After initially forming as a tribute band for Japanese guitar legend Takeshi Terauchi, TEKE::TEKE learned that they had to tear up their surf-tinged covers and build something new. Since then, the Montreal-based seven-piece have expanded their already wide scope into a dazzling journey through classic Japanese balladry and Brazilian psychedelia alike. Fusing everything from traditional Japanese instrumentation to punk guitar, TEKE::TEKE have created their own musical universe--one that’s continuously expanding. Their debut album Shirushi dropped May 7th on Kill Rock Stars. Now they take on a classic for the label’s anniversary covers series, accompanied by a music video.
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"Corpse Pose" originally appears on Unwound's Repetition, released in 1996.
Music performed by TEKE::TEKE
Recorded and mixed by Samuel Woywitka at The Hidden Ship studio, Montreal
Additional engineering by Stefan Nowarre
Mastering by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering
Artwork by Maya Kuroki (based on Unwound’s original artwork for Repetition)
Guitarist Serge Nakauchi Pelletier states:
“Every time I think of Unwound, It’s hard for me to hide the excitement I have for this band. I discovered them a bit on the late, with their album ‘Repetition’ and saw them for the first time when they were touring (alongside Blonde Redhead) in ’96. The show was absolutely memorable and I feel very lucky to have been in attendance. That night I understood the true meaning of ‘Power Trio’. I also witnessed the most original and genius guitar work in rock music since hearing Voïvod for the first time, 5 years prior. Justin’s intricate chords and melodies sit so perfectly with the intelligence, creativity and power of the rhythm section (rest in peace Vern Rumsey, that bass sound, still influential to this day). The way the trio complimented each other so beautifully is what struck me most.
“Corpse Pose” particularly stayed with me that night and is arguably their most iconic song - It has one of my top-10 favorite guitar lines of all-time! Especially in that bridge part. When KRS told TEKE::TEKE about their 30th anniversary cover songs concept, I knew in a split second I wanted us to pick a song from Unwound. In another split second we had chosen the song, “Corpse Pose”. It was both exciting and challenging as a 7-piece band to think of a new way to approach this song. We knew the best version was already out there, Unwound’s that is, so it made more sense to us to take it someplace else completely and try to make it more of our own, while respecting the important signature elements of the song (bass line, certain drum patterns, guitar chords…). It was a fun experiment but most of all an incredible honour to have the opportunity to revisit this classic from a band that had such an impact on me as a musician.”