Tekluvi – In Recognition of Your Significant Accomplishments EP

Tekluvi
In Recognition of Your Significant Accomplishments EP

How to make a name for yourself in indie rock: 1) Live in a large city with an established sound (like Chicago); 2) Release your debut full-length to critical acclaim, re-release it later on an established label (like Loose Thread Recordings); 3) Release a follow-up “teaser” EP on an even bigger label (like Divot); 4) Enlist a producer with an established reputation (like Mike Lust [Sweep the Leg Johnny, Lustre King]); 5) Add some well-known guests (like Lust and Sweep the Leg Johnny’s Steve Sostak); 6) Most importantly, continue to hone and develop your sound.
Tekluvi is doing everything right, and if they’ve flown under the radar so far, they’re about to be a household name, at least in the indie world. Their debut, Who Knows Where We Are, was a brilliant piece of post-hardcore indie-rock, filled with melodic guitars and high-powered intensity. Now, with this lengthy named EP, the band is establishing themselves and making strides toward even greater things.
The band has honed their sound, going for a grittier, harsher feel that’s leaning even more in the hardcore vein but still has some qualities all their own. The rhythm section, for one, is intricate and powerful, almost jazzy at times. The band changes on a dime from all-out intensity to more melodic and subtle. The vocals are screamed, the guitar is frenzied, the drums are emphatic. But where this band shines is in the contrast between the intense and urgent moments and those periods of more melodic and moody sound.
The urgent “Serpico” kicks things off with a frenzied assault that dips into more melodic interludes between blasts of guitars and shouts. Then it goes into this moody, bass-driven section that bristles as if it’s about to explode. “Honor Among Thieves” has spastic, frenzied guitar lines complimented by screamed vocals, interspersed with these downright lovely moments of guitar and drums. Then the singers alternate, screaming “break a sweat!” over and over, as the musicians go wild behind them. By contrast, “Low Center of Gravity” is subtle, a six-minute track with singing instead of screaming and stark guitar over moody bass and drums. But as you might expect, it also explodes with bashing guitar and sudden screams. The trademark horns of Sostak enliven “Distance & Focus” and give it a unique flare, and “Transmission” literally ends with a frenzied blast of guitars and vocals, aggressive but not out of control.
Tekluvi has put together a worthy follow-up to their debut album, and at about 25 minutes in length, it’s more than adequate to tide you over to their next album. The band has mastered the contrast between aggressive, high-powered rock and a more melodic, moody sound, and they alternate the two better than any band I can think of. Each of these five songs is extremely impressive. A stellar offering from an amazing band.