5 reasons to go see: The Telescopes

This article is from 2009.

5 Reasons to go see: The Telescopes

1. It’s a trip down memory lane
Formed in 1987 by frontman Stephen Lawrie, these wall-of-sound shoegazing-cum-baggy space-rock pioneers are the forgotten sons of 1990s indie. But forgotten no more! Cos they’re playing this gig, likes.

2. You get two bands for the price of one
Because support act for the evening are super-fine Glasgow-based nu-grunge noiseniks St Deluxe, who are also Lawrie’s backing Telescopes for the evening.

3 And a music legend spinning tunes
Joe Foster will be DJing between sets. Along with Alan McGee and Dick Green, Foster established Creation in 1983, and produced early records by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine. That, dear friends, is a pedigree.

4 The shoegazing revival starts here
And the baggy revival OK, technically the shoegazing revival started when My Bloody Valentine reformed, but The Telescopes have the power to revive not one but two indie sub-genres. Watch out for Swervedriver, Spacemen 3, Ride and Mock Turtles tours soon. Maybe.

5 Alan McGee will probably be there
We have absolutely no proof of this, but he’s mates with everyone involved, so he might be. Take yer demo CD with you and press it into his sweaty palm, and Bob’s yer uncle, you’re the new Oasis.

Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Sat 15 Aug.

The Telescopes

Indie psych rockers from the first wave of shoegaze.

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