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Life On Hold

from *69 EP by TELEPHONE!

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Circa 2001 at a Minneapolis vintage clothing store called LULA, there was a cool chap (Howard Hamilton III) who helped Brooke pick out stage clothes for various performances.

It turned out they both had music projects: hers was a searing feminist-spoken word-meets-electronic-experimental act called Burning Shakespeare; his was the super ambient, retro sound collage-meets-film soundtrack outfit The Busy Signals.

They couldn't have come from more opposite genres, but in a world where Peaches and Har Mar Superstar (who Hamilton later produced) were on the rise, it somehow made sense. Turntablist and DJ/MC Tony Dosen joined in 2002, and TELEPHONE! was born.

Life On Hold saw radio play on local college stations (most notably KUOM/Radio K); was featured on TC Electropunk Vol. 1 and garnered enough press for the three to head back to the studio to make a few more songs.


from *69 EP, released October 2, 2020


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TELEPHONE! Minneapolis, Minnesota

“An oddly fascinating mix of cartoony urban-chic lyrics and bubbly electro beats.”
-Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 2003

“Best thing I have put in the CD player for review this time round- love this kitsch in-the-moment stuff!”
~Celeste Tabora, Pulse, 2003

“Peppy valley girl vocals!”
~ Gentry Boekael, Rift Magazine, 2005

“Felicitous and urgent!”
~ Matt Jaremko,
Kouroo Magazine, 2002
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