Tenek were formed in June 2007 by Peter Steer & Geoff Pinckney. The band's debut CD was a self-funded, limited edition four-track EP, which was released in September of the same year. Buoyed by the success of this release, the band decided to record an album and was duly signed by Matt Gunn to his fledgling Toffeetones label. The first release, in October 2008, was a single entitled 'Where's The Time?'
The album 'Stateless' (completed October 2008) was released in March; with a single 'Submission' preceding it in late February. The band made a live debut at Synthetic Club, London in January closely followed by a date supporting 80's synth legends The Human League at Buxton Opera House; where the band were extremely well received by a partisan crowd.
In April Tenek made their European debut at the 'Pluswelt' festival in Krefeld, Germany alongside Mesh, De/Vision and Marsheaux, receiving an excellent reception.
The band appeared at the Summer Darkness Festival in Utrecht, Holland in August; alongside Front 242 and also supported A Flock Of Seagulls at the O2 Academy in Islington, London in September.
'No Time For Fighting' was featured on a Major Records compilation CD 'Orbit Electro', released in July featuring Ladytron, IAMX and Dragons amongst others.
A remix promo CD was completed in September 2009 featuring five new remixes for the alternative club scenes; both in the UK and Europe.
2010 saw the band play many more gigs including Moscow with Assemblage 23 in February, plus dates in Germany supporting De/Vision on their POPGEFAHR tour in May. In September Tenek toured Germany once again; playing eight dates with Iris (USA band) and De/Vision.
The single 'Blinded By You' was released in July to excellent reviews and more radio play than ever before. This was taken from the new album 'On The Wire', which was released on 6th September.
The band supported Republica in October as well as remixing a new track for them, ‘Christiana Obey’ (Tenek Remix) intended for release on their forthcoming EP (2013).
The band began 2011 by playing a festival in Bucharest, followed by a four-month break from live shows. The excellent Sim Films shot a video for the track ‘Higher Ground’ at Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury. This video has been heavily featured on the Tuune TV music video show on Sky channel 195.
The band played numerous dates around the country in the latter part of 2011, including three dates with 80's icon Toyah, to promote a new release entitled ‘EP2’, which featured two new songs plus two alternative versions of 'Higher Ground' and 'The Art Of Evasion' from the 2nd album. One of the new tracks 'What Do You Want?' featured guest violin from Chris Payne from the original Gary Numan band, who also co-wrote the Visage classic 'Fade To Grey'.
April saw the band touring with Toyah once again – having secured the main support slot on all dates of the 'Changeling Resurrection 2012' tour.
In May the band performed at a unique musical event ‘Bas II’ in Basildon, which celebrates the town's contribution to electronic music. Tenek were the main support act on the opening night, playing immediately before the main act, Blancmange!
During May an exclusive new track 'World Of No Relief' was released as the opening number on a compilation CD, entitled 'Electronic Saviors Volume 2'. This CD was released by Metropolis Records in the USA; with all proceeds going to cancer charities. The track was written specifically for this project and will not be available elsewhere.
Early March was the release of the band’s third EP ‘Another Day’ on their own label (Alien Six Productions) to coincide with their tour with Republica (UK); once again having secured the main support slot on all dates within the UK.
April the band performed at a new synth-based music event “i-Synth I” in Lille, France.
In May the band was invited back to Basildon (UK) to perform at the ‘BAS 2013’ festival opening for the main act, Heaven 17!
Early October brought the digital release of the ‘Tenek vs The Last Cry’ feat Julianne Regan (All About Eve) EP in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, released by Alien Six Productions.
And during the months of October – December, Tenek was the special guest band for the De/Vision “25 Years Best Of Tour” (Germany).
In February they re-issued their first ‘EP 1+’ (plus remixes by: Louis Gordon, Starstruck & Cramp) released by Alien Six Productions. Spring of 2014 the band had a headline performance in London and for the second year running, they performed at the synth-based music event ‘i-Synth II’ (Lille, France) and ending the Summer with a performance at the Silicon Dreams Festival (Liverpool, UK).
Early Spring brings the band’s first live performance at the ‘SoundStock Festival’ in aid of Essex Air Ambulance, Chelmsford Community Radio and Wheels for Stanley (Chelmsford, UK). Summer will include a return performance at ‘BAS 2015’ Festival (Basildon, UK) opening for De/Vision. Plans for future performances (TBA).
While tenek is busy working on their third album, “Smoke and Mirrors” (release 2015) they continue to be involved with music licensing opportunities to various industries globally.
-C.F. [updated: 2/5/15]
Nov 28 SaturdayLondon, UK The Garage