Music

Telethon's new album Hard Pop is out today!

June 20, 2019

Today my friends in Telethon release their new album Hard Pop everywhere, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been working with them for about a year now and it’s been one of the most inspiring experiences of my career. It's like taking a master class in creativity and ingenuity. Let me explain.


Listening to the way this record turned out, you’d have no idea that merely one month before they went into the studio with producer Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, Deafheaven), it kinda didn’t exist. Vocalist Kevin Tully faced a serious case of writer’s block, and so at the eleventh hour, he scrapped all of his plans to make Hard Pop a concept record about a person investigating mysterious drownings in a small town. Instead, he ended up writing the lyrics to these songs about someone he hasn’t written about in a very, very long time––himself; and the result is an unforgettable album that forms an instant and honest connection with the listener.

photo by jake hardy

The hype around Telethon and Hard Pop has been kinda hard to miss these past couple of months, and a lot of that is due in part to the various music videos and content that they created to promote the release. Whether it’s the band impersonating a family road trip to a sad Midwestern water park in “How Long Do I Let It Go For?,” the almost-didn’t-happen-but-Telethon-fans-saved-the-day video for “Youdon’tinspiremelikeyouusedto,” or the animated lyric video Tully made for “Wanderparty” less than two days before it came out, they really have no shortage of ideas and energy.

They’re constantly thinking up new things to share online with fans and newcomers, too––like this weird sepia-toned bio sheet, or Kevin live-tweeting his first trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on the band’s Twitter account.

And it's all so uniquely-Telethon, nothing fabricated for digital clout's sake. Through embracing the things they love and all the wacky ideas that run through their minds, we all get reminded just how cool it is to be totally uncool. Telethon, as a band, is a constant reminder to embrace yourself and all the quirks about your personality that have made you feel ostracized in the past. It's honestly empowering as fuck.

This is all a huge part of what makes Telethon such a dream band for me to work with, and one that I really think deserves the attention that’s undoubtedly coming their way with this release. They’ve worked their asses off to make this record come to life and I’m honestly just happy to have been a part of their story this past year.


At this point, I know they’re reading this, so let me turn my attention to you now, Telethon. Thank you for putting everything you’ve got into this record, and for making it feel so damn cool to be the underdog––we all see you, and we love the crap outta you! I can’t wait to see you all at Fest this October.

(And hell yeah, I’m coming back to Fest. Surprise!)

Happy release day!

💖JC

Music

Telethon's new album Hard Pop is out today!

June 20, 2019

Today my friends in Telethon release their new album Hard Pop everywhere, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been working with them for about a year now and it’s been one of the most inspiring experiences of my career. It's like taking a master class in creativity and ingenuity. Let me explain.


Listening to the way this record turned out, you’d have no idea that merely one month before they went into the studio with producer Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, Deafheaven), it kinda didn’t exist. Vocalist Kevin Tully faced a serious case of writer’s block, and so at the eleventh hour, he scrapped all of his plans to make Hard Pop a concept record about a person investigating mysterious drownings in a small town. Instead, he ended up writing the lyrics to these songs about someone he hasn’t written about in a very, very long time––himself; and the result is an unforgettable album that forms an instant and honest connection with the listener.

photo by jake hardy

The hype around Telethon and Hard Pop has been kinda hard to miss these past couple of months, and a lot of that is due in part to the various music videos and content that they created to promote the release. Whether it’s the band impersonating a family road trip to a sad Midwestern water park in “How Long Do I Let It Go For?,” the almost-didn’t-happen-but-Telethon-fans-saved-the-day video for “Youdon’tinspiremelikeyouusedto,” or the animated lyric video Tully made for “Wanderparty” less than two days before it came out, they really have no shortage of ideas and energy.

They’re constantly thinking up new things to share online with fans and newcomers, too––like this weird sepia-toned bio sheet, or Kevin live-tweeting his first trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on the band’s Twitter account.

And it's all so uniquely-Telethon, nothing fabricated for digital clout's sake. Through embracing the things they love and all the wacky ideas that run through their minds, we all get reminded just how cool it is to be totally uncool. Telethon, as a band, is a constant reminder to embrace yourself and all the quirks about your personality that have made you feel ostracized in the past. It's honestly empowering as fuck.

This is all a huge part of what makes Telethon such a dream band for me to work with, and one that I really think deserves the attention that’s undoubtedly coming their way with this release. They’ve worked their asses off to make this record come to life and I’m honestly just happy to have been a part of their story this past year.


At this point, I know they’re reading this, so let me turn my attention to you now, Telethon. Thank you for putting everything you’ve got into this record, and for making it feel so damn cool to be the underdog––we all see you, and we love the crap outta you! I can’t wait to see you all at Fest this October.

(And hell yeah, I’m coming back to Fest. Surprise!)

Happy release day!

💖JC

Music

Telethon's new album Hard Pop is out today!

October 18, 2019

Today my friends in Telethon release their new album Hard Pop everywhere, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been working with them for about a year now and it’s been one of the most inspiring experiences of my career. It's like taking a master class in creativity and ingenuity. Let me explain.


Listening to the way this record turned out, you’d have no idea that merely one month before they went into the studio with producer Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, Deafheaven), it kinda didn’t exist. Vocalist Kevin Tully faced a serious case of writer’s block, and so at the eleventh hour, he scrapped all of his plans to make Hard Pop a concept record about a person investigating mysterious drownings in a small town. Instead, he ended up writing the lyrics to these songs about someone he hasn’t written about in a very, very long time––himself; and the result is an unforgettable album that forms an instant and honest connection with the listener.

photo by jake hardy

The hype around Telethon and Hard Pop has been kinda hard to miss these past couple of months, and a lot of that is due in part to the various music videos and content that they created to promote the release. Whether it’s the band impersonating a family road trip to a sad Midwestern water park in “How Long Do I Let It Go For?,” the almost-didn’t-happen-but-Telethon-fans-saved-the-day video for “Youdon’tinspiremelikeyouusedto,” or the animated lyric video Tully made for “Wanderparty” less than two days before it came out, they really have no shortage of ideas and energy.

They’re constantly thinking up new things to share online with fans and newcomers, too––like this weird sepia-toned bio sheet, or Kevin live-tweeting his first trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on the band’s Twitter account.

And it's all so uniquely-Telethon, nothing fabricated for digital clout's sake. Through embracing the things they love and all the wacky ideas that run through their minds, we all get reminded just how cool it is to be totally uncool. Telethon, as a band, is a constant reminder to embrace yourself and all the quirks about your personality that have made you feel ostracized in the past. It's honestly empowering as fuck.

This is all a huge part of what makes Telethon such a dream band for me to work with, and one that I really think deserves the attention that’s undoubtedly coming their way with this release. They’ve worked their asses off to make this record come to life and I’m honestly just happy to have been a part of their story this past year.


At this point, I know they’re reading this, so let me turn my attention to you now, Telethon. Thank you for putting everything you’ve got into this record, and for making it feel so damn cool to be the underdog––we all see you, and we love the crap outta you! I can’t wait to see you all at Fest this October.

(And hell yeah, I’m coming back to Fest. Surprise!)

Happy release day!

💖JC