Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


band members

TS // C.Whipp // Roberto Carlos // T.Sneddon


Influences

Cass McCombs, Wilco, Big Thief , Whitney , Alex G , Duster, Yo La Tengo , Lomelda


Website

tesseband.com/

Bio

Hailing from the suburbs of South Sydney, Tesse (aka Tom Stephens) creates intimate, guitar driven sonic worlds filled with everyday suburban nostalgia. New single ‘My Madeline’, to be released November 18, 2020 is an exuberant, confident cut of soaring guitar lines, driving drums and mellow keys held together by Stephens’ stand alone vocal style.

Tesse speaks about the track: “My Madeline isn’t about any one specific person. I wrote it with the kind of person in mind who always has their fists up and is pushing back against life. They care a lot and sometimes too deeply. So much of our everyday experiences and occurrences are unfair and a struggle, but there is power in letting go when we feel disoriented and powerless and seeing it as a source for growth.”

Stephens has contributed as a multi instrumentalist to a number of notable bands and songwriters projects including Julia Jacklin, Phantastic Ferniture, Georgia Mulligan and Ainsley Farrell. Under the moniker Tesse, 2018 saw the release of Stephens’ first album titled How It All Unfolds. Lead singles 'I'll Tell You in the Morning', 'Keep It Simple' and 'Earthworms' all received high rotation on FBi Radio, as well as spins on triple j, features with Rolling Stone and considerable support from community radio. The accompanying music videos saw plays on ABC’s legendary RAGE program as well as MTV Australia, with ‘Keep It Simple’ being awarded their MTV ‘Upload Video of the Week’. Tesse has supported internationally acclaimed acts Stella Donnelly, Jack River, Angie McMahon, Husky and Luluc.

Tesse is set to release his sophomore album ‘Everything Trying’ in 2021.

Review

Review by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

23 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

Loving those lazy Whitney-like vibes on this.

Loving those lazy Whitney-like vibes on this.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

23 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

it's the type of song that feels like a sunday stroll which turns into an exploration of the neighbourhood. after hours roaming around pondering life you magically circle back around to home and feel like you've really grown.

it's the type of song that feels like a sunday stroll which turns into an exploration of the neighbourhood. after hours roaming around pondering life you magically circle back around to home and feel like you've really grown.

Review

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

23 Nov 2020

Triple J
45

man, I cannot stress how nice it is to hear Tesse back in action! like a big hug from an old friend, but one I can add to my favourite playlist and hit replay on whenever I need that instant hit of warmth and familiarity.

man, I cannot stress how nice it is to hear Tesse back in action! like a big hug from an old friend, but one I can add to my favourite playlist and hit replay on whenever I need that instant hit of warmth and familiarity.