Following the disbandment of Pete and the Pirates in 2012, three of the band’s members started writing and recording new music under the name Teleman, adding drummer Hiro Amamiya. The band’s name derived from seeing an album in a charity shop by composer Georg Philipp Telemann.
Teleman’s debut single Cristina was released in early 2013, with the debut album Breakfast coming in mid-2014, produced by Bernard Butler. Further singles from the album included “23 Floors Up”, “Skeleton Dance” and “Mainline”. “Lady Low” from the record featured Stephen Black on saxophone. The band toured supporting Suede, Metronomy, Maximo Park, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, and appeared in festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, End of the Road and Les Inrocks.
In 2014 and 2015 Teleman toured extensively in Europe and in the US while preparing to record their second album. They released the stand-alone single “Strange Combinations” in March 2015.
In 2016, they opened for Belle and Sebastian on tour.
Teleman’s second album, Brilliant Sanity, was released in April 2016. Two singles were released from it previously: “Fall in Time” and “Düsseldorf”.
The band have been championed by radio presenter Marc Riley, who booked them for a session on his BBC 6 Music show as early as January 2013. Two further sessions were recorded in 2014. They also appeared on his BBC Online music show “All Shook Up” in 2015. They also played four songs live in session on Marc Riley’s show in April, 2016.
Teleman’s next album is due out this September with a tour to go with it. They play Norwich on September 30th 2018