Cardiff Queers ‘TELGATE’ release blistering new single ‘Gammon’ on Saturday 1st of April. A glam rock-guitar driven thunderbolt that’s a good old fashioned fuck off in the face of all things right-wing. An exhilarant musical statement towards the current state of the British nation.
With crashing drums and atmospheric 70’s fuzz-wah guitar; ‘Gammon’ hypnotises with a triumphant return to form for a band that are destined for a huge future. ‘Gammon’ is exactly what the rest of us are thinking, and a sincere anthem for change.
With a duty to start riots in 6’’ platforms, expect fierce androgyny and in-your-face performances along with music which is unapologetically queer, loud, and honest from Aggro-Glam band, TELGATE. Their major musical influences include early psychedelia, glam rock, post punk, and riot grrrl. Paint your lips red and prepare to fall in lust with the queerest side of rock and roll.
TELGATE stand out with their dramatic performances, androgynous looks, incendiary rock and roll sound and outspoken message. They are known for taking live shows that one step further, really drawing in the attention of the crowd with their theatrics and intimately engaging with the audience. The more bizarre the better, they take pride in their shows being an experience to remember.
Through using their platforms to speak up on trans liberation, collaborating with the likes of local drag acts, LGBT musicians and artists at their shows – TELGATE have also contributed towards pioneering a scene of queer grassroots music in South Wales.
The band released their singles ‘Cherrytight’ in 2019 and ‘Love Zone’ in 2021 which were met with an array of airplay, inciting Adam Walton of BBC Wales to describe lead singer Casper’s voice as one that is “soon to become iconic”. In 2022 TELGATE independently organised a UK mini-tour, played Focus Wales festival, headlined London kink nights along with sold-out headlines in England and Wales which drew in eccentric and energetic crowds.
Within this same year, TELGATE released a charity album (New Moons XVI) with the music federation in collaboration with fellow badass LGBT bands and women in rock such as Nova Twins, Amyl and The Sniffers and KT Tunstall for Reclaim These Streets which received acclaim from NME, Kerrang, Louder and more.
Following a busy year of gigging, TELGATE returned to the studio in Summer 2022 to record their next single “Gammon” – a gritty musical protest to the political climate of the UK set to be released April 1st 2023.
TELGATE kicked off 2023 with a sellout headline upstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach, followed by a sold out show at Rough Trade East (London) which was recorded for the BBC, who have awarded TELGATE with the 2023 BBC Horizons launchpad fund to record new music this year. To celebrate their new music video release on April 20th, they will be headlining The Globe (Cardiff), and will also be headlining the Saturday night of All Roads
Festival (Glastonbury) in April. In May they will be performing at Focus Wales Festival (Wrexham) followed by a May U.K. tour with Canadian art-punk duo, Grimelda who released a collaborative single with TELGATE called “Freedom” in February 2023.
FFO: Pavlov’s Dog, The Distillers, Concrete Blonde, L7, Hole, Joan Jett, Pearl Jam, The Stooges, Deep Purple, Jane’s Addiction.