Before Parquet Courts and Fergus & Geronimo, Andrew Savage was dipping his feet in Teenage Cool Kids – a Denton band that Dentonians and out-of-towners alike can enjoy. If you’re a fan of Parquet Courts, especially, you can hear the beginnings of that here. I’ve been hearing about Teenage Cool Kids for a while now, and I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve been living in/around Denton for almost twenty years OR if it’s because they’ve got a hefty following. Either way, I think you’re going to like what you hear. Teenage Cool Kids’ lyricism is decidedly nihilistic, existential and to an extent, sobering. I like to call Denton “Austin’s bastardĀ child” (I’m sure David would like that). I’ve seen/met many people stuck in “the velvet rut” and decide to settle down here. This is Denton – a place not too big and not too small. A place that has the fare of suburbia and of a cultured city. A place where the tallest buildings in the entire city are dormitories at Texas Women’s University which you can see for miles around – those are the tall buildings you see on the cover, fun fact for you. Listen toĀ Denton After Sunset below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
āThis song, it don't take place in Texas.ā
If you've never been to Denton, Texas, you probably heard somewhere that it's a college town. And you'd be right. Technically. At first glance, if you find yourself there, drying out like smooth adobe under the dirty sun and drowning in the lazy hum of its flagging denizens, you'd be lucky to see anything that'd make you earmark it on a map.
Whether you know your geography or not, you don't need to be from Denton to appreciate one its trademark bands, Teenage Cool Kids. Their latest effort (and likely their last),Denton After Sunset is a swan song to the city its existence was mandated by. Recorded at the end of a three month tour of North America and Europe, it should come as no surprise that the band's third long player feels older, while expectedly wiser. Lyricist and frontman Andrew Savage's lucid frankness is a stark but logical contrast from 2009'sForeign Lands.
Denton After Sunset is a whirling dervish of a record. Sonically, a Dear John letter from a departing lover that explains why things just aren't working out. With the first snaking, discordant melodies of the album's title track, Denton After Sunset begins its nine stop journey with the same charming--if whimsical--pop sensibility that Teenage Cool Kids have made a hallmark. One could say the setting of the album is certainly Denton, yet you have to wonder whether the band members' minds weren't somewhere else as the time. āThis song it don't take place in Texas, it's in a landlocked type of state,ā croons Savage. As if speeding on the interstate in the back seat of a Volvo, if not frozen on the shelf at a grocery store.
Denton After Sunset is the change you get back after spending the first quarter of your life trying to figure out who you are and it's the devil knocking at your door reminding you you can't turn back.
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