Download "Teenage Whore," the New Jam from Dinosaur Feathers

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Dinosaur Feathers. Photo by Aaron Colussi.
Dinosaur Feathers. Photo by Aaron Colussi.

Short version: "Teenage Whore" by Dinosaur Feathers is the type of song that makes the Internet go round: low-budget, high-concept, gentle-touch, heavy-reverb post-Post Pavillion indie-rock/mondo-pop. Shorter version: There's no reason these guys won't be huge by, like, February. Shortest version: This is great. Dinosaur Feathers are a Brooklyn trio who are super quick to dive into afropop and Tropicalia, but never at the expense of a good old-fashioned blurry indie hookfest. Seemingly existing at that magic RSS feed crossroads of Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend, the Dinos are a decidedly 2010 band--singer Greg Sullo admits that Panda Bear's "Comfy In Nautica" inspired him to explore huge harmonies and credits afro-indie crew Ruby Suns for opening him to new uses for non-Euro rhythms. But even though their sound is very up-to-the-minute, they don't temper anything with cloying nostalgia, intentionally lo-fi weirdness, or hipper-than-thou posturing--just some nice, genuine dudes with decent record collections and/or fast internet connections. "Teenage Whore" doesn't have the sunny Latin rhythms of their last leaked single "Vendela Vida" or the Beach Boys clap-and-stomp of "History Lesson," but does have their hugest, boldest hook of any song on their formidable debut Fantasy Memorial, due March 2.

Greg Sullo of Dinosaur Feathers on "Teenage Whore"

What is "Teenage Whore" about?

It's about growing up too fast. Or more accurately, finding yourself in a situation that carries a heavy weight of responsibility before you're ready for it and choosing to leave it all behind, bad or good, in a quest to regain your youth and/or freedom. More specifically, it's about heartbreak--what isn't, right? Love can feel like a heavy responsibility and the thought of commitment can cause people to head for the hills.

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How did this song come about?

It came from a bout of writer's block. After some fruitless attempts, I leaned back in defeat and just started strumming. The words "Teenage Whore" were just the first things that popped into my head. Thematically, it's an attempt at empathy. What may be heartbreak for one person may have been a cause for joy and a sense of relief for somebody else, even if they feel the same towards one another.

Tell me about the beat on this song?

This is by far the simplest beat we use. It was the first time I wrote something in 3/4 on my drum machine. I basically just fooled around with this sample that was in 4/4 until it made sense in the new time signature. I was so pleased with its simplicity, that I just left it as is for the verse. I added parts as the song went along, so it would build some momentum, even as we repeated the same thing.

What's the most memorable show you've played in New York?

Well, we have a new answer for that one. Last night we got to play to a sold out crowd at the Bell House, opening for Charlotte Gainsbourg. We're usually happy to play shows with friends to a few dozen people, so to playing with famous artists in front of a few hundred people was surreal. We love playing and we look forward to playing the many more small shows we have lined up, but last night really stands out.

What's your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?

A few months ago, I would have gone with Second Helpings in Park Slope, but they had a fire and closed up shop. So now? If I feel like a nice meal, No. 7 in Fort Greene is definitely my favorite spot.

Download:

Dinosaur Feathers, "Teenage Whore"

Dinosaur Feathers play the Cake Shop on Sunday, January 28, with Shark? And Carnivores.


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