Mar 08, 2010

Comparisons have been made to bands like Pavement, Built To Spill, and the Pixies. All pretty good reference points. Pick any one you want and go with it. Or pick all three. It’s only scratching the iceberg, and an easy introduction, if you’re a stranger to these folks. Teenage Cool Kids are f’n awesome! Tuneful and catchy beyond belief. Syrupy guitar dominates the sound and a lot of “whoo-oooh” backup vocals remind me of the Beach Boys. These guys know how to craft well-written songs, and could very well be the new masters in our midst. Denton, TX seems to have a corner on bands these days. I posit that Teenage Cool Kids lead the pack. One of those records that you don’t think can get any better than it already is, and sure enough, it does get better, and get better and on and on. Once they hit the title track, and then on to following songs like “Crossing the Desert as a Stream” and “Speaking in Tongues,” it’s pure bliss, removing the listener from their surroundings and putting them right in the middle of the music. This is perfection. I strongly urge you to get this album. I’m telling everyone I know about how awesome this is. Some are sick of hearing about it, but it’s so great it’s unreal! I do know this record and I are going to be spending a lot of quality time together.

 –M.Avrg (Protagonist Music, protagonistmusic.com)