Though Brooklyn’s the Teen Age haven’t been around for long — and judging by their delightfully subversive, anti-SEO-friendly name, they haven’t been starving for overnight attention — their new digital single out today, “Pieces,” is sure to draw plenty of ears their way.
Released on Old Flame Records as the B-side to current single “Low Cunning,” “Pieces” is barely three minutes of pure sun-drenched, Motown melody-inflected rock. The band call their style “doo-wop garage,” with inspirations ranging from the Dead Boys and the Black Lips to the sky-reaching harmonies of the Marvelettes. Lead singer and guitarist Matthew Degorio’s gruff and grandiose vocals will hook you, but even more so on “Pieces” than the rest of their young catalog. In “Pieces,” which sounds like a rough meditation on mortality and avoiding lonesome Friday nights, he croons “Whoa-a-a, I don’t wanna go, by myself,” with shades of the croaky swagger of Spoon’s Britt Daniel coupled with the baritone melancholia of Morrissey in the foreground. Splice in guitarist Micah Weisberg’s chirpy, high-strung arrangements, and you can almost hear the waves crashing in the background as high school couples neck on the beach.
As many a Brooklyn-band-fairytale begins, the men of the Teen Age — Degorio, Weisberg, bassist Bill Dvorak, and drummer Nick Brooks — joined forces in a Bushwick basement in late 2012. They started playing live shows on January 2013, first supporting Palma Violets and then tacking on slots with Twin Peaks, Crocodiles, Diarrhea Planet, and more. They released their first single, “Ventura,” on PaperCup Music in April 2013, followed by their Ways to Adapt EP the same month. Plans for an upcoming tour and full-length album have not yet been announced, but here’s hoping “Pieces” is a sign of greater things to come.
Check out “Pieces,” released on Brooklyn’s Old Flame Records, below.
To celebrate the release of “Low Cunning” and “Pieces,” the Teen Age will play Shea Stadium on April 7. Tickets available here.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 6, 2015