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Tellison Say Silence(Heaven & Earth) Video by Adam Powell now live on Tellison’s website

| On 13, May 2011

TELLISON are proud to present the Adam Powell (The King Blues, Gallows, Example, Raekwon) directed video for ‘Say Silence’, live 11am from

Set to release the brilliant brand new album ‘The Wages Of Fear’ through Naim Edge Records on June 13th 2011/ Headline tour throughout June/ 2000 Trees and Y Not Festivals confirmed


TELLISON are proud to reveal the brand new, Wes Anderson plus Men From Uncle plus Thunderbirds-esque, Adam Powell directed promo video for their new single ‘Say Silence’ from 11am today, Monday 9th May their website here –

The band are also finally set to release their much anticipated, brand new, Peter Miles (Futures, Frank Turner, We Are The Ocean, The King Blues) produced sophomore record ‘The Wages Of Fear’ on June the 13th through brand new home, Naim Edge Records. The band have also announced their UK headline tour to promote it, running from release day (13th June) until June 30th, where the guys will play London’s Dingwalls. After a year of writing and a whole summer of recording (and playing Truck Festival), TELLISON relocated to an old stately home in Scotland, got pumped on The Weakerthans, Pedro The Lion, Osker, The GetUp Kids, Phoenix and Bruce Springsteen records and made a mess for a month. The album is amazing. You will love it. Honest.

FULL UK headline tour dates are as follows:
13 Mon, CAMBRIDGE Haymakers

 14 Tue, GUILDFORD Boileroom

15 Wed, WINCHESTER Railway

16 Thu, KINGSTON New Slang


18 Sat, OXFORD, Jericho

20 Mon, LIVERPOOL, Shipping Forecast

21 Tue, NOTTINGHAM Bodega

 22 Wed, LEEDS Brudenell Social Club

23 Thu, STIRLING Tollbooth

24 Fri, EDINBURGH Sneaky Petes

25 Sat, GLASGOW Captains Rest


27 Mon, BIRMINGHAM Flapper

28 Tue, MILTON KEYNES Sno!bar

29 Wed, BRISTOL Croft

30 Thu, LONDON Dingwalls

‘The Wages Of Fear’ is the name of Tellison’s second full-length album. It is also the name of a French film from 1953 directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in which a group of desperate men trapped in a dead-end South American town are hired by a manipulative and dishonest oil company to complete a near suicidal task in the vain hope of earning their passage out of the situation they find themselves in, a situation full of horror because it presents no opportunities and no chance of redemption. Front man Stephen Davidson explains; A lot of the record lyrically is about what it felt like to be in TELLISON after “Contact! Contact!”(the debut album) came out. There was a massive sense of coming so close to something only to brush it and fall short. I took a trip to New York (finally) and thought a lot about what I wanted the new record to be like or even how we were going to make a new record.’

The album is filled to the brim with fun, intelligence, melody, beauty and sadness. Songs that leap out at you from the start and songs that slowly grow and build, working their way into your brain over repeated listens. Meanings behind the tracks vary massively, but as with the album title and everything TELLISON do, they all have meaning, a sense or purpose and a story to tell. ‘Freud links the teeth and the heart’  (‘In ‘’The Interpretation Of Dreams’’ Sigmund Freud manipulates scenarios to fit his intentions. The song is a man telling a joke with tears in his eyes. The very real feeling of toothache seems like a pretty good fit for something as sentimentalised as heartache. In reality both hurt like hell.’), ‘My Wife’s Grave Is In Paris’ (‘I saw Tom Stoppard’s translation of Ivanoff by Chekhov and one line about two thirds of the way through absolutely killed me. The rest of the play just passed in a blur. I wrote this song slowly after that. It’s a lovesong but it doesn’t commit until the final line where it’s supposed to be devastating’), and future single ‘Edith Wharton’ (‘I think Edith Wharton was an incredible writer. The first line of this song states that outright “Edith Wharton knows where it’s at”. Later on in the song I(kind of jokingly) suggest that her twelfth novel The Age Of Innocence is comparable to and in fact better than the rest of creation as ‘’written’’ by God. That’s how good I think she is’).

Live wise, over the last 2 years the band have covered the length and breadth of the UK building up a rabid fan-base, touring extensively as a headline act, along the way playing shows and joining tours with the likes of Good Shoes, I Was A Cub Scout, Walter Shriefels, Gallows, Emmy The Great, Mumford and Sons, Noah & the Whale, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Frank Turner, Biffy Clyro, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sam Sparro, Johnny Foreigner, Esser, Tubelord, Rolo Tomassi and MC RUT.