TEKE TEKE signs to new label, drops new tracks ahead of upcoming album

Montreal psych 60s Japanese surf rockers TEKE TEKE took to social media with some big news this week.

Firstly, the band announced it has signed to Kill Rock Stars, an independent label out of Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. The news comes on the heels of the upcoming release of album Shirushi, expected in the spring of 2021.

In an online statement, members of TEKE TEKE could not hold back their excitement: “We are deeply honoured to be joining the great Kill Rock Stars family, a label we’ve long admired and that shares our community-oriented values and artistic vision. Not to mention, the incredible roster that was pretty much the soundtrack to our lives, featuring artists we humbly look up to.”

To celebrate the good news, the band also revealed that they would be releasing two tracks from their upcoming album: a cover of Takeshi Terauchi’s “Chidori” and a re-release of their own “Kala Kala”.

Formed in 2017 by members of Pawa Up First, Patrick Watson, Boogat, Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and Dynamo Cleoptara, the musical collective originally started as a tribute to Japanese guitarist Takeshi ‘Terry’ Terauchi.

TEKE TEKE is Serge Nakauchi Pelletier and Hidetaka Yoneyama on guitar, Mishka Stein on bass, Ian Lettre on drums, Yuki Isami on the flute, Etienne Lebel on tombone, and Maya Kuroki with vocals. Find out more about the band at teketekeband.com.

Esteban Vargas