Artist Name: Tenek
CD Title: Stateless
Reviewer: Linda Bennett
Band Members: Geoff Pinckney - Vocals, Programming, Synths & Bass
Peter Steer - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synths & Programming
Home towns: Brighton & Hove, South United Kingdom
Tenek's debut album 'STATELESS' was released through the TOFFEETONES label on the 20th March 2009. The first single from the album 'Where's The Time?' was released on Monday 20th October 2008 achieving a number 2 position in the Dutch Underground Charts. The second single 'Submission' was released on the 23rd February 2009, succeeded to number 1 in the DUC. Their popularity is growing throughout the UK and Europe. They are very true to their Electro - Alternative musical roots. You can hear the influences of Gary Numan & Tubeway Army, John Foxx, Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby, Heaven 17, OMD, Cabaret Voltaire, Yello, Shriekback, Icehouse, Soft Cell, Duran Duran, Human League, Blancmange, Devo, Yazoo, Ultravox, Visage, Trevor Horn, Propaganda, Kraftwerk, New Order, Mesh, Chemical Brothers, Timo Maas, Peter Gabriel, NIN, The Prodigy, Röyksopp, De/Vision, Goldfrapp, The Crystal Method, Massive Attack, Leftfield, Air, Infusion, Underworld, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Renegade Soundwave, and Faithless in Tenek's songs. The sharpness of Tenek's sound and the precision of their delivery indicates they are a talented musical group resembling a finely cut, highly polished diamond. 'Submission' Track 2 has a gripping bass-line combined with a simplicity of lyrics and melody while being the essence of musically hypnotic. Beware this will continue to play in your head long after you put the Track in it's holding place. Track 4 'Where Is The Time?' The sophisticated beats create the feeling of being in a ticking clock the size of Big Ben, a strangely appealing adventure. Track 6 'Fatality' should be the theme song for a 'James Bond' sequel, with action, intrigue, well tailored gents, and slinky femmes. Number 7 Track was precisely and musically well done but a bit bland. Track 8 'Less is More' had a good beat but I personally think it needs a little more. The title track 'Stateless' and 'Sombre Friday' showed what this group is made of and a glimpse into their musical potential. They have everything they need, however I continued to feel the sensation of knowing they are capable of more, perhaps they are playing it a little safe. All in all a great CD - Buy it!
Check out the band at: http://www.myspace.com/tenekuk