About Telamor, Tom says, "While I've had years of experience performing live, I'm not interested in being famous. With Telamor I try to keep a very low profile. I'm just trying to make a small contribution to the great tradition of pop rock music. My influences range from Robert Johnson to The Weeknd. If you listen closely, in between you'll hear Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, the Stones, David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Nirvana, even Taylor Swift--pretty much anyone who wrote a great song and sang it with conviction.
"Working with Warren Babson is a great privilege. Basically, it's my job to deliver to Warren a big box of parts. It's his job to take the parts that he wants and assemble them into a great track. We aim to make classic three-minute pop songs that hit you in the gut and reach you emotionally. My lyrics are simple and direct, just like my guitar riffs and our beats.
"While the songs are simple, the recordings can be quite complex, with a full band sound including multiple guitars, piano, background vocals, percussion, plus the bass and drums. It's all played live in the studio--no sampling or quantizing. If you listen carefully you might hear slight fluctuations in tempo in various instruments. That's because we're going for that live band sound, not a processed synthetic sound. Telamor means real rock and real emotion."
REVIEW in THE NOISE Music New England:
Tom Hauck has once again put together an almost completely solid collection. Opening track “Leap of Faith” hearkens back to the long-ago Atlantics track “Pop Shivers,” with a touch of The Stones’“Satanic Majesty’s Request” thrown in. “Loserville” has a similarly herky-jerky feel, with a hooky, telepathic and electrifying guitar line. “Cry Love” strikes me as the missing link between Deep Purple and The Clash, howsoever unlikely that might seem. “Better Day” evokes memories of The Turbines and Lyres, only abetted by the sharp bass work of Tony Goddess. “Hurricane” has another hook-rich bluesy guitar line. This is followed, appropriately, by a soundalike cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” with requisite sneering vocals. “Frankenstein” is an amusing heavy-duty metal rock novelty. “Bang Yer Head” is lyrically adroit, if musically minimalistic. “Everybody’s Gotta Go” is a folksy chantey; a raggedly cheery tune with a fatalistic message and some trippy, Pink Floyd-esque guitar. “Stand Up” is another Turbines-like anthem with epic guitar straight out of ’60s garage rock. Recommended. (Francis DiMenno)
Review in Babysue.com
, June 2016:
Telamor - Telamor 3 (CD, Olex Music, Underground pop), Straight Shots (CD, Olex Music, Underground pop)
Telamor is the one man recording project created by Tom Hauck. (A few guest artists lend their help but this is mostly a one man show.) If you liked the sound of underground recording artists before digital recording made everything sound too sterile and generic, you might want consider checking out this guy's stuff. Hauck writes and records underground pop that's a far cry from what people are listening to in 2016. This isn't retro or vintage music, it's just...different. For the most part, this music just sounds like someone having a helluva time in their home recording studio. Although the sound here reminds us of different bands we've heard, it's kinda difficult coming up with any obvious comparisons. We always appreciate it when folks have the right motivation. And on these albums, Mr. Hauck most certain does. Our favorite cuts include "Leap of Faith," "Better Day," "We Got What It Takes," and "Sophisticated Lady."