Tekluvi – Who Knows Where We Are

Who Knows Where We Are

Another wonderful surprise of a band that I’ve never heard of before, Tekluvi has all of the loud and fast versus slow and melodic dynamics that I love in a band, and, surprise surprise, they’re from Chicago. This, the band’s first full-length, will no doubt appear to fans of emo and hardcore alike, as the band manages to hover between the different styles, and they do it so well.
So who do Tekluvi really sound like? Think something of a cross between Fugazi, Mineral, and a band like Portrait. It’s an odd dichotomy, but the band works it well, going from delicate arpeggios to driving rhythms and in-your-face rock lines. The music is powerful when it’s hushed and when it’s loud and crazy.
“Pop Culture” starts off oh so melodic and pretty, with the vocals hushed, but it builds with crashing drums and guitar lines that go from delicate to driving, and then relaxes. And by the end of this 7-minute song, it’s crashing and driving, with screamed vocals coming in behind the still-hushed lead vocals. Very cool. After a short, atmospheric track, “Tetrahedron” comes in seemlessly, with melodic guitar and a very nice, flowing style. This song is lovely, especially when the guitars and drums really come in, reminding me of a combination of Christie Front Drive and Tristeza. Things really get going on “1094,” with a kind of old Promise Ring meets a more in-your-face, edge sound. “Euclidian” seems to go from more mellow and melodic to a more driving, Mineral-esque sound, and “Chandelier” really turns things up a notch, hitting with more guitar and a more intense, powerful sound with some excellent drum work and screaming vocals. “Waiting” has some of the prettiest vocals here and moments of sheer intensity without getting too loud and fast. And after the more driving and powerful “Eephus,” the band finishes with the more melodic and downright lovely “Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear,” which reminds me of a more rocking Tristeza again.
A lot of these songs are 6 minutes or longer, allowing the band to go from softer to louder and faster. And the use of delicate, beautiful guitar work one second and driving rhythms and screaming the next is what makes this band so interesting. This is powerful, emotional, and intense music, and while most will say it falls safely into the emo realm, the band is doing a lot of new and interesting things. This is definitely an album to pick up.