|The Teskey Brothers have today announced the deluxe release of their critically acclaimed debut album Half Mile Harvest, which will feature two new, unreleased tracks ‘I Get Up’ (available now as a single and instant grat) along with ‘Say You’ll Do’. Alongside the single and video release, ‘I Get Up’ will be on a limited edition 7inch – available to order now. Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) will be released across digital and CD formats on Fri Oct 26, with vinyl to follow in November. |
Directed by Marta Brodacka and shot amidst their recent tour of the UK, watch the video for ‘I Get Up’ below.
There is something incredibly special about the Warrandyte four-piece. It’s not just the music they make, or their preternatural ability to conjure the spirit of soul and blues masters, or even lead singer Josh Teskey’s era-defying voice that seems to belong more in the Mississippi Delta than rural Victoria. It’s the fact that they’ve been hiding in plain sight, honing their craft for a decade, playing countless shows at the local pub, weddings and even a swimming pool, before making serious waves with their debut album Half Mile Harvest– released in January 2017.
Forming over a decade ago when brothers Sam (guitar) and Josh Teskey teamed up with childhood friends, and long-time jamming buddies, Brendon Love (Bass) and Liam Gough (Drums), Half Mile Harvest is the perfect summation of everything the band has learnt about playing, songwriting and production over the last decade.
Completely self-produced at their own studio in Warrandyte, recorded live to tape and mixed down on an analogue board, The Teskey Brothers were trying to capture the humanity of their recordings, warts and all, making the listener feel as though they are sitting in the room while the band plays around them. And for The Teskey Brothers it is all about feeling. “If you don’t play it with soul, it’s not soul music, it’s just two chords and a beat,” says Sam.
The results of their effort and attention to detail are stunning. Across its 10 tracks, The Teskey Brothers take influence from Otis Redding, JJ Cale and Marvin Gaye, mixing in elements of old Blues and British Invasion rock n roll, even some psychedelia, to create a record that feels completely timeless, transcending eras to deliver something that could have been made now or 50 years ago. It’s no mere pastiche though either. It’s a sound that knows its influences, but The Teskey Brothers have spent enough time playing together to find their own sound and put their distinctive mark on something classic.
The band released Half Mile Harvest independently, rolling out a complete DIY plan (including hand-delivering most of the stock themselves). The album went on to sell over 20,000 units.
“When this record came out, that was the turning point,” Josh says. “It was outside of it being a live thing and it had legs that could take it further than we could push as a band by playing gigs. That’s when it started getting around from there.”
“It’s been a crazy year and a half,” says Brendon. “It seems like every couple of months or so we have to redefine what our expectations and measures of success are. Y’know, we gave our favourite presenters on community radio our album and literally the next day it was played on air, that for us, we couldn’t believe it! We’re all such big fans of community radio.”
They quickly sold out of the 500 vinyl records they had pressed, thinking it would take years to offload them all, and soon found themselves on stage at Meredith Festival, playing strings of sold out shows around Australia, touring the US and UK and fulfilling a dream playing at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.
So, while they might not be appearing at the Warrandyte Festival this year, and you won’t catch them playing down at St Andrews Pub in town, The Teskey Brothers aren’t about to go changing anytime soon. And you’ve got to be thankful for that.
‘I Get Up’ by The Teskey Brothers
Out now through Ivy League Records
Available to buy/steam here
Pre-order Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) here
Friday 12 October
‘I Get Up’ 7inch – order now
Friday 26 October
Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) – digital, available to pre-order now
Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) – CD,
available to pre-order now
Friday 23 November
Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) – vinyl, available to pre-order now