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Telemonster was originally formed by cousins Ben Vanderhart and Josh Barrett in 2010 after moving to Chattanooga, TN from their respective hometowns in Iowa and New Mexico. They were joined by college roommate, John-Michael Forman on bass and performed as a trio for nearly half a year. Soon after school, they produced a three-track EP which was well-received by audiences in the Chattanooga area. Peter Griffis joined the band in 2011 with contributions on guitar and viola, and by the end of the year, they added classically-trained pianist, Dave Hess to the lineup. They are currently preparing to release their first full-length album, A Girl I Knew, while writing and composing new material for a second LP.
While they are often compared to acts like Modest Mouse, The Shins, and The National, Telemonster cites a broad range of influences including Miles Davis, Animal Collective, Radiohead, and Tchaikovksy.