New releases from Momma and Teenage Dads
The third in our series reviewing new singles from non Blowtorch bands. Today it's parent themed with tracks from Brooklyn's Momma and Melbourne's Teenage Dads.
Track: Bang Bang
Brooklyn’s Momma return with their first new single Bang Bang on Lucky Number. It’s the first new material since last years Household Number album, with songwriters Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten collaborating with producer/bassist Aron Kobayashi Ritch to write and record the track after getting home last year from an extended American tour.
Etta expands on Bang Bang’s fruition: “Allegra and I ended up getting COVID at the same time, so we decided to isolate, get drunk, and write together. Within a night we had demoed a hot sounding song about great sex.”
Allegra adds: “We wanted to write something lyrically different than anything else we’d done – just super literal and crude. We shared it with Aron and he sent us back a new version with a lot of added extra production: drums, bass, synths, acoustic guitar etc. It felt totally different and fresh. The finished song has a lot of classic Momma - heavy guitars and catchy melodies - but packaged in a different form. It feels immediate, like a whole new sound for the band.”
Bang Bang opens with a gently pulsating synth beat before the vocals kick in and the tempo increases. It’s an alt-rock track but with the added synths it has its own vibe. There are times when learning more about the inspiration behind the creation of a track adds to its enjoyment, and such is the case here: “I want it, I mean it, I need it now.”
Momma have toured the US with likes of Wet Leg, Snail Mail and most recently Death Cab For Cutie. Ahead of performing at Coachella and opening for Weezer and Modest Mouse this summer, the band return to EU and UK this month in support of Alex G, however all UK dates are already sold out.
UK/EU tour dates supporting Alex G:
Mar 16 - Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland (Sold Out)
Mar 17 - SWG3, Glasgow, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 18 - O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 20 - Leeds University Stylus, Leeds, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 21 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 22 - SWX Bristol, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 23 - Roundhouse London, UK (Sold Out)
Mar 25 - Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Sold Out)
Mar 26 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 28 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Mar 30 - Knust, Hamburg, Germany
Mar 31 - Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 1 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Apr 3 - Ampere, Munich, Germany
Apr 4 - Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
Apr 5 - Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
Apr 6 - Le Trabendo, Paris, France
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Artist: Teenage Dads
Track: Goodbye, Goodbye Again
Melbourne’s Teenage Dads have released new track Goodbye, Goodbye Again, which is the closer from their current EP Midnight Driving available now via Chugg Music. They have taken the tempo down a few notches as is fitting for the theme, recognising that saying goodbye isn’t always easy.
As vocalist Jordy explains: “While this was written at the point of a breakup I had been through, it seems the song also takes on the general idea of how difficult it is to say goodbye, whether that’s to a friend, to family, a lover, or even an aspect of your life that you are leaving behind: moving away, starting a new job, retiring.”
Music can provide an opportunity for reflection, to take a moment and consider the challenges of life and how they affect us, recognising their impact, and acknowledging that it's ok. Teenage Dads are demonstrating their versatility on Goodbye, Goodbye Again not being afraid to shift the gear down in order to express emotions.
The track is led by the gorgeous vocal and supported by the most glorious instrumentation. The band explains more about the inspiration behind the EP Midnight Driving: “The EP is about perspective. How things look from one point of view, and how they can change over time from another outlook. The songs feel like diary entries, documented internally, like conversations you have with yourself when you go Midnight Driving. A constant, internal form of therapy almost.”
Renowned for their energetic and dynamic live show and with no signs of slowing down, Teenage Dads will also be touring in the UK and Ireland this Spring. They will be joining Lime Cordiale as special guests in Dublin, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.
TEENAGE DADS UK & IRELAND TOUR 2023
16 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre*
18 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy*
20 BOURNEMOUTH The Old Fire Station*
23 CAMBRIDGE Mash*
24 CARDIFF The Globe*
28 EDINBURGH O2 Academy*
29 NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop*
31 LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town*
*w/ Lime Cordiale
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