Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes)


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Stephen Lawrie grew up with music. His dad was approached by Chas Chandler before he signed Jimi Hendrix. But his band broke up before they signed a contract and were lost to history. But his father’s love of music transferred to Stephen. He remembers being mesmerized by guitars as a toddler. He formed The Telescopes in the late 80’s and has been the only consistent member. In fact, the most consistent thing about The Telescopes has been change. Whether it’s band members or the sound of the music itself, no Telescopes album is the same as the previous ones.

Stephen admits that the band stopped doing anything when he lost the inspiration to write. He also admitted that sometimes he’s been more inspired by what he DIDN’T want to do than by what he wanted to do. He tells me how the 4th Telescopes album was a direct result of not being able to play the third album live! And speaking of live Telescopes, the band has a policy of never turning their amps off during a live show. They just see how long it takes for the venue to turn them off!

Check out Stephen and The Telescopes on the socials, pick up The Telescopes albums on Bandcamp. Also check out Foam Giant, a new project he’s been collaborating on. Check us out @PerformanceAnx on social media. Rate & review episodes! You can support the show through or Remember to check out all the other great shows on the Pantheon Podcast Network. And thank you for listening to Stephen Lawrie on Performance Anxiety.

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