TEEN

TEEN is the Brooklyn-based, sisterly project of Teeny Lieberson, setting out under her own name (more or less) after logging time with Here We Go Magic. Lieberson’s TEEN formed last spring and features her sisters Katherine and Lizzie as well as Jane Herships, the latter of whom makes spellbinding, downcast folk as Spider. It follows that “Electric,” TEEN’s prime cut, joins HWGM’s dream-state melodies and nearly-kraut rhythmic moments with Spider’s heavy-lidded siren style for a champion of a track, all laconic ’60s go-go attitude laced to an undercurrent of pulsating bass and layered, curlicue psychedelics. (These, by the way, are all very good sounds for a song that starts by talking about the disposability of the self in light of collective progress. Heady.) The band released the Little Doods EP in 2011, but it’s the forthcoming debut LP In Limbo that houses “Electric” and promises a very good year; it’s well crafted and great sounding, due in part to the mixer and producer credit given to Spaceman3′s Sonic Boom. Take “Electric,” and sample In Limbo’s first single “Better” below as well:

“Better”

TEEN’s In Limbo is out 8/28 via Carpark. The video for “Better” is here, directed by filmmaker Sam Fleischner (of Wah Do Dem) — note the Quicksilver nod.

Fleischner also helms the video for “Electric” alongside Megha Barnabas — it is coming soon and worth the wait.

TEEN On Tour:
09/14 New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Ariel Pink
09/29 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s Tavern*
09/30 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon*
10/01 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar*
10/02 Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Gardner Lounge*
10/03 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.*
10/05 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive*
10/06 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*
10/09 Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club*
10/11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
10/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo*
10/19 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova*
10/20 Austin, TX @ Red 7*
10/21 Dallas, TX @ Bryan Street Tavern*
10/23 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt*
10/27 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
*with Hospitality

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Comments (7)
  1. directed by filmmaker Sam Fleischner? “Nod”? Once you get passed the Paramount parody intro, it’s literally just clips from Quicksilver put together. I smell copyright infringement…

    The song’s not bad. I have ot say – I knew exactly what it would sound like with an unoriginal name like TEEN.

  2. Name change needed, like, immediately. I’m not even going to listen to a band named “Teen”.

  3. iNot a big fan of “Better” but I really dig “Electric”; it has a good build. Have to agree with the above commenters though, definitely need a name change.

  4. I really like both of these songs. How many bands have there been who spent more time thinking of a cool name than writing songs that didn’t completely suck-too many. I already listen to a band named Girls, and their music is great. Why would I not listen to Teen?

    • The brevity of the name is not the issue. There’s been 500 blog buzzed bands in the last two years with “Teen” in their name, so it seems either derivative or trying to encapsulate on a trend, whether or not that’s the

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