Describe your sound.
Our sound is built by tangling guitar riffs and atmospheric loops over hip-hop beats, synths and choral vocals. It’s part pop, part not.
Michael Bones and Miller Rouse
Where did your band name come from?
The verb ‘teem’ means to be full of or swarming with, and reflects how we think about music.
Who are your influences, musical or otherwise?
Our influences for this project are any band that writes harmonised guitar lines – Queen, Television, The Strokes, Ratatat – and hip-hop artists like Jonwayne, Earl Sweatshirt and Brock Berrigan.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had while performing?
Playing a TEEM live show is like tap dancing on a knife. Between the two of us we run six-channels of guitars loops, Ableton Push, synths and we sing.
Our last gig was at Transit with Borneo. We got through our set with minimal stuff ups and didn’t embarrass ourselves. We were stoked.
Of what are you proudest so far?
Releasing our debut single, ‘Kronk’. It’s a great feeling to pull a song out of your head and into the world.
What are your plans for the future?
We’re finishing off our album, organising a tour and making an animated video for ‘Kronk’ with Canberra artist, Mei Wilkinson, which we’re really excited about.
What makes you laugh?
Eric Andre, Tim and Eric, Donald Trump.
What pisses you off?
President Donald Trump.
What about the Canberra scene would you change?
The temperature. A few more venues.
What are your upcoming gigs?
Smiths Alternative on Sunday July 9. It’s the day after Bones’ birthday, so could be the sloppiest set yet.