I’ve given up attempting to shame the youth into abandoning their romantic fixation with the cassette format. I mean, if i can’t talk them out of peeling the sizing stickers off the brims of their baseball hats, i surely can have no legitimate impact in shaping their view of magnetic tape. Despite their being both Italian and pop punk—a combination fairly notorious for producing senselessly imitative results—the Teenage G’s are actually fairly cool. Instead of providing another unrequested dose of Queers/Weasel/Riverdales clonage, they’re actually more reminiscent of a few German bands: The slightly-higher-pitched-than-usual vocals and layered guitars evoke sensuous whiffs of Gigantor, whilst the rhythm section is more evocative of the Richies ((who sounded just like Animal Boy era Ramones anyway)). I can say with some assurance that this is the cassette of the year thus far! BEST SONG: “Sick of You.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Back from Pasalacqua.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Recorded in Milan; mixed in Denver. A meatball with a nosebleed!
–norb (Teenage Gluesniffers, teenagegluesniffers.bandcamp.com)