Telamones, guitarist Chris Wald (left) and drummer Zach Gonet, will play songs from the band’s new album “Uff Da” at First Avenue’s 7th Street entry on Thursday, Aug. 30. Photos by Sean Micheal Donohue

It takes two for Telamones

Updated: August 23, 2018 - 8:54 am

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When there’s just two people in a band no one gets the majority vote. Luckily for Chris Wald and Zach Gonet, they’ve been able to make music together without having to sacrifice on their vision.

The two Richfield residents and high school friends formed Telamones nearly three years ago when they couldn’t find dependable bandmates.

“We just wanted to do a lot more. We were kind of like a Lennon-McCartney thing. We always had a rotating cast of bassists and drummers,” Gonet said.

Telamones, formerly Homebrew, sounds like a head-bobbing, gritty indie rock band with twice as many members, but it’s just Wald and Gonet doubling up on singing and instruments, Gonet on drums and Wald on guitar or bass. The two said they don’t want their music to feel empty just because they’re the only ones on stage.

[Event Title] |“A lot of the comments we get are, ‘You guys don’t sound like two people,’” Gonet said. “You kind of get to play with people’s expectations. Even if people aren’t that into the music or the songs, I think that’s been a big thing that we’ve found, that we tend to surprise people with how big our sound can be.”

On top of the duo’s “say yes to everything” mentality that’s led to shows in most small local venues, the band has been a regular fixture of the Twin Cities do-it-yourself music scene since its inception. So far, the band has focused on churning out singles and an EP, but a debut album is on the horizon.

“Uff Da” will largely be new to anyone who’s seen Telamones perform before. Just two songs carry over from the band’s history, including “Surprise It’s Me.” Gonet’s hair is gone, and it’s because the two recently filmed a video for the song, which he describes as an “introvert’s album” in the vein of Tame Impala’s “Solitude is Bliss.”

One of Wald’s stand-out tracks is “We’re All Gonna Die,” which they wrote in a major key, a rarity for the band, they said. It gives it a “peppy” energy.

“I’m excited for ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ because… we are,” he said. “It’s very much ‘just do what you want to do.’”

Beyond introversion and death, there aren’t lofty concepts at work across “Uff Da,” the two said. They aren’t that kind of “calculated” band to produce a concept album. They write about their experiences and pursue every idea, whether they share them or not. At their core, Wald said, there’s frankness and honesty.

“One song is about ‘Wow. It’s awesome to meet you’ and another song is like ‘I don’t want to go out today — at all,’” he said. “We don’t get married to (an idea) or say that it has to be. You just let it go if the other person’s not into it. Sometimes you don’t even have to say it.”

Telamones will take the stage of First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry on Aug. 30 for an “Uff Da” release show featuring “ground pop” three-piece Annex Panda, the newly minted Proper and Last Import, a Minneapolis-punk trio that recently opened for Foster The People. The 18-plus show starts at 7 p.m.

Pre-orders for “Uff Da” will be available at the show. Buyers will get their physical copies in a couple weeks, the band said.

Brunch, Edomae style

Kado no Mise is getting into the brunch game with a new weekend menu.

With its Japanese whisky bar and meticulously presented kaiseki restaurant upstairs, the Japanese fine-dining establishment may not be your first thought on a weekend brunch outing, but I’d say you should give it a chance.

kado brunch webOn a recent trip to grab coffee at the Bachelor Farmer café and check out the newly reopened Askov Finlayson, I was surprised to see people eating inside Kado no Mise so early in the morning. I decided to try out the new menu.

Brunch at Kado no Mise means tamago, a custard-like omelette, or flavorful salads with gold beets and silky-smooth tofu. I opted for the okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made of sweet cabbage, flour and eggs that can be made vegetarian or topped with a bit of wagyu. The whole dish is lathered with okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, bonito flakes and more for the most colorful pancakes that you’re likely to ever eat.

Brunch cocktails seem sparse, but only for the moment. Kado no Mise has the typical drinks like a bloody mary or a mimosa made pulpy with fresh orange juice. Here’s to hoping the restaurant can figure out how to do a sake bloody mary — or, more likely, something I’ve never heard of yet — with its own authentic style.

For a post-work stop, Kado no Mise has an even earlier happy hour now, running 4 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays, when patrons can score a drink and an appetizer for $14. The deal features featured glasses of wine, beer or sake and small plates like shisho-wrapped prawns or nigiri. Of course, you can just grab a Japanese beer with a $4 Sapporo from the tap.