The Telethons (who currently reside in Brooklyn, NY) started in late 2004 in Flanders, NJ. John Mulcahy (guitar, vocals), and Mark Deocampo (drums) were inspired to play music by the British Invasion, Velvet Underground, and especially the Ramones. After playing the local NJ music circuit to little attention, they decided to play in New York City. There, they quickly established themselves in the Anti-folk scene. In late 2007, the Telethons released their first album, The Gory Details. In 2009, there was a lineup change as John Van Atta (formerly of NYC band Strikes Again) was added on bass while Mark retired from playing drums. The Telethons currently perform as a 'travelling party' of sorts, as anyone who knows the songs (they have a loyal local musicians' following)can play.