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Milwaukee-Based Band Telethon Tries to Tell Stories Through Their Albums

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Brett Smith
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Telethons. They’re the television equivalent of radio’s venerable pledge drive: kindred spirits, if not bitter rivals in the ongoing quest for money. And while Milwaukee-based band Telethon isn't explicitly asking for funds, they're not opposed to receiving them. 

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Telethon playing, "Analysis."

Their most recent album "Citrosis" came out earlier this year. The group describes it as a quasi-concept album, meant to be listened to in its entirety. Lead vocalist, Kevin Tully, says the narrative structure of their songs is an important part of their music. 

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Telethon playing, "Fallout."

"I think of things in terms of a story. I mean like, when I'm writing I think about how an individual event fits into the bigger picture," he says. "You can't tell the full story in one song, and so I think - I don't know, I think it's important to have a beginning, middle, and end or at least some semblance of it."

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Telethon playing, "Apocalypse When."

Telethon is made up of Tully, keyboardist Nate Johnson, guitarist Jack Sibilski, drummer Erik Atwell, and bassist Alex Meylink.

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