Sunday A.M. Radio: Teen Men

A few months ago I interviewed Ben Louisiana from the yacht rock group Work Drugs. It was a fun interview. We talked about boats, the ’80s, Jacques Cousteau and remixes. It didn’t make it into the final draft of the interview, but I asked him to name some of his favorite Philadelphia bands and one of the bands he listed was the Delaware-based band, Teen Men.

Teen Men is a music/art project by musicians Nick Krill, Joe Hobson and visual artists Albert Birney and Catharine Maloney. In concert, Teen Men play along to interactive videos synched to the music. It’s a fun feast for the senses.

The songs feature tripped-out synth melodies, electro-pop beats, atmospheric ambient asides and pretty vocals. And the artfully offbeat  videos add a quirky dimension to the lyrics. Like their name, Teen Men’s music makes me feel young. It’s music that’s made with that anything-is-possible spirit so often found in youth.

As a fan of jam bands, who loves when bands find a sweet spot and stretch it out, my only complaint is that these beautiful songs are too short. But that’s life. At times beautiful beyond belief and always too short.

I spent a year in Los Angeles. Like this song, my time out there was amazing and too short.

This was the first Teen Men song I ever heard. Kind of a mix of Neon Indian’s “Deadbeat Summer” and some early Vampire Weekend. I love it.

Teen Men play Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia on December 8. Tickets are $10. Get ’em here.

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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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