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Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock Moods: Featuring Guitar Rock: 80's Rock Pop: Pop/Rock Rock: Adult Contemporary

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United States - Mass. - Boston

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Telamor

Since 2014, notoriously reclusive Boston rock veteran Tom Hauck has been recording new music under the name Telamor and distributing it to a small circle of friends and fans. Despite Tom's efforts to stay under the radar, Telamor has garnered increasing critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Propelled by Tom's distinctive vocals, with its raw 1980s throwback sound Telamor bridges the gap between the classic rock of yesterday and the indie pop of today. It's a new sound made up of the scraps of musical history. Telamor is bilingual: it speaks the language of rock and the language of today's radio R&B and pop. The singing is passionate and blues-based, but the production is today's: big beats, heavy bottom, Latin percussion, dance tempos. If you're looking for a new course for pop rock music, Telamor is for you.

Since their astonishing debut Telamor has released five full-length CDs as well as an audacious four-song EP of Rolling Stones covers. Telamor is Tom Hauck (songs, instruments, producing) with Warren Babson (producing, mixing, occasional bass and drum programming) and Tony Goddess (guardian angel and special guest guitarist).

Tom says, "While I've had years of experience performing live, I'm not interested in being famous. With Telamor I try to keep a very low profile. I'm just trying to make a small contribution to the great tradition of pop rock music. My influences range from Robert Johnson to The Weeknd. If you listen closely, in between you'll hear Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, the Stones, David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Nirvana, even Taylor Swift--pretty much anyone who wrote a great song and sang it with conviction.

"Working with Warren Babson is a great privilege. Basically, it's my job to deliver to Warren a big box of parts. It's his job to take the parts that he wants and assemble them into a great track. We aim to make classic three-minute pop songs that hit you in the gut and reach you emotionally. My lyrics are simple and direct, just like my guitar riffs and our beats.

"While the songs are simple, the recordings can be quite complex, with a full band sound including multiple guitars, piano, background vocals, percussion, plus the bass and drums. It's all played live in the studio--no sampling or quantizing. If you listen carefully you might hear slight fluctuations in tempo in various instruments. That's because we're going for that live band sound, not a processed synthetic sound. Telamor means real rock and real emotion."

REVIEW IN SKOPE MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 2016:
Sung with passion and an anxiety reminiscent of the Talking Heads, Telamor's "Good Bad Love" is a pure joy. The jerky rhythms, the 70s and 80s alt rock stylings, everything simply works. By far the heart of the album is the Tom Hauck's clever, concise lyricism. Possessing a poetic quality to it the songs simply unfurl in a dazzling display. These songs are imbued with memorable melodies, outstanding rhythms, and an overall classic sound. "Good Bad Love" is best taken in for the way the songs interact is rather gorgeous. Pacing is done with the utmost of care, as Telamor goes from a full-on driving rhythm to dreamier textures.

"My Baby" starts the album off on a high note, as the way the song builds itself up is deeply satisfying. Mellowed to its core is the moody "Count the Days". A playful sensibility defines the contradictory emotions of "Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party". Easily the best song on the album is the title track "Good Bad Love". Telamor's voice is commanding as the song veers from full-on blast of sound to the spacy, contemplative moments. Delicate arrangements define the light on its feet spirit of "You Still Stand". A spirited cover comes on "Human Performance" where Telamor does great work doing Parquet Courts true justice. Bringing the album to a satisfying conclusion is hope of "Hey Mr. White".

Telamor's "Good Bad Love" is an album that simply stuns with its earnest, raw, intimate feeling.


REVIEW IN THE NOISE / MUSIC NEW ENGLAND - March 1, 2016
Telamor (98% Tom Hauck, 2% friends) has to be one of the most prolific artists out there today. About every six month Telamor serves up a new disc of guitar oriented rock for the 21st century. Outside the Lines leads off with “Brave Heart” where a choppy vocal melody creates a hook within itself. Love comes and goes with “Speed Queen” running through the night. “Trippin'” could be a reaction to the Speed Queen, but more likely another female flaunting a hippy attitude. “Flash” has a great sustained vocal chorus with a cool ’60s sound. Tom’s got another woman swinging by for some action – and her name is “Ramona.” The fun cover of “Great Balls of Fire” sounds like Fred Schneider (B-52s) has hooked up with Jerry Lee Lewis. “It’s Love Miss Veronica” has a Kinks flavor to it. The chorus of “Fakin’ It” could’ve been a Devo track if the Ohio band lost there mechanical ways. Tom’s clever swing rock interpretation of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” makes it sound like a throw back to the ’60s. “Rock All Night” closes the disc with a perfect bar-band rave up. Telamor’s common thread that keeps you coming back for more is Tom Hauck’s distinctive vocals. Outside the Lines has the future in mind while it borrows from the past. Pick it up today. (T Max)

REVIEW IN THE NOISE / MUSIC NEW ENGLAND - June 2014
Telamor’s latest is a mostly solid block of superbly accomplished songs... I’d love to hear some cover versions of just about all of these songs, which offer up an amazing amalgamation of diverse garage styles. Opener “Shining Star” has a decided bite, as though ZZ Top were composing an acid garage punk anthem. “Ancient History” is a sneering sing-song punk anthem ala Joan Jett, with superadded wild guitar riffage. “Lonelyhearts” is a new wave anti-love song worthy of the Buzzcocks, what with its pulsing declamatory feel. “Plastic Heart” reminds me of an uncharacteristically uptempo Black Sabbath, while “I Got Up” is reminiscent of classic proto-punk such as “Talk Talk” by the Music Machine. “Poison Tea” reminds me of the Turbines with a decidedly nasty edge and enjoyably skewed lyrics. “Work Together” is a choppy declamatory punctuated by some appealing minimalist guitar licks. “Love Me Tender” is an entertaining Elvis riff whose chief charm is its brevity. “No Rest for the Weary” is another sing-songy new wave rave-up punctuated by a telegraphic guitar riff; “Racing the Sun” reminds me a bit of early XTC with the twee melodicism of Queen and another inimitable guitar line. If anything, the final track encapsulates the remarkable diversity of this admirable collection. A genuine keeper. One of the best collections of the year. (Francis DiMenno)

FEBRUARY 1, 2015
NOISER TOP TEN FOR 2014

The Noiser Top Ten are top ten lists put together by the writers of The Noise. Each top ten is in a category of the writer’s choice. These lists can be used to see the difference in the tastes of each of our writers. Congratulations to all those who made our top ten list.

FRANCIS DiMENNO

The Ten Best Releases of 2014 (and some strong contenders)

1. TELAMOR - Valentine to the Future

2. THINNER – Elevator to Mars

3. ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS – Love Whip Blues

4. THE REAL KIDS - Shake… Outta Control

5. RANDY BLACK & THE HEATHCROPPERS - The Sky Goes Clear

6. PETE WEISS & THE ROCK BAND - Sex Contest

7. DANIEL OUELLETTE & THE SHOBIJIN – Zizal! (The Land Is Moving! Look Over There!)

8. JAY DiBIASIO – Battuto

9. BUTTERSCOTT – In a World…

10. ERIC SALT & THE ELECTRIC CITY – Please Say Yes

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