Nov 21, 2013

I liked their Mood Ring LP, and this, their latest, is a continuation of that sound, only sharpened and more solid. Teenage Moods have a noisy pop sound that takes the better elements of the early 1990s sound and brings it into the present. I can’t help but think that you could have heard these guys somewhere sandwiched between a few other bands on the early Kill Rock Stars and Yo-Yo compilations. Traces of punk mixed in with some early ‘60s pop, late ‘80s SST (Dinosaur Jr., Screaming Trees), to the grunge influence of the previously mentioned early ‘90s, and a singer who reminds me of Daniel Johnston at times. I think my favorite on here is “Teardrops,” which is a mid-tempo number with a catchy beat and some nice melody to offset the driving chorus. Pop doesn’t have to be a dirty word, and I guess it really isn’t with the readership of this publication, so what am I saying?

 –M.Avrg (25 Diamonds, 25diamonds.com)