Teenanger Make Today's Bad Times Sound Like a 'Good Time'
Published Oct 01, 2020A lot has changed over the 10 years since Teenanger started making music together, but one thing has remained consistent: the world is fucked up. The band's 2017 album Teenager stoically reflected on the tribulations of our society's dependence on unchecked technological innovation, and while follow-up Good Time might sound upbeat, it maintains the band's misanthropic attitude.
Good Time's groove is undeniable. Here, Teenanger demonstrate their musical chops by sounding more like Talking Heads than their traditional scrappy post-punk. Catchy basslines and four-to-the-floor drumming make it feel like any of these tracks could be lost Psychedelic Furs deep cuts. The musical whiplash on Good Time is hilariously unexpected and keeps the record fresh and exciting from song to song.
With everything from bongos on "Romance for Rent" to the inexplicable southern-rock riff on "Straight to Computer," Teenanger have found a way to keep things uniquely electrifying and thematically analogous. Irreverence pervades through the catchy riffs. "Life is short, but the shift is long," they sing on the title track, before facetiously proclaiming, "We are all having a good time."
Teenanger have been making music for nihilists for over ten years now. On Good Time, they at least seem to be having some fun with it. (Telephone Explosion)