Having released well received singles by French bands A.H. Kraken, Feeling of Love, The Anals, and The Dictaphone, Sweet Rot returns to France to release the debut 7″ from Strasbourg’s Teledetente 666. Taking elements from all of the aforementioned, Teledetente plays some of the most gnarly sounding, guitar damaged, drum machine punk that we’ve heard since The Anals. The two songs here “Les Rats” and “Panne Sexe” are pretty unrelenting in their all out attack on your senses. Menacingly recorded by Seb Normal. For fans of The Anals, Cheveu, A.H. Kraken, Volt, Pierre & Bastien, etc.


Listen to “Les Rats”


A: Les Rats
B: Panne Sex

Release Date: May 2012

Pressing Info:

1st press: 300 on black (sold out)


From Yellow Green Red:
Thought I had past the point in my life where I’d be interested in any band that uses a “666″ in their name, but here I am, swaying like a maniac to this new Teledetente 666 single. They’ve got a email address, but I knew they were French from the moment the cruddy drum machine clanked out its beat in “Les Rats”. They’re clearly cut from the same soiled cloth as Cheveu, The Anals and The Feeling Of Love, committed to a miserable, inebriated lifestyle. It’s like instead of waking up with permanent marker on your forehead, these guys actually tattooed that penis on your face, permanently taking a prank too far. Both songs are pretty long, chugging along like unhappy robots until the deconstructed guitar consumes the recording entirely. You’d think at some point I’d tire of this sort of mechanical, noisy post-punk sound, but nope… give me like five more Teledetente 666 singles such as this and I’ll still be rolling around in it like a gleeful idiot.

From Terminal Boredom (Rich Kroneiss):
Quite honestly I haven’t been that into many of the semi-recent French Le Grande Triple Alliance affiliated bands (Feeling of Love excluded) – The Anals, AH Kraken, Dictaphone, none of them really did much for me. They seemed to recycle sounds and aesthetics they’d already done better (even on earlier record by the same bands) or just got too synthy or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) Glue Wave as much as anyone – Volt, Crash Normal, Blutt – but I’m also a guy who tunes out when I hear too much electronics. There’s no shortage of synth play on this one, but “Les Rats” is pitch black Dark Wave that is ominous enough for me to get into, almost sounding like the Franco Gary Wrong Group. Digi-drum marching beat, looped guitar riff, evil synth throb and an array of crashing sounds that sound like what you hear at night in a submarine, or maybe when sleeping in a subway station restroom. A good few minutes of feeling like someone (well, a creepy French dude) is sneaking up behind you with bad intentions. It doesn’t really sound that blown out either, sharp and precise is the way to go with this stuff. “Panne Sexe” repeats the beat, adds some goth-sounding synth moves underneath a needling guitar line (or is that a synth too?). It actually sounds really German, kinda martial and perverse. The theme for a leather show at a sex club in some Berlin basement. Super creepy. Not sure who the actual players are on this, but Seb Normal produced (who else?) and this is the best non-FOL record I’ve seen his name on in some time. Scum stats: 300 copies in always classy Sweet Rot sleeves.

From 7 Inches:
You can always count on Sweet Rot to be pressing real stand out heavy hitters, from Jeffrey Novak to Dead Luke, The Anals and Blank Dogs, so the fact that you’ve never heard of Teledente666 just means that you are behind the curve my friend (so many baseball references?) and I’m with you. From the reverse sleeve I think there are two members in this Strasbourg, France project, including Seb from Crash Normal (according to Melissa at Future Primitive). “Les Rats” on the A-Side starts in with feedbacking scuzzy guitar bursts and a super gated cheapo drum machine. More and more squeals of crunchy glitched to all hell guitars or string breaks, ungrounded sounds over the machine and a real sinister sustained bassline starts. Random background basement clanking of pipes and the vocal on this, although in french, is pitch perfect, just slightly off center and creeping behind this dark instrumentation. Virtually no effects, far from the mic, secondary to this driving primitive future beat, it’s reminding me of Lust for Youth in their capturing those underground electronic influences, making it contemporary in it’s extreme delivery. Or even Blank Dogs lean towards great catchy melodies hidden in the hiss. That bass is heavily overdriven low squealing between the riffs into synth while metallic banging and creaks keep this one in bare bulb underground territory. A little mysterious and the low end really starts to break apart along with the space towards the end of the repetition. I love when someone can take minimal elements like this and still create an unsettling recording. B-Side’s “Panne Sexe” takes another steady thin static beat and works a higher distorted melody ring toned guitar (is that the MXR Blue Box?) into further darkness with a heavy synth undertow. Lots and lots of sexe, even I can figure that one out, and this time vocally he’s lost the distant cold delivery and is back there in the distance belting out a weird melody under the single ringing note near feedback. The whole thing is pushed further into distortion, piling on the keys. A great creepy release from a band that hopefully has a full length in the works. Heavily textured monochrome creep sleeve that says, I am going to scare you.

From The Big Takeover (AJ Morocco):
Damaged drum-machine punk from Strasbourg France, the kind that Chrome or Terminal Cheesecake would be proud to tour with. Love the constant guitar drone, whips and sheet metal noises juxtaposed with the melodic vocals. Excellent excellent excellent. Can’t wait to hear more from these guys.

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