Saturday, November 28, 2009



Significance of the Landline Telephone in Newest Romantic Discourse:Part 1 (by Brontez)

(*this is part of my thesis paper on the subject of Newest Romanticism as a movement)

We have been often asked "how come all your songs are about telephones"? To clarify not ALL of our songs are about telephones (Maybe 80% but not ALL...please note)

Explanation: We will start by saying that for our purposes we are SPECIFICALLY and ONLY referring to the (out of date?) retro land line telephone. This is not merely romantic nostalgia but a deeper and larger concept. Cell phones are new age walkie talkies and do not adhere the the construct we are trying to illuminate. Let the telephone not merely represent "the telephone" but an entirely metaphysical and psychic concept that both represents itself and simultaneously is beyond itself. Before we as humans could track down each other through the (blessing?) of current technology, connecting by landline was a more (poetically) psychic phenomenon. One lover would call the other in hopes they would be home and also (aside from physically meeting in the street) had no other means of connecting "in an instant". If all the right energies in the universe connected and the other lover was indeed home and ready for conversation, then somewhere mini comic explosions would occur of the astral plane-bells would ring, ENERGY would connect to LIKE ENERGY. Take for instance the line in the Younger Lovers song "Ballad for All My Bandmates and Lovers" that goes "Communication is lost like when you hear the phone ringing but it's not...". Take note that in this paticular scenario that the energy/potential to communicate is very much there (i.e. you HEAR the phone ringing) but gets displaced through the universe for all eternity because there is no follow through (i.e. ITS NOT REALLY RINGING REALLY).
(A young and handsome poet/Newest Romantic states the construct as simply: :"The telephone is an unanswered call". We're not a 100% sure what that means but you should make up one for yourself... As for the origin of "phantom phone ringing" THAT is an entirely different discourse altogether.)

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could remember what Roland Barthes says about waiting by the telephone in A Lover's Discourse...

    You should read it!

    I love you.