in the TS6 is a great collection of songs that has the feel of catching a really cool, hip, and groovy underground band at a seaside resort somewhere in time between 1965 and the present day. Pretty excellent organ-playing, too.

3 thoughts on “Tetley: Born in the TS6

  1. They have a great sound! I didn’t listen to much of this type of music back then (yes, I’m, “retro” in age!)–was more into AC/DC, Boston, Styx, REO, and that ilk. But in the 80’s I began to listen to some. I’ve long-since discovered I love many, many types of music.

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