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On Telegraph writes music and lyrics inspired by the history of San Francisco, from the gold rush era to the Great Earthquake of 1906. They have written songs about: Lillie Hitchcock Coit, Samuel Brannan, Emperor Norton and a 6 song mini-musical about James Lick. They have also tackled lesser-known characters such as Asbury Harpending, Willis Polk, and James "Shanghai" Kelly. This historical backdrop has created a focused and cohesive sound that is clearly on display on their debut album, "The Great Diamond Hoax". All the members of On Telegraph first met each other while playing in other San Francisco based bands. Dave Parker (Company Car), Pat Scanlan (Cervantes, The Rec Set), David Walker (Murray the Thief) Emily Stewart and Kenny Aber (Instar) came together to create a sound that pulls from their many influences in rock, indie, pop, and americana.