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Teenanger Share New Single ‘Trillium Song’ Ahead Of October Album Release Via Telephone Explosion Records

August 17, 2020
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New Album Good Time – October 2, 2020
Out via Telephone Explosion Records

Toronto’s DIY scene purveyors, Teenanger have shared their blistering new single, ‘Trillium Song’, the second to be lifted from the new record, Good Time –out October 2 via Telephone Explosion Records – which has found support at Paste, The Line of Best Fit, BBC 6 Music, So Young and more. The new record, which comes mixed by renowned Toronto musician, Sandro Perri, follows previous releases that have found the band share stages across North America and Europe with the likes of METZ, Ty Segall, Death From Above, Dilly Dally, Dish Pit and more.

‘Trillium Song’ presents another agile take from Good Time, drawing once again on striking melodies and a wiry new wave sound palette, this time utilising a two-pronged vocal foray with both Melissa Ball and Chris Swimmings lending their voices. Whereas previous releases from the group have suggested a more abrasive post-punk approach, Good Time demonstrates a pop-leaning slant on the sound of Teenanger without removing their ear for social commentary.

Introduced with a drum fill that will blow you away, this track is beautifully angular and shines throughout its dynamic instrumentation. A hypnotic song structure fills this void with a brooding yet desirable vocal presence leading the verse into its punchy chorus with additional harmonies. Added experimental layers and a whirling intensity. It’s a robust and completely charismatic track oozing energy, attitude, and passion. They seem to project fun and a feeling of melancholic punk all in the same breathe.

Speaking about the new track, Swimmings says: “This song is about the province of Ontario where we all reside. Mainly about the current provincial government’s way of dealing with the education system and the environment. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford (the song’s primary subject) was making good headway at polishing his public image by being hands-on. He made promises of people not losing their jobs and tenants not being evicted. They were timely promises in the beginning as we are now seeing many tenants in Ontario face eviction due to not being able to make end’s meet in the pandemic.”

Good Time arrives off the back of a turbulent few years for the group, a period filled with self-reflection, a restless search for creativity and more than anything, a need to rewire the very essence of the band. The four-piece had tied up the rinse and repeat promotional run for their 2017 self-titled record in the spring of 2018; their fifth album, which had started to find them some acclaim, also marked their first decade together as a group, quite an achievement by anyone’s measures in the current climate. The line-up was unchanged since Teenanger’s inception, and the members had become somewhat inseparable over their time together; whilst the album release and the corresponding tour was somewhat celebratory, it also brought with it a severe bout of writer’s block that unexpectedly placed their existence in jeopardy.
 

A testament to the rigorous DIY ethos of Teenanger that forges its core values, the band was rooted in the same rehearsal room that they had used since their early days together – a revolving door of local acts shared the space and it took fracturing this routine to find inspiration for Good Time. One Craigslist advertisement offered an apartment for rent with the words: “Music OK”, Teenanger seized the opportunity and thus “Studio Z” was coined, a basement flat that previously worked as a reggae studio/after-hours club was converted by the four-piece into a live practice room and adjacent fully-functional recording studio. The band went on to battle two major floods, a CO2 leak, vermin infestation and constant mould to record the new album.
 

The new eight-track album marks the long-awaited return for one of Toronto’s more beloved and vital bands.

Teenanger
Good Time
October 2, 2020
Telephone Explosion Records

 Tracklist:
1. Beige
2. Trillium Song
3. Pleasure
4. Romance For Rent
5. Straight To Computer
6. Good Time
7. Touching Glass
8. The Drain

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