Telekinesis (band)

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Michael Lerner, 2011.jpg
Michael Lerner live, 2011
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresIndie rock, shoegaze, power pop
InstrumentsVocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboard, Drums
Years active2008 – present
LabelsMerge Records
MembersMichael Benjamin Lerner
Past membersChris Walla

Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle who is currently signed to Merge Records. The band was signed to Merge Records in early 2009, and shortly afterward released the debut album Telekinesis! on April 7, 2009.[1] Recorded in September 2008, the album was produced, mixed, and engineered with the help of Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie), who also played on most tracks. Lerner and Walla recorded one song per day on analog tape.[2]

Telekinesis covered ELO's "Can't Get It Out of My Head" for the American Laundromat Records charity album Sing Me To Sleep–Indie Lullabies, released May 2010.[3] The band also covered Nirvana's "On A Plain" in 2011 for SPIN Magazine's exclusive tribute album, Newermind: A Tribute to Nirvana.

"Power Lines" from the band's third album Dormarion was the title song for the Amazon show Betas.


  • Michael Benjamin Lerner - drums, guitar, bass, keys, vocals, more cowbell, trombone, cello, violin, paintbrush

Touring members[edit]

  • Rebecca Cole - keyboards, background vocals (2011 - present)
  • Jay Clancy - bass (2017 - present)
  • Lance Umble - electric guitar (2015 - present)

Former touring members[edit]

  • Eric Elbogen - bass
  • Nick Vicario - electric guitar
  • Cody Votolato - electric guitar
  • Jason Narducy - bass
  • Chris Staples - electric guitar, background vocals (2009-2011)
  • David Broecker - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar (2009-2011)
  • Jonie Broecker - bass guitar, keyboards (2009-2011)




  • Toulouse-Lautrec – self-released EP (2008)
  • Coast of Carolina – self-released EP (2009)
  • Parallel Seismic Conspiracies – Merge EP (2010)



  1. ^ Lavinia Jones Wright, "Telekinesis", Billboard Magazine, April 18, 2009.
  2. ^ Kate Thuma, "SXSW '09 Pick: Telekinesis", Spin Magazine, March 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies". CT Indie. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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