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Now Hear This: Teen Creeps | Forever

The retro-fuzz trio lighten up and mellow out on their more mature sophomore set.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “If you’ve heard anything about Teen Creeps, it’s that the Belgian trio love the 1990s. Their sound is reminiscent of bands that era, like Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk or Sonic Youth with fuzzy guitars, melancholic vocals and fast-paced drums. That combo hit home on their 2018 debut Birthmarks, garnering interest from far and wide, and even earning some four-star reviews.

But on Forever, they do not simply repeat the formula. The fuzzy guitars and angsty lyrics are still here. But Teen Creeps are OK with slowing down, letting in some more melody and overall maturing their sound. Closing track Crash/Land is the closest they’ll ever get to a ballad and their longest track yet. Defender, Toughen Up and Brothers also let in the feels and turn down the pace. “I think we just got a little more mellow as we got older,” says guitarist Joram De Bock. “I’m just less angry,” says vocalist-bassist Bert Vliegen. “On Birthmarks I was fuelled by anger and frustrations, now I’ve learned to let go and accept certain failings I have. Because they will always be there. Yes, forever.”

After recording their debut in London with producer Rory Attwell (Veronica Falls, Yuck, The Vaccines), Teen Creeps stayed closer to home this time around. They recorded Forever in Audioworx, a studio in the Netherlands, with their long-time friend and collaborator Jesse Maes. Says Ramses Van den Eede (drums): “Jesse recorded all of our early stuff and mixed the last record, so he’s a natural fit. Plus, it made the recording sessions a lot of fun. That’s something we want to celebrate in the artwork and title of the record. Teen Creeps Forever is like a battle cry, but also a celebration of our friendship. We even put a heart on the cover. We’re not afraid to get corny.”