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Behind the Noise: Interview With Richmond's Poignant Rock Band Telltale

Edited by Anna Mengani

The members of Telltale standing next to each with their vocalist, John, crouching in front.
Photo Credit: Bryce Marshall (@brycexmarshall on Instagram and X)

Richmond, Virginia's rock band Telltale has been drawing everyone's attention since they announced their long-awaited debut self-titled album, which is set to drop on May 17th, 2024. Leaving their pop-punk sound behind in exchange for a richly matured, darker rock sound, they dropped their first single for the album, 'Otherside,' on December 1st, 2023. Since then, they've kept the ball of momentum rolling with each single release leading to the album release. We had the opportunity to talk with John Carteret (Vocalist) and Tim Fogg (Bassist) to discuss their upcoming album, their unconventional writing process, and more!


Iceis: I figured we [should] just start with a few random fun questions to get us started. So, the first one is, if you were to assign a song to an ice cream flavor, what would you choose?

Tim: I really like Kesha. So, we're gonna take ‘TiK ToK’ by Kesha, and we're gonna put that [with] rainbow sherbert ice cream. Something with a lot of colors and stuff.

Iceis: That would be sick. I haven’t heard much from Kesha recently.

John: Oh, I like this one. I like this one a lot. I would assign 'kissinginacarcrash’ off [of our] new record to Rocky Road Ice Cream. That song is about a very, very rocky road in life, so to speak. [My] final answer [is] ‘kissinginacarcrash’ [is] Rocky Road.

Iceis: Well, Rocky Road is just a flavor car crash anyway, so it works [perfectly].

John: Exactly. See, [you’re] picking up what I'm putting down.

 

Iceis: If you had to delete three apps off of your phone right now, [which ones] do you think you would choose?

John: Probably all [of] the ones that take up too much of my time. So, [X]. TikTok can stay around. TikTok is kind of fun. Instagram, because I get tired of doom-scrolling on that one. And I have this little air horn app that I really need to get rid of ‘cause it's super bad. I'll run around at work sometimes just air-horning people, and I know it's not a good look, so that one would be my third pick.

Iceis: Did you pay for the air horn, though?

John: No, no, I did not pay for the app itself. But there are in-app purchases where you can buy other sounds for the air horn. So, yeah, I may have spent a little bit of money there.

Iceis: At least you get different sounds [from the] air horn instead of just one air horn. You get a bang for your buck, at least.

John: There's one [that sounds] like that iconic movie scream that they would use in the 40s when people [were] falling. There's one that does that. And then [there are] a few Migos ones in there. It's pretty great.

Tim: I’d delete Instagram as well. I don't really use it personally. Probably FanDuel. I'm pretty big into sports gambling. That's one of my vices, but I enjoy it here and there. Then, I would say [X]. [I’m] on there seeing what's going on, but I feel like I'd be more productive without it.

 

Iceis: If you had to wake up and listen to the same song every morning for a year, what song would it be?

John: Tim, I already know yours, but go ahead.

Tim: I'm gonna go with ‘Higher’ by Creed. I just love Creed. Not in an ironic way. [I] legitimately really like Creed.

John: I had this one as my alarm clock all throughout high school. It was honestly great. I never got tired of it. But it was ‘Chop Suey!’ by System Of A Down ‘cause the first line of the song is “Wake up.” [It’s] just very fitting. He's yelling at you right away, but it's fun, though. It's not like he's yelling at you in a mean way. It's like he's yelling at you in a fun way.

Iceis: Well, that's a nice vibe to wake up to.

John: Yeah, it gets you pumped, but not so pumped that you're like, "Today is gonna be a bad day.” ‘Cause if I get too pumped in the morning, it gets me all manic. And then [for] the rest of the day, I'm going too fast, and I usually burn out.

 

Iceis: If you were going to make a playlist name for your entire discography, what would it be?

Tim:  I think John made one on Spotify and named it The Telltale Heart, so I think I'm gonna [steal] that and just say The Telltale Heart.

Iceis: That means John has to come up with a new one.

John: Yeah, yeah, you're right. Honestly, that one was [created when] we needed to make a playlist super quick of all our main songs, just for algorithm things. I don't understand the Internet. It baffles me. But if I were to come up with a new playlist name, I would call it Sad But Doing Better because all of our stuff is super sad. But as of recently, I'd say overall, we're doing better.

Iceis: That would make a solid playlist name, and it would be on brand.

John: That's a perfect playlist name.

 

Iceis: And finally, what's the most random fact that you can tell me right now?

Tim: So, the first band I was in in high school was called Granite because we were going to be hard rock. Pretty sweet, right? We could have been the next Motley Crue. But alas, I realized it was horrible.

Iceis: Well, nothing is ever good in high school. You should have saved it. Telltale could have been Granite.

Tim: I mean, shit, we might be. You never know.

Iceis: You’ll have a name change in ten years. It’ll work out perfectly.

Tim: Yeah, it's just hard rock, and all the song titles are different rock types.

Iceis: Different minerals on the periodic table.

Tim: There you go. The concept is already there. I'm sure someone's gonna read this and steal my idea. So, go for it. It's all there for you.

Iceis: There we go. [A] million-dollar idea.

John: I don't have any fun facts. I'm not fun or factual.

Tim: You played in that metalcore band, right?

John: Yeah. I was trying to find an actual little factoid. Something [really] crazy. Like a mind-blower type deal. I really liked those facts about how you don't know time like you think you do. Like the pyramids were constructed closer, [actually],  I don't know. I'm not gonna finish that. But anyway, yeah, I used to be really into metalcore. Metalcore [was] the only thing I did before Telltale, honestly. I was the screamer, too. I played bass in the band, but I was really into that screamy, yelly mosh pity stuff. It was a good time. I thought anything that wasn't super heavy was for lame-Os.

Iceis: Doesn't that make you the lame-O now because you're not in a screamo band?

John: Absolutely, and I live by that every day. I'm not here to be cool. I'm not here to show up to an interview with my shades on. I'm just some guy talking about how he's really depressed in song form.

Iceis: You gotta go through the emo [to] pop-punk rabbit hole to get to metalcore if you don't grow up with it.

John: It's definitely a gateway genre. Especially back in the Warped Tour days, I feel like you'd go to see the band you really [wanted] to see on [the] main stage, but then you'd be walking around, [and] you [would] pass by the Monster Energy skate stage, or [there] was a Skullcandy stage that one year, and you're like, "Oh, this is kind of sick!”

Iceis: There's always a gateway into a new genre or subgenre. You just gotta find the right genre or band that leads you into it.

 

Iceis: You guys have been around for a hot minute. So, I don't feel like we need to go over your origin story. But I can ask a [more fun] version of that. And that is, if there was a historical fiction movie based on Telltale, what would the plot be?

John: I guess it would be very styled after a Roman Empire historical film [where] you [have] to rise to power. I don't know what I'm saying. But I like the feel of the Roman Empire. Also, the record label we're on right now, Rude Records, is based in Milan, Italy. So, I feel like we could definitely tell it to them. [We can be] like, "Hey, Rome.”

Iceis: That’s part of the next album rollout. [It's] not this one, but the next one you’ll have in a few years, where you just have a Telltale movie. The plot’s being spun right here right now.

Tim: There we go. Or National Treasure 4. I don't know. I'm big into National Treasure. So, anything with Nick Cage. Nick Cage can play John.

John: Yo, I’d be so down!

Iceis: What do you think your origin story for y'all would be in this movie?

Tim: Maybe we steal Warped Tour, [and that’s equivalent to] stealing the Declaration of Independence. Something like that. Or I steal The Canal Club.

John: [At] Warped Tour, we steal the giant inflatable with the band names on it and then put it outside of the show every night with just our band name on it.

Tim: It's branding.

John: That's the brand.

Iceis: That's a perfect plot right there.

Tim: Yeah, there you go.

 

Iceis: I feel like for everyone, there's that distinct moment growing up when you realize that this is what you want to do in life. What did that moment look like for each of you?

Tim: Back when I joined the band, I was working [in] downtown Richmond at this Realty place called CoStar. I did commercial real estate research. I [started] taking [things] more seriously [when] we signed [our] record deal to SharpTone [Records] and had our first tour lined up. That was the moment [when] I decided I was gonna quit my "real job” and pursue music. It was really fun and liberating. [Otherwise], I would just be working a nine-to-five job [all day]. Suddenly [going] from that to playing shows with a bunch of bands I grew up listening to is pretty sick. That was the moment I was just like, "Yeah, why not? Might as well go for it."

Iceis: Nine to fives are boring as hell. No one wants to do that for the rest of their lives.

Tim: No, not at all. [They’re] not that fun.

John: Right when the band started, I was in college at the time, and [I wasn’t] doing super well. I couldn't pay my bills. I couldn't pay my tuition. [I was] just struggling [really] hard, but I thought I had to go to school because that's what I'd always been told I was supposed to do. And then Travis and Bryce called me up one day, and they were like, "Hey, do you want to do a band? but like, for real, do a band?” ‘Cause my previous band had just broken up, and their previous band had just broken up. [We were] like, "[We] feel like we know how to at least kind of do this thing.” So, we got together, and we wrote a tiny EP really early on. I felt really good about the songs, and I was like, "I think we're gonna just do this now. This is going to be better than what I was doing.” So, [it’s] kind of similar to Tim's story, but [I was in] a little bit [of a] different [place] in life at the time.

 

Iceis: What do you think you would be doing if you weren't in Telltale right now?

John: I probably would have finished my degree. I'd probably be doing GEICO ads in some office building in downtown Richmond.

Tim: I did commercial real estate research. I, hopefully, wouldn't be doing that. I actually have a degree in mechanical engineering. So, I'd probably be using that. I really like nuclear power. So, I would probably [be] working at the Lake Anna power plant or something [down in] Western Virginia.

Iceis: Gotcha. So, John would be making GEICO commercials, and you would be a mad scientist.

Tim: That's the goal. That's the end goal. We'll see.

John: We all would say that.

Iceis: You gotta have a good mechanic or science guy somewhere. You always have to know a guy that does something. The more guys you know, the better.

Tim: I used to know how to do things. Now, I just know how to book shows and shit post on [X].

 

Iceis: Over the years, you guys have put out some Eps. Lie Your Way Out came out a couple [of] years ago. Even Timeless Youth was more of an extended EP. I feel like it wasn't a full album, but it wasn’t super short, either. And you put out singles between those. Right now, you’re getting ready to put out your first full-length album. Congratulations! What made you feel like now is the time to really sit down and create a full-length album?

Tim: Going back [to] the Timeless Youth EP, the seven songs on there and ‘What A Shame,’ ‘Won't Be Me,’ and ‘Breathe’ [were] actually supposed to be our first debut LP. But we were such a baby band at the time that we didn't feel like that was the best move to release a record when [we only had] a couple thousand monthly listeners. So, we saved some of the poppier singles for later on after we had established ourselves. I think it worked out pretty well. That was technically supposed to be our first one. But this one [that’s] coming up right now, the self-titled. I think it's the purest collection of music we've written. It's very cohesive and feeds into all of our influences, and it talks about our world currently.  We've grown a lot since the pop-punk tracks we put out. And now, we've shifted into more of a modern, grunge, rock, pop sound. It's been something we've really wanted to put out for a long time and now's the time. I hope people like it. We shall see.

Iceis: Luckily, I did get to listen to y’all’s album before this. First off, that goes super hard. It is very easy to listen to [from] front to back because it is very cohesive. Everything has a distinct [style] that [matches] each other, but at the same time, everything is different enough to keep you interested, which is cool. It's a lot different [from] the prior stuff that y'all were doing. What you were doing before was a lot more of [a] pop-punk and rock hybrid, but this is a lot more rock-driven.

Tim: What you just said [is] literally what we wrote the record to be like. It sounds weird because you just said it. But if I were to tell somebody [about this album], that's what it would be. So, that's really sick that somebody already picked up on that, and [nobody has] really heard it [yet]. So, that's really cool.

 

Iceis: Your album art gives Edgar Allan Poe meets Alfred Hitchcock vibes, which is very on-brand. What was the idea behind the album art?

John: We wanted something to look like [a] protagonist on a journey. But we didn't want it to be based on a person or a figure being that protagonist. We also didn't want it to be too directly correlated to any one specific journey. So, the general idea is [that the] raven [as] the focal point represents me. [It] represents us. [It] represents the band. And then behind it, it's this swirling, almost hellscape-like super dark imagery to represent an unpredictable journey of sorts because the album is just the [band’s] and my own personal journey over the past five years. So, we wanted to keep it loosely representative of that.

 

Iceis: From a composition point [of view], you do have some red color pops within that super dark artwork. There might be no correlation, but I read The Tell-tale Heart. For reference, there is a point that [the] story says, “His eye was like the eye of a vulture, the eye of one of those terrible birds that watch and wait while an animal dies, and then fall upon the dead body and pull it to pieces to eat it.” So, I was curious if that [had] a correlation to the composition or if that was just really accidental, but "Sure. We did it on purpose.”

John: I'm not gonna lie about it. No, it was not on purpose at all.

Tim: So, we [tied] in a bunch of red to the album artwork. It wasn't directly related to The Tell-tale Heart. But we pulled a lot of influence from Boston Manor’s Welcome to the Neighbourhood. We just really love that color palette of [that’s] really dark [with] red, gray, [and] white. And the way they put the red into their different branding. It was just something that [we wanted to do] when we first started the whole album rollout and the cycle of the singles. [We] just [wanted to] make it very uniform from front to back. You could see the progression of different visuals. So, yeah, that's how [it] ended up [like that], but it wasn't directly correlated to the actual Poe poem, though.

Iceis: well, you can always say it was if anybody brings it up again.

Tim: I probably will.

 

Iceis: Within your discography, you do have some variety within your sound. However, moving forward, I wonder how that's going to evolve with this [new] album forward. Obviously, everything has a very distinct telltale sound. What elements do you feel Make your music distinctly identifiable to you?

John: It’s funny because I feel like we’re just now really finding our sound. I think our music is very bipolar. It’s raw guitars mixed with dance beats and nice singalongs mixed with screaming. The ups and downs make our sound. 

Tim: We always like to call our music self-[deprecating] alt-rock. So, if you listen to like ‘Rose,’ or any of the songs, they sound happier, but then when you really dive into [the] lyrics, [they’re] self-[deprecating]. Our most popular songs are the ones where we just get really real about whatever is going on. So, ‘Lie Your Way Out’ [is] about some deeper stuff. ‘Hereditary’ is about suicide, and ‘Rose’ is about some broken relationships and stuff. So, I think when people listen, they want to hear certain chord progressions or different things lyrically, and then in the verses, [we] make it our own thing. We don't try [to] really stand out, but we just want to make people feel something when they listen to the song. That's the goal for us.

Iceis: Well, I feel like that's the point of music. To make you feel something because I feel like it's easier to get hooked into and enjoy something that you can actually relate to versus something that's written about something you can't make any connection to at all, but hey, it has a catchy chorus, at least. So, [that’s] always an important aspect of it.

 

Iceis: With this album, what was something you knew you had to integrate into it to make it sound signature to Telltale?

John: There’s this certain chord structure Bryce plays that makes its way onto every record. We call them "Basement” chords because they give off that mid-2000s post-grunge feel, and [they] are super characteristic of the band Basement. They always make any track a bit moodier and are a must-have for us.

Tim: We use a lot of warmer chords and stuff. I don't know how to describe it, but it's basically these sadder chords. Movements [use] them. Bryce is really good at picking out a [few] really happy notes and one sad note, and then we'll build a progression around that. It just has this hint of like, "Oh, that's cool, but it's kind of sad, too.” We always look for different chords and feels in the song. We seek out [things like that] when we write. And then lyrically, everybody just deep dives into their bag of whatever [is] going on. That's normally how we get the best songs. Somebody will go through something that's somewhat traumatic, and then [we’ll] be like, “Cool. Well, this is probably a song. I don't know if you want it to be one or not, but it's probably going to end up being something.”

Iceis: I feel like they can turn into some of the best songs, too, because that's more genuine as well. I feel like people can hear that through the listening experience, at least.

Tim: Yeah, I feel like I write my best stuff when I'm at a low point. Lyrically, if I know it's just going [really] downhill, then I'll be like, "Let's just take out the Notes app or my notebook and jot down whatever I'm feeling.” And [normally] it ends up being something. So, it's good and bad. I use the band as an outlet to release some of the thoughts that I wouldn't put on the internet, or I wouldn't say to other people. But yeah, [that’s what] I use it for. It's definitely nice to just get things out. Art comes in many forms. Even if it's just writing whatever down, it's definitely helpful, I think, for humans overall.

Iceis: Why go to therapy when you can have a creative outlet?

Tim: Exactly.

 

Iceis: When you were writing for this new album, what did the creative process look like from start to finish for it?

Tim: John likes to write things on [the] piano, and he likes to make these trap interlude beats. Like weird Nine Inch Nails-type beats. And obviously, that's not what our band actually sounds like. So, we'll take these piano progressions or little different beats, pull out all the notes in the song, and build a chord progression around that in the studio. Same with some of Bryce's guitar writing. Sometimes, he writes things that are a bit too heavy. So, we'll [be] like, "Hey, we like that note. And then let's pair it with this note.” Then, we build the drums around that, and then we build the vocals around that. I think we write a little bit [unconventionally] in comparison to most bands because we all contribute. I feel like most bands [normally] have one or two primary songwriters. But the way that we do it is we just sit down with the producer. We sat down with Alan Day and picked out things that were cool in the demos. And then we can build an entire song off [of] hearing one or two [unique] notes. It's just how we write. It's very weird, but it's kind of how it goes.

Iceis: Sometimes, the most unconventional way is the best way sometimes. It definitely gives you a variety of experiences, I'm sure, with each song.

Tim: Yeah, it definitely yields a lot of different things. Sometimes, we might [use] some of the different beats or different production elements in a song and just sprinkle in the background [something] new [for the] song. But yeah, it allows us to do a lot of different things and incorporate a lot of different, weird influences that we have.

 

Iceis: What do you think [are] some of the similarities and differences [between] the way you wrote this album versus your past work?

Tim: Similarities would be just bringing 30 seconds or a minute of a chord progression or a very small demo to the producer we're working with. The last couple of times we were writing, we didn't have as much time during the Timeless Youth and Lie Your Way Out records. We didn't have as much time to sit down and reflect on the songs. But [for] this upcoming record, we [basically] had almost a month in the studio. We went to record it in Springfield, Massachusetts. There's nothing really there at all. It's just us inside of this old New England-style church, and it was kind of haunted. And [we were] living next to a graveyard for a month. It pulled out lots of dark, wintry things that we weren't expecting. Because we normally would write in LA or in Richmond, and it would be summertime, and we would be like, "Oh cool, haha. Pop-punk stuff.” But this one was [done in] the wintertime. It was snowing, and [we were] in Massachusetts. It [felt] darker. That's what we wanted.

Iceis: Well, and the album itself has a darker tone to it, period. So, maybe it’s channeling the winter deserted graveyard vibes.

Tim: I hope so. That's what we're kind of going for. Because Lie Your Way Out was recorded in LA in seventy-[degree] sunny weather. That's cool, but we can be pretty emo. And we wanted it to be fully recorded on the East Coast in cold weather. We wanted to get weird with it. So, I think we accomplished it.

Iceis: Maybe you'll need to change your environment for the next record and see what happens.

Tim: We've been talking about maybe going out to the desert, like Phoenix [or] New Mexico, and renting a house. Or a beach or something in the Outer Banks, but we shall see. We’re gonna start demoing some stuff here in the next couple of weeks. So, we'll see. We recorded that record last year. Maybe we'll put out some singles later in the year, depending on how this album’s received. We'll see.

Iceis: Yeah, it’s definitely a long process between albums, especially when you're touring. So, it's time management.

Tim: Yeah, it's hard to get everyone together [and] get everything going. But we've got the train rolling again, so it should be easier.

 

Iceis: You guys have been marketing your music as "Comfort music for sad people.” [This] is a great marketing standpoint, but if you were going to use a lyric [of] a song on this upcoming album for a new catchphrase, what do you think you would choose?

John: "I don’t want to be a letdown anymore.” It appears seven times on the album

Tim: It's funny you bring that up. So, [during] the last tour that we did with Sundressed last year, we were trying to come up with some simple merch items, and I was like, "You know, what every kid has is that neck-deep, generic pop-punk shirt. You can go to any pop-punk show, and some [kid Is] wearing that. For whatever reason, it's in a different text [and] different colorway.” And I was like, “Maybe we should just rip that, and I'll just make up something stupid.” So, I literally just made that design in 30 seconds, and I was like, “This would probably sell.” And that's our most popular shirt now. It's just funny. But yeah, for this upcoming album, I like the idea of saying, “Take me to the other side.” I don't think anything [corresponds] as well as the comfort music thing. You're right. It's a total marketing gimmick.

Iceis: Well, I mean sad music is comfort music for sad people. So, in retrospect, it's a factual statement.

Tim: There you go. I was trying to sell some shirts, but, genuinely, people have also told us, "Your music brings us [a] certain level of comfort.” And I'm like, “All right, cool. Well, this is what we get.”

 

Iceis: I have a sentence here that has a couple of blanks that I would like you to fill in for me. “Telltale is the best album to listen to when you want to blank because blank.”

John: “Telltale is the best album to listen to when you’re feeling conflicted because it’s an album about choices and outcomes. Some good, some bad. Maybe you’ll find some guidance.” 

Tim: "Telltale is the best album to listen to when you're sad and you're dealing with interpersonal thoughts and questioning your moral character because the lyrics and the music make you think introspectively about who you are in the relationships that you have.”

Iceis: Hey, that's a deep answer. I’ll take it.

Tim: I like writing music, but I only write my good stuff when I have something really dark inside to say or when I want somebody to think about something.  My favorite bands are Rage Against The Machine and Stray From The Path. They always have thought-provoking lyrics, and I really strive to make the listener think more about the context of the song and how they can take that and apply it to whatever they're doing.

 

Iceis: As we're speaking right now, you guys are preparing to go out on tour with 408, Silly Goose, Crooked Teeth, and Greywind on the Hot Mess tour. That's exciting. After the album comes out? What are some songs you’re really looking forward to playing live?

John: ‘Take Your Time,’ ‘MONSTER,’ and ‘w2b.’ They each have their own merits but are all high energy.

Tim: Yeah, I think the first track off the record. We named it ‘w2b.’ It really means Want To Be. That song is really cool to play. I think it has a cool chorus. And I think playing ‘Not The Type,’ which is the last song on the record, [it] has like a [The] Weeknd dance beat in there [and] a big finishing chorus at the end very similar to The Home Team. [We were] going for something like that for that song. So, I'm really looking forward to playing [those two eventually].

 

Iceis: Is there a song you’re really excited to see the live reactions of off the album?

John: ‘MONSTER’ for sure. We’re playing it on this upcoming tour with 408, and I just think the bouncy, rock-and-roll energy is going to transfer well to a live set. 

Tim: Maybe ‘EDDY’ because it has the metalcore breakdown. That's the heaviest song on the album. I come from a background of hardcore [and] metalcore [music], too. So, I want people to be active in the crowd if that's something they feel led to do by the song. So, I'm curious to see if anybody starts any pits or anything. Or whatever [the] crowd reaction will be.

Iceis: That is exciting. And y’all went way too hard on that breakdown. I was not expecting the metalcore breakdown. I feel like we can just call that song punk core. I don't think there was a better description than that.

Tim: We were [going] for that Stray From The Path [sounding] breakdown. Writing with [our] guitar player for four years strong on this, I was like, "Yeah, I know you can write a breakdown. Help us write one. Let's just do it. why not?” And [he was] like, "Oh, yeah!” So, it was a cool thing to do. I don't know if it totally translates super well, but it was fun writing it.

Iceis: It fits the song perfectly. Y’all have worked in breakdowns with your previous stuff so it definitely fits.

Tim: Thank you. I'm glad!

 

Iceis: When people are done listening to your music for the first time, what feeling or thought do you want them to leave with?

John: Honestly, I hope they’re confused in a way that makes them need to listen again. I don’t want to make music that’s totally digestible on a first pass.

Tim: I want them to leave with a feeling of introspectiveness or thinking about their relationships with people. I think [that] one cool thing that music can do is make you think about somebody by listening to a song. I like listening to John Mayer a lot because I think his lyrics make me think about my family or other people in my life that I don't talk to anymore. I just think listening to his music or people [in general] can invoke that feeling. It's really special. So yeah, just an introspectiveness

 

Iceis: Post album [release], is there anything you are excited to have occur professionally or personally or both? [Or anything you’d like to achieve with the momentum from this album]?

John: I can’t wait to start writing again. I’ve never been good at writing on the road, and we finish five weeks of shows right as the album comes out. So, it will be good to get back in my little bedroom studio and cook. 

Tim: From this album, I really want to do a Europe tour. We have a big European fan base that we've never played in front of or anything. ‘Cause Rude Records is Italian-based. And then when [we were] on SharpTone, we had a bunch of German listeners and stuff. So, I'd love to get over there and play a tour after this record does its thing. And maybe get a Taco Bell commercial. I don't know if we're cool enough for that, but it seems like whoever's putting those ads together these days is pretty hip with the scene. So, [it] would be fun.

Iceis: That would be the most epic thing. A Telltale Taco Bell ad. Imagine having a Telltale Taco Bell item. That would be sick.

Tim: That would be. We did a Telltale Taco Bell shirt collab a couple [of] years ago because we used to be on their program, Feed the Beat, and they gave us a bunch of gift cards when we were doing touring and stuff. So, we basically ripped off the Taco Bell logo and just made it Telltale. We love Taco Bell.

Iceis: If you're gonna have cheap, fast food on the road, Taco Bell is one of the better options.

Tim: Yeah, it's solid. They got some good stuff over there.


Telltale is currently on tour with 408, Silly Goose, Crooked Teeth, and Graywind on the Hot Mess tour. You can find more information on their website. They're also playing a hometown record release acoustic show on May 21st at the Plan 9 record store. You can find more information here.

 

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