Seattle-ite Michael Benjamin Lerner and his band, better known as Telekinesis, came by and paid Cheryl Waters a fuzzed-out but peppy visit last week. The band is touring off its most recent release, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, which is available now on Merge Records.
Telekinesis can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as they just put out their sophomore record and their name is gaining more traction and credibility. After shaking up his band lineup by adding Jason Narducy (Robert Pollard band, Bob Mould band) on bass and Cody Votolato (Jaguar Love, The Blood Brothers) on guitar, Lerner was able to put out a successful follow-up to 2009’s self-titled debut. The result is a fine-tuned album that draws influence from greats like Paul Simon and The Cure. But then again, it helps to have a healthy relationship with your veteran producer, Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.
One thing that can clearly be taken away from Telekinesis is that they are only going to get better. Songs come in at a tight run time, and are meticulously crafted. And the result is an indie band that can write song hooks that will have you clamoring for summer year-round. Check out a few tracks from the new record, 12 Desperate Straight Lines performed live in our studio below!