Behind the music – TEKE :: TEKE

Montreal-based seven-piece Japanese psych rock band TEKE::TEKE will play Ireland for the first time this week. We asked them the BIG questions. . .

They play The Grand Social, Dublin on September 8, Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Clonakilty on September 9, Kenny’s Pub, Lahinch on September 10 and Mick Lally Theatre, Galway on September 11.

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Teke :: Teke formed for what was supposed to be a one-time tribute performance honoring Japanese guitarist Takeshi “Terry” Terauchi, then transformed into a full-fledged band.

Their new album Shirushi is now available on Kill Rock Stars and has been acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut and Thread magazines and, of course, BrooklynVegan.

Tell us three things about yourself?

We are a seven-piece rock band from Montreal that started in 2017 as a tribute to guitarist Takeshi Terauchi.

How would you describe your music?

We think it’s a mix of experimental art-rock, with Japanese-Bulgarian-French-Brazilian influences, cinematic impulse and punk energy.

What are your musical inspirations?

They are endless. Takeshi Terauchi, Nakajima Miyuki, Asakawa Maki, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chakra (from Japan), Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Os Mutantes, Quarteto Em Cy, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, J Dilla, Unwound. . .

What was the first concert you went to?

A Canadian punk band called SCUM The show was for all ages and took place in the gymnasium of a neighborhood school.

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What is the first record you bought?

The first album I bought with my own money was a tape of Never mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols. I was just a kid, bought it from a store in a mall and got banged in the parking lot by a bunch of older kids who stole the tape from me.

What’s your favorite song right now?

Third stream by the Montreal group SUUNS. It’s been my favorite song for quite a while now.

Favorite lyric of all time?

Seriously, nothing comes to mind at the moment, sorry. I should think forever.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

by Sam Cooke A change is coming.

Where can people find your music/more information?

Our website and our Link tree.

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