If so, congratulations — Teenage Bottlerocket's Freak Out is now your favorite record ever. But if you weren't able to click any of the aforementioned boxes, it's a damn worthwhile listen anyhow.
Thanks to Fat Wreck Chords, Laramie, Wyo.’s finest Punk band (is there competition?) recently issued their fifth record and it's solid in all the ways expected of a TBR disc.
Since 2003, the group has been making the most out of crisp, “Whoa-oh-oh”-loaded hooks, surprisingly effective nasally vocals and lyrics that cling to youth and, to a lesser extent, outdated pop culture.
Songs about ennui, skateboarding, prom, hating your job at Burger King and why love totally rules (and totally sucks) come from a group assuredly not made up of actual teens. (Vocalist/guitarist Kody Templeman's old outfit The Lillingtons kicked around during the late '90s.)
That being said, what does age matter when the music is this effective? Bottlerocket pours gallons of sweat and palpable enthusiasm into its live shows and their discography's tightness testifies to their songwriting chops. Teenage Bottlerocket won't ever truly change its sound or subculture, but as long as they continually add a few surprises and heartfelt moments to their current recipe, their goulash will remain awfully filling.
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET performs Wednesday, Sept. 19 with NOFX, Loudmouth and The Dopamines at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.