The Pink Teens – Shanghaied

Staggering along under an unslaught of stabbing guitars, wailed vocals and deranged harmony The Pink Teens’ (formerly Temple Songs) first single is a pop-song under seige.

The Group’s debut Ep – a nine track monster that’s been greasing our inner-ears for the last week – is a staggeringly brazen opening salvo that plays with tonality, timing and guitar-band “conventions” while maintaining a strong melodic core. When we interviewed the group last summer they awknowledged the influence Parquet Courts have had on this change in direction but, on songs such as ‘Spray Ark’, they go far beyond what Andrew Savage and co. have attempted to date. Savage, stuttering and overflowing with hooks Shanghaied stands as a neat introduction to the next chapter in the band’s story. It only gets weirder from here.

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