Josh Teskey can really wail. The lead singer of blues rock band, The Teskey Brothers is a man possessed by the holy spirit of Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett, sent here to deliver us from mediocre vocals. Despite invoking the old school sounds of a bygone era, this group isn’t from the Deep South, but is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. For now.
Formed by brothers Josh (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Sam Teskey (lead guitarist) from Warrandyte, Melbourne – later joined by Brendon Love on bass and Liam Gough on drums – The Teskey Brothers went from busking on the streets, to eventually releasing their self produced and released debut album Half Mile Harvest.
Josh took his early inspiration from soul singers Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder, while Sam’s ears pricked to the psychedelic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band, which would go on to inform The Teskey Brothers’ sound – although Josh shares that they didn’t start writing songs until later in life.
“When I was about 12 years old, me and Sam would be on a couple of guitars, wailing across the marketplace and always loving that rhythm and blues sound,” he reflects on their early busking days.
“I have been singing like this since I was a kid. We’d be screaming across marketplaces in this bluesy kind of fashion, playing some crazy Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, blowing some harmonica and singing in the way I did, with Sam wailing away on guitar.
"But it was a different matter to actually start writing songs in that style. Then the four of us basically played constantly, every weekend for close to 10 years before we even recorded anything.”