Teenage X have been on the punk rock n' roll circuit for awhile now, but only recently released their debut album, Drink! Dance! Destroy! I'll be more frank than a wiener here; this album rules. Straight up, it's been my go to for summer nights home alone when I just want to blare my music loud and sing along even louder. Front woman and local band veteran Sarah Page has some mighty chops to her and you've more than likely seen (or heard me DJ) her old band, The Threat at local gigs. The rest of the band (Rich on guitar, Phil on bass and Mikey on drums) know their way around their instruments pretty damn well too and manage to pull of sounding super tight both recorded and live. The album has nine songs that whip by in only twenty one minutes but I've had no problems putting this baby on repeat because it still isn't losing its charm.
Drink! Dance! Destroy! stays upbeat and infectious throughout but has enough versatility to keep me interested. It has just the right amount of speedy punk rock tracks like Fast Machine and Say What You Want but I'll confess, it's more the power pop almost eighties sounding songs that have me hooked. While Chelsea Horror Hotel may be a little snottier than anything Blondie's ever recorded, if Teenage X were around in the late seventies/early eighties they definitely would have given Ms. Harry and her boys a run for their money. Losin' It and Boom are the two ballads that despite the lack the cheese, you could have told me they were released in 1983 and I'd believe you. In fact, the latter of the two would have been the ideal song for the prom I never went to. I can actually imagine it in a movie with Molly Ringwald as she stares at the hunk from across the dance floor and the band tears into this little number about wanting to get it on. Finally, what's a record without a good sing-a-long? Wasted is it and to prove my theory that it should be this summer's official drinking song I DJ'ed it at one of my larger club nights for a crowd of early twenty somthing inebriated women and had them belting along to the chorus, "Waaaaaasted! I'm wasted again!" while jumping up and down. Mission accomplished! Needless to say, Drink! Dance! Destroy! ought to have something for everyone who has an ear for rock n' roll regardless of who you are and if you get a chance to see them live, do. Teenage X have never disappointed.
|Photo Credit: Rob Ferraz|
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