The Telescopes announces ‘Everything Must Be’ video, Europe tour for ‘Stone Tape’ album

The Telescopes announces ‘Everything Must Be’ video, Europe tour for ‘Stone Tape’ album

If you didn’t think 2017 was exciting enough for Creation Records shoegaze-psych rock legends THE TELESCOPES, between their two album releases and extensive touring, 2018 certainly gives signs that the band will be just as active. This week brings their new video for ‘Everything Must Be’ off their ‘Stone Tape’ LP.This coming Friday, January 26 is also the first date for their new Europe tour in support of this album.

“Every sound you ever heard was but a preliminary exercise in hearing, for the all embracing maelstrom of The Telescopes” – Melody Maker (1989)

“Droney and draggy in the best psychedelic way with Telescopes’ kingpin Stephen Lawrie in a swaying chant capable of sending you into a glazed daze. Close your eyes for added effect and hit repeat – by the end of round 3 you’ll be hitting the peyote sands of shamanic trance territory” – Louder Than War (2017)

“While only six songs long, the record leaves quite a bruise behind… Don’t operate any heavy machinery while this is spilling through your earbuds” – Paste Magazine

The Telescopes present the new video for their ambient bliss-trance track ‘Everything Must Be’, one of six tracks found on their new ‘Stone Tape’ album, released via Rome-based label Yard Press. This video was created by Michele Manfellotto, following up album lead tracks ‘The Desert In Your Heart’ and ‘Silent Water’, which premiered in Louder Than War and Paste Magazine respectively.

The band will also be heading across Europe on a 13-date tour in support of this album, which kicks off Friday, January 26. 2017 was a highly eventful year for The Telescopes, having toured Europe in late autumn for their ninth album ‘As Light Return’, released via Tapete Records. earlier that year.

The Telescopes ‘Stone Tape’ album inaugurates Yard Press’ new series of record productions. Curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri, this endeavor is rooted in the desire to create albums that are developed in close collaboration with the artists involved. The starting point is to create a concept album specially designed for Yard Press, within a free environment without creative limits, where artists can pursue the most experimental and conceptual projects.

‘Stone Tape’ is a concept album inspired by the “Stone Tape Theory”, theorized by Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. The archaeologist, parapsychologist and explorer developed the idea that inanimate materials can absorb energy from living beings, and that this mental electrical energy, released during emotional or traumatic events, could somehow be “stored” in such materials and “reproduced” under certain conditions.

It has been 30 years since Stephen Lawrie founded The Telescopes. One of the more interesting bands to be on Creation Records, influencing The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the whole shoegaze, space rock and psych movements, The Telescopes are the creative vision of Stephen Lawrie with a revolving line up. Formed in 1987, they released their first record in 1988, a split flexi-disc with Loop.  A string of releases followed for Cheree Records, What Goes On Records and Creation Records, each one hitting the higher reaches of the UK independent charts, some of them making it into the UK mainstream charts.
Not long after touring with Spacemen 3, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Telescopes were headlining tours themselves with support from the likes of Slowdive, Ride, The Cranes, Bleach, Bark Psychosis and Whipping Boy. The band eventually transitioned from their noise origins towards a more brooding psychedelic sound.

Following the release of their second album in 1992, Lawrie put the group on hold, returning in 2002 with a renewed vigour. The late great John Peel, for whom they recorded two sessions, heralded their return and championed their ‘Third Wave’ album, exclaiming “The Telescopes have resurfaced and I am amazed and glad they are still practicing their mysterious art”.

A string of releases followed. The Wire magazine described them as having “a very real and crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop”. The NME again found them ‘in another universe altogether, incredible”. Julian Cope championed two of their releases on his Head Heritage site, referring to their “suspended-in-space magnificence”.

In 2011, Portishead invited them to play the first ever ATP festival in London. The next year, The Black Angels / Reverberation Appreciation Society invited them to the Austin Psych Fest. 2014 brought their seventh release ‘HARM’ on Neon Sigh, involving members of LSD & The Search For God and BJM, which Drowned In Sound called “a visceral exercise in harshly constructed noise”.

The Telescopes then released two critically acclaimed albums through Tapete Records – ‘Hidden Fields’ and ‘As Light Return’, offering some of the band’s most crucial listening so far. Following pulverising performances at both Manchester and Liverpool Psych festivals this year, The Telescopes are set to release their tenth album in November on Yard Press.

‘Stone Tape’ is available digitally and as a vinyl limited edition of 500 copies via Yard Press, a label nurturing innovative cultural content, including visual works, underground events, books, and now music. It is available to order at or via Bandcamp at

1 Become The Sun
2 The Speaking Stones
3 The Desert In Your Heart
4 Everything Must Be
5 Silent Water
6 Dead Inside

Written, produced, arranged and played by Stephen Lawrie
Album photography by Achille Filipponi
Series curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri
Series executive production by Leonardo Mancini


January 26  Ferrara – Korova Milk bar (Stephen Lawrie acoustic)
January 27  Roma – Städlin (Stephen Lawrie acoustic)
February 1  Rouen – Le 3 Piéces
February 3  Paris – La Pointe Lafayette
February 4  Vevey – Session Studio 603
February 5  TBC
February 6  Milano – Kraken
February 7  Firenze – TBC
February 8  Roma – Evol Club
February 9  Fontanafredda – Astro Club
February 10 Recanati – Circolo Dong
February 11 Modena – Arci Dude
February 12 Geneve – TBC


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