The Telethons

The Telethons

The Telethons
The Telethons started out of a mutual interest in escaping the boredom of suburban Flanders, New Jersey. John Mulcahy and Mark Deocampo had been playing music together since high school, but in the fall of 2004, now out of school they decided to start composing original material with the excitement that was missing from the local music scene (or lack thereof) around them. Inspired by an article he read in high school about Hamell on Trial, John began plugging his acoustic guitar into a distorted amplifier. Drawing upon mutual influences such as the Kinks, Holy Modal Rounders, Pixies, and the Velvet Underground, their goal was to write catchy folk-inspired rock songs with profound yet concise lyrics. When they heard the music of Jeffrey Lewis and the Moldy Peaches, they decided to investigate the antifolk scene in NYC. There, they found the closest thing to a musical community that they could ever attempt to fit in with. In late 2007, the Telethons released their first album, The Gory Details.