Saturday, November 22, 2008

Denton delivers, again.

I don't know what it is about Denton TX, but that place seems to give birth to a lot of music. I know the same may be said for many college towns, but I just seem to favour (NB the English spelling there) Denton's musical offspring. This is because of the consistency of Denton bands, who for the most part, range from fucking exceptional and boner inducing at best to pretty good at worst. Maybe a magic music fairy flies over Denton at night, pisses and shakes her dandruff in the water supply? Anyway... One of my new favourite Denton bands is the Teenage Cool Kids. 

Teenage Cool Kids could be likened to Superchunk, Guided By Voices, Built To Spill... Not something to listen to if you're in the mood for a big fuck you punk fest. But if you favour the more melodic they're definitely worth a listen for their picked out guitar lead harmonious sing alongs. Their album "Queer Salutations" (on Protagonist Music out of Tucson AZ) is, from the few listens i've given it, good. But maybe in parts it leans just a little too far toward the unwashed, matted hair, skinny indie rock spectrum for me. I just saw them play at a fucking shed type thing at FEST 7, and it'd be fair to say that they may have a few fans that fit that category. However, their 7" "Remember Me As A Silhouette" (on C & C, no clue where those fuckers are from) is where it starts to sound rad. So much so it might blast a couple of them skinny little fuckers out of their fan base. 4 songs in the same style as the album, yet it sounds a lot fuller, with layers of rhythm guitar filling in all the gaps and more layers of good shout/sing along verses and choruses alike. "Down The Street" just fucking rules. Here's a link to live footage of them, oh and buy that 7".

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