Album Review: Technicolor Teeth – Teenage Pagans

technicolorIf there was a Mercury award or Grammy for “Most Weird Noises Made on an Album” the prize would instantly go to Wisconsin trio, Technicolor Teeth. Their debut full length LP, Teenage Pagans, is a relentless medley of distorted guitars and twisted vocals set to be released on the 3rd of December. The sound is reminiscent of recent bands like Yuck but also harks back to early Pixies.

The lead single from the album; Chrystalline opens with some really screwed up vocals and followed by some even more screwed up guitars. The mentality of their songwriting process seems to be to just make loads of weird noises and distort the lead guitar to within an inch of an acceptable tune to disguise the quite good song that lies beneath it. This track also has one of the few times on the album where the lyrics are remotely legible and it claims to have followed Alice ‘through the looking glass’. Probably a drugs reference if their album cover is anything to go by.

They themselves describe their genre as ‘séance pop’ and there are songs on the album that do have a morbid, otherworldly feel such as nine minute epic, At Home in a Coma, their most ambient track on the album that devolves into a chorus of screaming guitars and a refrain of “I don’t want to remember”.

Aunt Deborah’s Story is probably the most pleasant song on the album with an inclusion of an actual acoustic guitar and a dark bluesy sliding riff, however the vocals unfortunately fade into the background on what could have been a potentially great melancholic, ambling song.

Penultimate track Snowblind is one of the strongest potential singles to come from the album Opening with a great, bouncy chord progression and funky bassline the song progresses into a hazy pop number with a lot of charm and its very catchy.

Album closer Milk and Melatonin has to be the best named track (who doesn’t love a good bit of alliteration?) and

An impressive debut from the band. Considering that it’s their first album to have found such a distinctive sound and have it running so cohesively throughout the album is a feat in itself. Perhaps a little too experimental at times but if you go beyond the extremity and the bizarrity of some of the noises that are made you can hear some really great ‘séance pop’ and it will be interesting to see how the band develops.

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