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The Tea Street Band’s experimental, incredible sophomore album Frequency

Liverpool’s The Tea Street Band are back after four years with their long awaited and anticipated second album, Frequency, released on Friday. The band have recognised the lengthy wait, saying “after all these years we’re all really proud of releasing our second LP.”

The local music scene has changed a lot since the release of their self titled debut album, with plenty of up and coming bands such as The Night Café and SPINN joining more established names like The Wombats and The Coral. With such a thriving scene it might’ve been difficult for The Tea Street Band to settle back in, but with their unique sound they should have no problems.

Perhaps the most important factor in this is that sonically they haven’t stood still: the band have taken their sound from their first album and advanced it, creating a more refined second album.

The band’s writing process also evolved through the years, with frontman Timo Tierney saying the band “wrote it together, with all of us having a massive input on each song. The title and the artwork, it’s all of ours. We have all pushed each other musically and I think it really shows on the record.”

The album stays true to what made The Tea Street Band popular, creating dance and electro sounding tracks with analogue instruments and technique, as well as what they described as the “ethics of rock’n’roll”.

Lead single ‘Feel It’ is perhaps the best example of this, with the seamless blending of synths and guitar riffs that made up so much of their debut album.

That said, their sound has most definitely evolved. Songs such as ‘Sacré – Coeur’ change up the pace, with a guitar riff creeping in over synths and an infectious drum beat, building to create a wonderfully layered track before frontman Timo Tierney’s vocals come in.

The standout track was their second single from the album: Marseille Blues’. An epic guitar riff kicks the song off, joined by an intense drum beat with Tierney’s vocals standing strong over the top. A song about being a glutton for punishment and ending up with the blues as a result, bassist Nick Otaegui said: “Lee (guitar) was playing some superb riff that sounded like nothing else we’d heard before, especially on a guitar. Once Dom (drums) laid a beat down, we knew we had something. Lyrics and theme all just came dead easy.”

The third single from the record, ‘Only Love’, is an uplifting track “about living for eternity, never getting old, but in reality that’s just on the inside”. Tierney said that the song was inspired by “watching plenty of mind-bending films, the obvious ‘Bladerunner’ and ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’”. This is another track that builds up to the chorus, which features vocals from bassist Otaegui.

The Tea Street Band are embarking on a UK tour, tickets for which can be bought here. Stream ‘Frequency’ here.

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