By Caleb Oldham
Faced with the void you're nearly powerless. All you have is a heartbeat and a head full of fleeting thoughts. Some songs take on the void. Your heartbeat is your rhythm, and your meanderings are bent notes jutting out from the dark. "Time, impossible" sings Telstar Drugs in "Pressed", a song that looks straight into the oblivion and defiantly hums out this little tune.
The drums in the Velvet Underground classic "Heroin" always sounded like a ticking clock to me, more a measure of your sanity than a rhythmic instrument. Telstar Drugs seem to be taking cues from the Velvet as well as fellow Canadian rockers such as Women and Alex Calder. The rhythm guitar strums a familiar sounding chord progression while the lead guitar plucks a psych-pop icing on top.
It's sometimes hard to make out what the singer is saying. He seems indifferent but stubborn. He doesn't try to hide his shortcomings with a lot of reverb and echo, but rather, sounds like a genuine slacker of the 21st century shrugging his shoulders.