….Merry Christmas!….

Season’s Greetings from Tenonsaw!

You can now download
our Christmas single

“All I Want (For Christmas) Is You”

for free from www.musicbytenonsaw.com

The song is a combined cover of two songs:
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
and U2′s “All I Want Is You”

It is available as a free-to-download
Double A-side single with
“Try To Sleep”
(taken from our “Avenging Angels E.P.”)

Listen to “All I Want (For Christmas) Is You” here now:

We hope you enjoy the music,
and the holiday season!

Merry Christmas from Tenonsaw!

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….Sleigh-bells ring….

….A little early perhaps, but in our studio at least the bells are ringing.  After all, you can’t have a Christmas Song without Sleigh-bells!  More in a few paragraphs >>>

First of all we’d like to welcome all the new fans who have joined us on Facebook and Twitter.  Nice to think so many people are enjoying what we do!

The response we have received to the “Avenging Angels E.P.” has been very gratifying to us.  We especially appreciate all the people who made an effort to get in touch with us and tell us what our music means to them, thank you all very much!

We have also been pleased to hear our music getting played regularly on the radio, particularly in the South-East.  Thanks to all the D.J.s who played “Avenging Angels” and “Waves” from the E.P.

Our latest video for “Avenging Angels” has done very well, with 3500+ views to date.  We also now have 300+ subscribers to our Youtube Channel.  Welcome and thanks to you all for watching!

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Downloads and sales of the C.D. have also been going well, if you haven’t yet you can still order the C.D. from our store at www.musicbytenonsaw.com, and the Download is available from there or from iTunes, Amazon or any other good on-line store.  Don’t forget you can also stream the E.P. on Spotify and Last.fm.

So what’s next for Tenonsaw?

We will be releasing another free Double A-side single shortly.  One of the two songs will be “Try To Sleep” taken from the “Avenging Angels E.P.” and we will be shooting a video for this song in the near future.

The other song will be a Christmas song, and we are working on the recording at present.  We’ll tell you more in a little while, but for now here are a couple of hints:  It’s actually two songs (both covers) combined into one song.  Both songs are quite well known.  They have quite similar titles.  Only one is a Christmas Song.

Answers on a postcard to the usual address please!  (Postcards still exist, right?)

Speaking of Christmas, if you’re looking for a nice Christmas present, you could do worse than visit tenonsaw.dizzyjam.com, where a line of Tenonsaw T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise is now available.

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We’ll be back with more news once we have finished recording our Christmas song, now back to those Sleigh-bells….

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A fan review

By Ken Ward, Sydney, Australia.

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“WOW! I love it – am SO impressed. It’s slick, it’s sharp and the clarity of sound is crystal. Well done to you both for the hard work, both creatively and in the hours of practice, recording and production you have put into this. My gut tells me this is getting close to where you both want to go with your music and I’m excited to hear what comes next.

Avenging Angels

I like that there’s a sparsity about the song.There’s a nakedness about it that’s confronting. It’s very unadorned and this will challenge listeners as there’s not a lot of clutter to distort the message.

The Chapel

Love the syncopation, the build of beats and the elements out of sync that all crash together perfectly following the lull into the chorus.  The high intensity electro vibe give the EP a whole other dimension, adds diversity and variety, satisfies a different need in me as a listener.  The lyrics ‘Stay as the wind blows / Stay as the wine flows’ – I love the paradox of staying still, taking in the moment, while the rest of the world around us change and move on by.

Skin

The transition into ‘Still I’m here…’ lifts like a visible thing.  And this precise moment, for me, is THE moment of the EP. This is where I got a glimpse of the amazing directions you can push your sound.  Hand in hand musically and lyrically this song goes to another place, all on it’s own on this EP.

Try to Sleep

This is the only song on the EP where another band came to mind. When the song hits the chorus I heard Depeche Mode. The mix of moniro notes and flat notes undermined the positive lyrics singing of ‘better times”.  Otherwise I don’t liken you to anyone. Influence don’t leap out and strangle me. They’re subtle and well intergrated. You don’t wear your many influences like badges on a denim jacket.

The Heat Will Fade

I love the use of the words ‘Tonight’ & ‘Given time…’ as repetitive devices to anchor the song and keep it firmly rooted in the sense of calm and ‘at peace with the situation’ the song has at heart. This is a great song to the EP. There’s a sense of resolution here. And the line that goes something like ‘we can’t be together / we can’t be apart’ at that time in the song, WOW. Beautiful.

Waves

The best composition and arrangement on the EP. Delicate and fragile – handle with care.  From the opening, the parallel and mirroring of the vocal & lyics (use of the words waves + water) with the underlying sound effect used really sets the scene. It ties the song together so that no part stands on its own. It’s a great signpost for how the rest of the EP with flow in terms of the synergy between the music and vocals/lyrics.  I’m a HUGE fan of the distortion note coming out of the chorus. Give the song a hint of menace, a harbinger of imending trouble and darkness.  This will sound stupid but the song sounds both simple and complex all the same time.

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