ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Natalie Ribbons has had quite a week.
The musician from Austin-based indie pop band Tele Novella lost her phone and played three gigs. Oh, and the band recently purchased a van, which it was gearing up to pick up in Dallas.
“It has been incredibly stressful,” she says during a recent phone interview. “Once we get out on the road, it will slow down a bit more.”
Ribbons and Tele Novella also celebrated a small milestone – one year as a band.
“It’s been a crazy and fun year,” she says. “We’ve made some music that we’re really proud of and we can’t wait (to see) where we’ll go next.”
Ribbons and crew, which includes Jason Chronis, Matt Simon and Sarah La Puerta, began the band just over a year ago after all four had success with previous bands.
Ribbons says when the quartet got together, the main goal was to hit the ground running and give the band a social media and Internet presence. Over the course of the year, Tele Novella has built up a great following online.
“We were focused on getting that done,” she says. “Now we’re looking forward to seeing what we will be able to conjure up when writing in one space.”
Ribbons says with all the road the band has covered over the last year, in November it will take a break from touring and the quartet will concentrate on writing.
Tele Novella wants to put effort into a full-length album, she says. “We have about half the tracks now for a full length,” Ribbons says. “We’re going to push ourselves to write the other half at the end of the year. Then we’ll record it all.”
Ribbons says the other band members have begun to write more, which makes it a better working situation.
“We’re all songwriters. There’s been more time for each of us to contribute to writing. Nothing has been easy for this band yet and it honestly pushes me to my limits. It’s a challenge with everything that we do.”