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The Teen Age

Brooklyn, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Brooklyn, NY | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"The Teen Age Get Stuck in Emotional Quicksand on ‘Backwards’"

The Teen Age Get Stuck in Emotional Quicksand on ‘Backwards’
The punk balladeers' new EP, 'Bad Seed,' drops on March 4

Rachel Brodsky // January 6, 2016

I don’t want to live without you,” the Teen Age admit in their new single, a surfy doo-wop cut produced by Jason Finkel (Hundred Waters, Hiatus Kaiyote) and buttressed by two-step drums and a whining guitar melody. They might want to take a step towards emotional maturity, but as the track’s title suggests, “I just keep falling backwards.”

The New York garage-punk quartet’s defeatist attitude will be all over their forthcoming second EP, which was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn and is due on March 4 via PaperCup Music. “Backwards,” like the rest of Bad Seed, “confronts certain inevitable truths that you’ve spent your youth avoiding,” the Teen Age writes of their new material. “It’s about reaching a certain age where everything you did when you were younger finally starts catching up to you.”

Listen to “Backwards” below, and catch the Teen Age live on January 8 at IDIO Gallery in Brooklyn. - SPIN

"Track Premiere: The Teen Age – “Liquor Store”"

From their upcoming second EP, Bad Seed, Brooklyn quartet The Teen Age are having some simmering problems with that band name. It seems the singer is feeling a little tired and not quite as enamored of going on a beer run as he used to be. But if that moniker is a reference to the original teen age of the ’50s, then the malt shop “oo-ooo”s and sprightly beats on “Liquor Store” make perfect sense.

Recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studio, Bad Seed is out March 4 PaperCup Music. Take a listen while checking their upcoming gig dates, below.
Tour Dates for Teen Age:
02/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
02/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
02/23 – New York, NY – Pianos
03/03 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge - CMJ


“We don’t have a lot of stories that are safe for work,” the Teen Age's guitarist Micah Weisberg says. “But we can tell you one about Chattanooga.”

The so-called “doo-wop garage” band has just finished a show at the Studio at Webster Hall, opening for Radkey. It’s one of the few they'll play in Manhattan. The group is a firmly rooted Brooklyn band, even if its members are from all over: Singer and guitarist Matthew Degorio is a surfer from California; Weisberg comes from Boston; bassist Bill Dvorak hails from Jersey; and drummer Nick Brooks is from Cape Cod. They’ve also got their Brooklyn neighborhoods covered, residing in Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Williamsburg. As Dvorak says, “Generally speaking, there’s not a lot going on in the city.”

But back to Chattanooga. Weisberg is talking about a tour date in the midsize Tennessee town on their recent stint with fellow Brooklynites Lazyeyes. They played a venue called JJ’s Bohemia that had received negative Yelp reviews for putting Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” on the p.a. too many times. That, combined with the Southern-style spiked sweet tea (“We’re a drinking band,” Weisberg says), eventually led to Degorio jumping from a second-story balcony into the closed motel pool — and a casual visit from the police.

It sounds like a pretty typical night on tour with these guys, an anecdote perfect for the deafening, carefree punk rock style of the Teen Age’s live show. The night of the Studio performance, Weisberg’s mom was in attendance, and told her son his music was too loud. “That’s what you want your mom to say,” Dvorak says. “What if she was like, 'It’s quiet! Turn it up!'?"

Founded in 2013, the Teen Age have released a string of singles, including the recent “Low Cunning” and “Pieces,” which came out six months ago on Old Flame Records. The Teen Age are currently working on turning that “loud” music into a new EP with a projected release date in February, just in time for SXSW. Before then, they’ll play several shows at CMJ, which they’ve played a few times before, and tour again in advance of the new record.

When Weisberg and Dvorak aren’t playing with the Teen Age, they’re making music videos for other local bands as Young Heart Productions. Thus far they’ve worked with more than 30 bands, including Dead Stars and Dreamers, producing inexpensive, high-quality work that gets music out there for a fraction of the cost. “We love it,” Weisberg says. “We see it from both sides. We know bands are strapped for cash, so we try to make it the most creative and efficient we can.”

When asked about what they're listening to and how they feel about pop music — specifically Top 40 — they end up constructing a veritable Brooklyn Top 40, filled with bands they’ve played with or been in or are friends with. It’s the sound of a band entrenched in its local scene, the kind of band pumped to be playing CMJ with essentially hundreds of their friends.

“The scene here is very supportive, very creative, very collaborative,” Dvorak says. “There’s a lot of people who are in three, four, five bands. Everyone is friends. It’s a communal thing.”

The Teen Age will be playing CMJ shows on October 14 at Pianos (Upstairs) and October 17 at Elvis Guesthouse. For ticket information and more, click here. - The Village Voice

"The Teen Age share "Low Cunning" video, touring & releasing split cassette with Lazyeyes (dates, streams)"

Brooklyn bands The Teen Age and Lazyeyes are going out on tour together this month and for the occasion Old Flame Records is putting out a split cassette with new tracks by each band. The Teen Age have made a video for one of them, "Low Cunning" and that premieres in this post. Director Raina Rocha made the whole thing from still photographs, giving the video a look somewhere between stop-motion and time lapse. Folks in NYC might recognize Union Pool and Rocka Rolla as the main locations, with an opening shot of the still-empty old Academy Records Annex space on N. 6th. Watch it below.

The Lazyeyes/Teen Age tour wraps up in Brooklyn at Rough Trade on August 1 with Dead Stars on the bill as well. Tickets for that show are on sale. All dates are listed, along with The Teen Age video plus new songs by Lazyeyes, below... - Brooklyn Vegan


"Bad Seed" EP (2016 - PaperCup Music)
"Low Cunning/Pieces" Single (2015 - Old Flame Records)
"Matador" Single (2014 - PaperCup Music)



Mixing the recklessness of ‘70s punk and garage rock with the pop sensibilities of classic doo-wop, Brooklyn-based The Teen Age are equal parts grit and melody.

Since forming in 2012 they’ve shared stages with Twin Peaks, Diarrhea Planet, Palma Violets, Radkey, Big Ups, The Virgins, The Wytches and Crocodiles. 2014 saw the release of their debut EP, Ways To Adapt, on PaperCup Music, followed by 2015’s single “Low Cunning,” on Old Flame Records. In between touring and playing local shows, the quartet hit the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn to write and record their latest EP, Bad Seed.

The four-song collection was produced by longtime collaborator Jason Finkel and is set to arrive March 4 on PaperCup Music. The recording experience allowed the band to take the foundations laid out by Ways to Adapt and the “Low Cunning” single and develop a fully cohesive sound.

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