The first time I heard Sam Teskey play guitar was the summer of 2004 at the Melbourne Rudolph Steiner Schools annual festival. I was in year 7 and he was in year 9. I remember being so confused by how a kid two years older than me could shred a guitar that well. While I was struggling to master Jack Johnson’s ‘Flake’ on a nylon string, Sammy was effortlessly channelling Stevie Ray and Muddy Waters with a band called The Shades.
Most Saturday morning’s you could find Josh and Sam busking at a market out near Warrandyte, mixing originals with classic blues tracks most kids their age wouldn’t even have heard of. As the years went by and school wrapped up, I saw less and less of the two brothers, but seemed to hear more and more about them. You’d say g’day at a party and enjoy a quick “howz-it-goin’?” before sidling off to snatch a free beer. About a year ago I caught wind that the Teskey Brothers were working on an album and my ears pricked up. When I heard revered bassist Brendon Love was on board my ears pricked up more and by the time Liam Gough’s named was dropped as the drummer the deal was done: it was gonna be pretty special!
Fast forward to present day and we have ‘Half-mile Harvest’, an album that dances through influences stretching from Leon Bridges to Howlin’ Wolf, The Meltdown to Taj Mahal yet maintaining an incredibly unique Teskey sound. We hit the road to Warrandyte bright and early one Wednesday morning to check out their space, hear some jams and have a few coffees. Have a look.