TEENANGER throw their “release orgy” March 1 at Sneaky Dee’s. See listing. Rating: NNNN
Teenanger hesitated to call their debut LP, Give Me Pink, a punk record. It had all the requisite snarl and swagger but was really more like bluesy garage rock. Frights, the local heroes' sophomore, better fits the label, kicking up the intensity and keeping songs under three and a half minutes. The result is a 21-minute kick in the teeth... the kind you actually want.
But despite the unceasingly fast tempo, it's deceptively well crafted. Co-produced by Canadian pro Howie Beck (who's usually associated with mellow indie folk), Frights dexterously buries psychedelic texture under reverbed vocal sneering and snotty punk hooks, while upfront bass lines, retro guitar fuzz and propulsive drums construct a driving groove that, in spite of the album's forcefulness, is easy to get lost in.
It's over in a blink, so keep it on repeat.
Top track: Cops But Not