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Awkward truth, teenage dreams and getting beat - it's all in EP010 with Stephen H Davidson of Tellison!
"I got a call from Steve Lamacq's producer saying, 'Steve's going to play the 7-inch!' I went, 'Oh my god, I'm going to be famous. This is so easy!' Spoiler alert: we do not become famous."
So says Stephen H Donaldson, the frontman and songwriter behind London's Tellison.
"I've been making paper all my life, but I don't feel satisfied... They said if I worked real hard I'd be... Happy." Tellison - Tsundoku
The four-piece formed at school and 'arrived' to industry fanfare in 2007 with the album Contact! Contact! However, despite their knack for touching, introspective lyrics and a range endearingly fragile and raucous, a few years down the line they found themselves bumped from the hype wagon.
In new album Hope Fading Nightly it came to a head, most obviously as Stephen sat down and penned the hugely emotive Letter To The Team – a letter of resignation, in song form, addressing all members of his band, past and present.
Fortunately, ironically, it proved a mental turning point and the nexus of their finest recording to date. It's an album that addresses a generation of young people that have flushed their dreams in pursuit of stability and the struggles of a band on their way to the middle – all through the medium of sports movie metaphors.
In a conversation that definitely has nothing to do with recently turning 30, Matt spoke with Stephen about Tellison's undulated career path, writing the awkward truths and the crushing wave of sensibility washing over young people.