Tue May 8

Mohawk Presents

Teenage Wrist


Teenage Wrist
8:00 PM · Inside · All ages

Fans of rock music rejoice because Teenage Wrist are here to remind you why distorted guitars, dreamy vocals and massive dynamics never go out of style. The Los Angeles band’s full-length debut Chrome Neon Jesus is a timeless collection of music from a group of music veterans who have unequivocally dedicated themselves to their craft and evoke everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Sense Field in the process. The result is an album that’s inspired by the alternative heroes of the past yet retains a modern edge and is teeming with choruses so big that they stretch toward the stratosphere. The band—Kamtin Mohager (bass, vocals), Marshall Gallagher (guitar, vocals) and Anthony Salazar (drums)—formed in 2015 and instantly made a name for themselves with their debut EP, Dazed. However while the EP was tracked in a few days, partially in Gallagher’s Koreatown apartment, Chrome Neon Jesus was recorded in the band’s hometown with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World). “As far as tones and sounds this was the first time as a band we were really able to push ourselves and capture what was in our heads” Gallagher explains. “We knew exactly what we wanted and Carlos did a really great job of bringing these songs out of us and giving us the tools we needed to do that.”“We really wanted to take the time to create a signature sound with this record and capture something that was sonically different from other bands in our scene and I really think we accomplished that this time around,” adds Mohager. Listening to the album there is no question that the band pulled this off as evidenced from instantly infectious songs such as “Swallow” and “Stoned, Alone.” “I think those songs really set the tone for what the album is about and show the darker and more aggressive side of the band,” Gallagher explains. “With this album we dug a little deeper to make things heavier while still paying homage to our shoegaze influences,” adds Mohager. Then there’s a song like “Dweeb” which alternates between shimmering verses and crushing choruses so seamlessly that it’s impossible not to get swept up in the ecstasy of it all. “That song and the record in general in my mind is about growing up and realizing that the world around you isn’t necessarily the one that you thought it would be,” Gallagher says. “It’s about having those deep-seated beliefs come into question and it’s particularly about love and marriage and how you reconcile that with the sacrifices you make for the sake of employment,” he continues, adding that the fact that two of the members are now in their thirties has given them a sense of perspective that can only be gained through life experience. “Our previous material was more of a lovesick down-in-the-dumps kind of thing and this record was completely not that,” Gallagher explains when asked about the album’s lyrical content. “We tried to put things in a more universal context, so we aren’t just singing about love, we are singing about the world crashing down around you in a dark but also beautiful way. You realize the world is bigger, brighter and more terrifying then

you ever imagined and the title track is us acknowledging that and jumping out into that world.” Correspondingly the album’s fuzzed-out, mid-tempo finale “Waitress” ties all of this up in a hopeful way, assuring that listener that just because you’ve found your place in the world, you don’t have to give up on your dreams. Simply put, the kind of chemistry that exists between the members of Teenage Wrist is one that doesn’t come along very often. “For the most part it’s been a pretty simple formula when it comes to collaboration because while we all have different influences there’s a lot of overlap in the sense that we can put on a Norma Jean record one minute and Oasis the next,” Mohager summarizes. “So we come from this foundation of giving a nod to the bands who inspired us without being nostalgic—and for that reason everything came together really organically in this band.” This isn’t an easy balance to achieve but Teenage Wrist nail it on Chrome Neon Jesus—and we’ve got a feeling this is just the beginning for a band with a future as bright as their message.

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