Our featured band this month is Seattle post punk/new wave/art rock band Telehealth.
Led by Alexander Attitude, Telehealth is an unpredictable pop band with heavy nods to post-punk, minimal synth, egg-punk, new wave, art rock, glam, and krautrock.
In 2017, Attitude quit his music to pursue a career in Architecture. Formerly a touring musician in bands like Kithkin, Deep Sea Diver, Bryan John Appleby – the transition from being a musician to an architect was not so simple. Over time, Attitude grew discontent by the architectural practice’s proclivity to ‘save the world’ through the lens of design. However, disillusioned through their utopian visions and the aesthetics of sustainability, Attitude felt architecture has consequently become the tool for developers to sit comfortably within a political domain that is essentially capitalist and centrist.
Attitude saw things differently. This alternative pursuit for another way of doing architecture developed into a new project. A series of performances, really, where topics like architectural theory and spatial practice developed a new way of seeing architecture. Attitude thought, what if architecture was no longer about buildings, but instead used as a way of thinking and questioning our world and our place within it?
These questions became sounds, those sounds became demos, those demos then became an album. That album became their just released debut album Content Oscillator.
Content Oscillator is an angular collection of songs that alleviate the modern challenge of ‘just trying to not suck’ in the greenwashed, neoliberal, trash fire of a world we have built for ourselves.
The band wear the color green to remind us all that the modern consumption cycle has become so focused on selling green as a product to alleviate the symptoms of a self-inflicted hellscape. Instead of being upset, Telehealth embraces uncertainty and absurdity.
Telehealth is a joke, but it is not a joke. As a product itself, Telehealth is here to remind us that everything is a product placement. Telehealth is an industry plant. Just as religion is the opium of the masses, Telehealth is now the opium of architects, policymakers, technocrats, AND NOW MUSICIANS!