Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Record: Teenanger

Artist: Teenanger

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Boat, April 4, 2019.

Teenanger - unknown

Given the decline in the number of rock'n'roll venues in the city, it's perhaps not surprising to see more shows on my radar popping up up at this familiar Kensington haunt. It'd been a few years since I'd climbed those stairs, but inside the venue was comfortingly about the same as I remembered it was 2014, or even 2009 — as if the relative level of dank has been meticulously maintained. Maybe some improvements in the PA, as this show had better sound than I remember. Maybe there's a lot of stuff going on here that I don't hear about, given that I'm heading out to fewer rock shows than I used to.

That sense of seeing fewer rock shows was heightened when I considered that the last time I saw Teenanger they were previewing songs from what would become their don't-call-it-a-self-titled-album — and now they're starting to work in some songs from its follow-up. Chris Swimmings has upgraded from a sampler to a full-on synth since I last saw the group, adding a bit more new wave-fullness to the newer material.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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