A number of years ago, there was an Industrial project around called Self Contained Unit which was full of all the heavy beats, distorted vocals and loud, fast noise one would expect. This Industrial endeavor went on for about a year or two until it was time to morph into yet another sound. If you look hard enough, you may still find a cassette that was put out. Self Contained Unit was a one man powerhouse by the Austin native, Stephen Thurman.
As time progressed and interests changed, Stephen realized that his heart just wasn’t into such hyped up hard edged music anymore. There just wasn’t enough anger deep with inside of him and he found himself playing music that was softer instrumental and more Electronic based. Keeping the same name, Self Contained Unit, Stephen started playing a few live shows and released a couple CD-Rs.
Progressing along, one day Stephen decided to pick up that guitar he kept off on the side and discovered that he had a dearth of new music flowing from within. These songs were slower and spacier and seemed to take on a life of their own. The Telewire all started with the birth of a song called “Quiet Satellite”. Yet another side took hold to take Stephen into new musical dimensions of sound.
As with his previous projects, The Telewire is a one man, full bodied, band of sorts completely performed by Stephen Thurman. All parts, from guitar to drums to vocals and bass, are performed by Stephen.
Unfortunately, due to the one man does it all approach, we are unlikely to ever see The Telewire play live. Then again, maybe, just maybe, one day Stephen will figure out an acceptable way of using DATs to enhance his singing and guitar playing as a one man live act. Or, possibly, find another musician or so to help fill out his live sound. It can happen though no plans of such at the moment.
With all the talk of The Telewire being a solo project, you would never know it to listen to the album. It sounds quite full as though there was a roomful of musicians pumping out the sounds.
Stephen is a graphic artist by trade so expect more visual pairings down the line. There are plans to produce some music videos for The Telewire and Stephen has already printed up a few t-shirts for the band. Expect they will be available on the forthcoming website which is in the works.
Oh, while the wires are hot, so to speak, Stephen is already writing new music for the next release by The Telewire. The newer music, again, will be a solo project, and may be even more Electronic. Stephen aptly describes The Telewire’s current music as being Indie, Space Rock and Shoegaze; all of which I can agree with. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Telewire because there’s a lot of good stuff for you to enjoy.
You can grab The Telewire debut album for free at the following link:
The Telewire – The Telewire
Of course, you can also hear various cuts from The Telewire on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.