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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