Tellison: ‘I Like The Idea Of Doing Something Completely The Opposite Of That’

Frontman Stephen Davidson gives us an insight into why ‘Freud…’ made the cut as the band’s new single.

Tellison have unveiled plans to release their new single ‘Freud Links The Teeth And The Heart’ - the last from their second album, ‘The Wages Of Fear’ - on 28th May, not long after they call at London’s Garage for a DIY Presents show.

Frontman Stephen Davidson gives us an insight into why ‘Freud…’ made the cut: “When we made the record, it wasn’t a song that I was expecting to be a single at all. To be totally honest, I never expected it to become a Tellison song.

“I think the idea of it being a single came from a few different places. One was that we decided to make a Christmas single. I wrote it in the first weekend of December; a song called ‘Good Luck, It’s Christmas’ and it was of a similar vein: slightly off the cuff, slightly light-hearted but at the same time, a bit sad and quiet. We just recorded it ourselves, with our friend, there was no budget. There was nothing, but it did weirdly well. It was a big surprise to us all, but one that was very well received.

“So, we thought, ‘Ooh, what would follow that up and make sense?’ Then, we thought about ‘Freud’: it just appealed to us because it was something slightly different to what we’d done before, which was tried to - I guess - play the game. Release an upbeat, catchy song with a big chorus and hope that people jump on the bandwagon. I guess I like the idea of doing something completely the opposite of that, and releasing a song that is really weird and sort of a joke, or a poem, set to music.”

And speaking of playing live, the band are about to head out on their final tour of the UK in support of ‘The Wages Of Fear’, so how are they feeling about it?

“I’m looking forward to it a lot! We love touring and it’s always a fun thing to do. It’s one of our biggest London shows ever, to finish it off, so I’m sure we’ll all be freaking out by that point. But, we get to go to a few towns we haven’t been to before and that’s always exciting! Yeah, we’re really looking forward to it, and we always have a good time, so I’m hoping this will be the best time yet.”

Tellison will release their single ‘Freud Links The Teeth And The Heart’ on 28th May. They’ll play a DIY Presents gig at London’s Garage on 9th May, supported by Stagecoach, The Bots and The Front Bottoms.

The band will also be embarking upon a UK tour, including a stop at the special DIY show at London’s Garage.

03 Andover, The George
04 Bristol, The Croft
05 Manchester, Sound Control
06 lasgow, Captain’s Rest (18+)
07 Middlesbrough, The Westgarth Social Club
08 Birmingham, The Rainbow
09 London, The Garage (DIY Presents… w/ The Front Bottoms, The Bots and Stagecoach)

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