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Rough road to Tele Novella yields success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Natalie Gordon believes that everything happens for a reason – and she’s fine with that. In fact, if it wasn’t for a series of events, her latest indie rock band, Tele Novella, wouldn’t exist.

Gordon says she was in a band called Agent Ribbons that was signed to a record deal. Last October the band was on tour and was in a bad traffic accident on the way home to Austin.

“Touring had been rough on us over the years and it was the last straw for the other members,” she says during a recent interview from Eugene, Ore. “Our record label reminded me that South by Southwest was coming up and we were slated to play. I scrambled and found some players to play for this event.”

It turns out that Gordon’s band became one of the most buzzed about bands at the festival in March.

The band now includes Gordon, Jason Chronis, Matt Simon and Cari Palazollo. It is on a tour of the Northwest and will head into the studio.

“We were given five free days of recording time in Olympia, (Wash.) and that’s where we’re headed,” she says. “We’re going to lay down as many tracks as we can and see what comes out of those sessions.”

Tele Novella
WHEN: 9 p.m. June 14WHERE: Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 313 Gold SWHOW MUCH: $5

Gordon, while she hasn’t had a lot of time to think about how fast the band has found success, is surprised by it all.

“I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it,” she says. “Last night was our 15th show ever. This path is on major acceleration mode.”

Gordon says the music that will be recorded was mostly written by her.

“It’s interesting because we have several songwriters,” she says. “At this point, the songs are mine, but as we have time to work on some more music, I expect everyone to collaborate. But the songs that we do have, the band has changed them into another animal.”

Gordon says the band will probably release an EP in the near future, but also wants to release three different 7-inch albums.

“Once those are all out, I think we’d put the EP out,” she says. “We’re trying to strike while the iron is hot and we’ve got the momentum.”

Gordon says the band’s name came about from her love of telenovelas.

“I never knew what they were called and Jason told me about them,” she explains. “It seemed like a really cool name and people are taking notice. I guess it’s working, right?”

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