Carla J. Easton
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Carla J. Easton

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE | AFM

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Pop Indie




"Music Review: Sunflower Bean/ TeenCanteen/ Animal Collective"

Teen Canteen, Mono, Glasgow, Rating: ****

In 2012, five women from Glasgow collectively agreed that the holy grail recipe for perfect pop involved three-part harmony, booming beats and simple, haunting synth lines. As it turned out, they were entirely correct.

Four years on from this eureka moment, TeenCanteen have honed their formula with a debut album recorded in mono and titled Say It All With a Kiss. It will almost certainly become a touchstone for discerning fans of sharp, lyrical indie-pop.

They performed practically every track from the record at this packed-out launch party. There were points, especially during impressively crafted gems such as Honey and You’re Still Mine, where my resistance to hyperbole was hopelessly conquered by the realisation that they’re one of the best new groups I’ve heard in years.

Their songs of devotion, heartache and sisterhood are underpinned by an irresistibly yearning sense of melancholy. That’s always been key to the classic girl-group sound, which TeenCanteen embellish with a distinct identity of their own.

Key to their appeal is singer/keyboardist and chief songwriter Carla Easton, whose sprite-like appearance belies a strong, soulful voice. She sings in her native accent, which adds to the charm without ever once hinting at cutesy kitsch. On the contrary, Easton’s gang radiate a kind of sweet, wise sincerity, which elevates their music beyond mere pastiche.

If Phil Spector was ever called upon to produce The Bangles in a Glasgow basement, the results would probably sound something like this. The unaffected magic of TeenCanteen is something to behold.

PAUL WHITELAW - The Scotsman

"TeenCanteen - Say It All With A Kiss (album review)"

Never ones to deny us of a singalong chorus, TeenCanteen’s debut album Say It All with a Kiss is packed full of infectiously catchy, sing-into-your-hairbrush indie pop anthems that'll make you feel 14 again.

The album's tracklist nods to childhood nostalgia in the playfulness of the titles, such as Kung Fu Heartbeats, How We Met (Cherry Pie) and Candyfloss. This theme runs throughout the album: the band bring their best cheerleader impressions as they belt out 'It’s A-L-W-A-Y-S / It’s always for you' on Roses (My Love), and frontwoman Carla Easton takes innocent hindsight to a new level on How We Met (Cherry Pie), singing, 'Like sugar in my cup of coffee / Apples dipped in toffee / This is how we met.' The Glasgow girl-band’s knack for combining sugary sweet, nursery rhyme-esque lyrics with hammering melodies is undeniable, and it makes for the best kind of punch-packing bubblegum pop. - The Skinny

"Album Review: TeenCanteen - Say It All With A Kiss"

Glasgow four-piece TeenCanteen set to release debut album

THE alt-pop outfit will release Say It All With A Kiss on Friday 9th September following a launch night at Mono, Glasgow on the 8th.

TeenCanteen, who are Carla Easton (lead vocals/synth), Chloe Philip (guitar/vocals), Sita Pieraccini (bass/vocals), and Deborah Smith (drums), recorded their forthcoming album with producer Stephen Watkins at TAPE Studio, Edinburgh.

Supported by a devoted and ever-growing fan-base, the recording and release of Say It All With A Kiss was made possible by a successful PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign.

A rousing and harmonic prologue fires straight into defiant rock banger ‘Sister’ as Say It All With A Kiss gets off to a strong start. Easton’s vocal explores a wide range and compliments the pace of the track as glittering synth notes and crashing drums bring ‘Sister’ to a close.

The undercurrent of synth is present throughout Say It All With A Kiss featuring on pop sing-along ‘Kung Fu Heartbeats’ and on the harmony-laden and atmospheric ‘Friends’. The influence of established Glasgow synth acts like CHVRCHES and Prides is evident, as well as others in the rock sphere, such as the heavy harmonies of Honeyblood and pop-complexity of Django Django.

Say It All With A Kiss is a well-structured and uplifting album that peaks precisely in the middle, with singles ‘Honey’ and ‘How We Met (Cherry Pie)’. The former is a tentative love song drenched in metaphors and harmonic imagery. Polished pop perfection, Easton describes the mystery man “he’s the cream for the cat, he’s a walk in the park, he’s a rebel on the run, and he’s stolen my heart.”

Latest single ‘How We Met (Cherry Pie)’ utilises classic three-part harmonies and minimal instrumentation to cut to the gooey core of TeenCanteen – sweet, sticky and joyful. There’s still enough room however for their trademark shimmering synths and driving backline provided by the drums of Smith and Pieracinni’s bass.

‘Dancing (Hey You)’ offers the album some shade, yet it very much stands out with it’s bending guitar notes and dramatic soundscape. Lyrically it explores the topic of love from a more twisted and dark angle, “sweet thing, giving me the kisses causing ulcers”.

Amongst the synth-pop joyfulness, what Say It All With A Kiss does well is it throws up a little surprise just when you’re least expecting it. Whether it’s The Cairn String Quartet that feature on the playful and juvenile ‘Roses (My Love)’ or the dramatic and poignant string-led interlude ‘Symphony For The Kids’, TeenCanteen have been able to tastefully collate the best elements of their musicality to create an interesting, diverse and spirited soundscape.

‘Motorbikes’ and ‘Sirens’ are late album treats that feel heartfelt and reminiscent, showing yet again another side to TeenCanteen’s songwriting.

It’s really hard to fault Say It All With A Kiss, overall it’s a nicely balanced album. TeenCanteen perfectly blend light and shade, understand the pace of a record and explore the depths of their musicality whilst still being mindful of staying true to their pop roots. Singles like ‘Honey’, ‘Sister’ and ‘How We Met (Cherry Pie)’ have been written and produced expertly and simply sound massive, while the LP brings up a few surprises and nice rest bites from the mayhem in the form of gentle prolugues, interludes and preludes.


TeenCanteen will release Say It All With A Kiss via Last Night From Glasgow Records on Friday 9th September following the launch night Thursday 8th September at Mono, Glasgow.

For more info visit - The Music Brewery



'Say It All With A Kiss', TeenCanteen 2016 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on 12" heavyweight gatefold vinyl/digitally via Last Night From Glasgow.

'Homemade Lemonade', Ette 2016 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on 12" bubblegum pink vinyl/digitally via Olive Grove Records.

'Love and Lemonade', Futuristic Retro Champions 2011 (writer, backing vocals, piano, synthesizer), released on 2CD (handmade/limited edition)/digitally.

'SIRENS EP'. TeenCanteen 2017 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released digitally/vinyl via Last Night From Glasgow

 'Special Occasions EP', Ette 2015 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released digitally/limited edition Christmas bauble via Olive Grove Records.

'La Chunky EP', Futuristic Retro Champions 2010 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition handmade CD

'FRC EP', Futuristic Retro Champions 2010 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition handmade CD.

'Lollipoptastic EP', Futuristic Retro Champions 2009 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition handmade CD.


'Attack of The Glam Soul Cheerleaders (Parts 1&;2)', Ette 2016 (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released digitally via Olive Grove Records.

'Sister', TeenCanteen (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition bubblegum pink cassette/bandcamp via S.W.A.L.K. Records.

'You're Still Mine/Vagabond', TeenCanteen (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition 7" frosted glitter vinyl/digitally via S.W.A.L.K. Records.

'Honey', TeenCanteen (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition yellow cassette/digitally via Neu! Reekie! Records.

'May the Forth/ Settle Down', Futuristic Retro Champions (writer, singer, piano, synthesizer), released on limited edition handmade CD.


'Chips and Cheese', Eugene Kelly (guest singer) from the album 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night' 2012 Biphonic Records

'The Caterpillar Tango', Jesus Baby! 2012 (keyboards, singer) limited edition single released via Neu! Reekie! Records

'Fireworks', BMX Bandits (writer) from the album 'BMX Bandits in Space' 2012 released via Elefant Records



Carla J. Easton is the indomitable Princess of DIY Pop with a Post-Punk Ethos, fast emerging as one of Scotland's significant voices and prolific writers from Glasgow’s rich musical landscape.

Wondrous, synth-soaked and uncompromising symphonic pop, Easton started out writing in the now cult-like MySpace-kids FUTURISTIC RETRO CHAMPIONS before founding the Spector-esque Wunderkind Girl-Group TEENCANTEEN. A productive 2016 saw the release of 2 critically acclaimed albums – TeenCanteen's 'SAY IT ALL WITH A KISS' (Longlisted for the Scottish Album of The Year 2017) and her debut solo album 'HOMEMADE LEMONADE' released under the alias ETTE (Bandcamp's #4 Album of 2016). Championed by BBC6Music's Marc Riley, Easton has performed across many key festivals and showcases both in the UK and Internationally – The Great Escape, Kendal Calling, Xpo North, Festival No. 6, Indietracks, Wickerman, T in The Park, Electric Fields, POP! Montreal (Canada) and Indiefjord (Norway).

Building a New Wall of Sound that fuses analog synths, anthemic brass and strings with dynamic drums, 2017 saw Easton working with producer HOWARD BILERMAN (ARCADE FIRE/ LEONARD COHEN/ GOD SPEED YOU/ BRITISH SEA POWER) to record her second full-length solo studio album at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Canada. A development of songwriting, this collection of songs sits in a timeless dreamlike state, seductively introspective with outstanding pop melodies at their core, lyrically exploring themes of lucid dreaming and the blur between reality and fantasy.

The first single LIGHTS IN THE DARK was released in January 2018 (RECORD OF THE DAY, BBC SCOTLAND SINGLE OF THE WEEK) accompanied by a sold out tour (Edinburgh, Manchester and London) including a headline show for CELTIC CONNECTIONS, Glasgow.

Not one to rest, this was quickly followed by BEST FRIEND on the BELLE & SEBASTIAN 'HOW TO SOLVE OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS EP (PART 3)' (Matador Records) which Easton sings lead vocals on and co-wrote with Stuart Murdoch.

2018 will see Easton release more music from the Montreal sessions, with a further tour of the UK in October.

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