Rapidly-rising punk rock stars Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers today share a new single and video ‘I Used To Be Fun’, the opening track from their forthcoming debut album ‘I Love You’ (out 6th October via Domestic La La). Also featuring the vulnerable ‘Never Saw It Coming’ and rip-roaring ‘Lights Out’, ‘I Love You’ sees Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers step into a new sonic territory to create an expansive debut well beyond their years. ‘I Used To Be Fun’ is out everywhere now – stream HERE.
‘I Used To Be Fun’ is a poppy punk rock track laden with singalongs and hooky riffs that shares the shifts in what having fun looks like as you get older. Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers share, “‘I Used To Be Fun’ is about getting older and redefining the way you have fun. We have all noticed in the past year or so, going from 22 to 23, that fun looks really different sometimes when you start to get older. It’s about missing your past self who would go out every night and have a fully charged social battery, rather than seeing the fun in staying home alone.” ‘I Used To Be Fun’ comes with a video directed, filmed and edited by drummer Neve Van Boxsel, starring singer Anna Ryan as they take on different backdrops around Naarm/Melbourne.
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers have become renowned for their high-energy live shows that not even (multiple) broken feet can get in the way of. Earlier this year, their inaugural visit to the UK saw them pack out shows at The Great Escape and sell out headline dates in London. This October & November they will play six headline shows on the ‘I Love You’ Album Tour in Australia. And the band are set to support Foo Fighters in Aus in December.
The strengths of the four members of Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers shine through across the 12 tracks on ‘I Love You’; four distinct personalities with a core dynamic based on a shared love for each other’s work ethic and talent, making the road to their debut album not just exciting, but intriguing. Produced by Oscar Dawson, they step into new sonic territory on their debut album – where their previous releases smacked bang into your eardrums, they toy with softness and ease across the album seen on bubblegum love songs with an underside like ‘I Love You’, ‘Salt’ (ft. The Grogans) and the vibe-setting ‘Toe Bone’, while still staying true to their punk rock roots (‘I Don’t Want It’, ‘Lights Out’, ‘Treat Me Better’). ‘I Love You’ showcases the breadth of Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers’ craft – never to be pigeonholed, and definitely never underestimated. The album’s first cut ‘Lights Out’ – a hard-hitting anthem all about claiming your sexuality and confidence – is in full rotation on triple j and received play on BBC Radio 1 and Kerrang! Radio with love from NME, Music Feeds, Happy and Classic Rock among others and a slew of covers and playlist additions across Spotify and Apple.
Formed during high school in their hometown of Canberra in 2019, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – Anna Ryan (they/them; vocals/guitar), Scarlett McKahey (she/her; guitar/vocals), Jaida Stephenson (she/her; bass) and Neve van Boxsel (she/her; drums) – channel Riot Grrrl-era energy with a 2023 spin and are the most natural, confident and damn likeable punk-rockers you’ll meet. Their debut EP ‘Pretty Good For A Girl Band’ (2022) featured ‘Girl Sports’ which hit #55 on this year’s triple j Hottest 100 and saw praise from The Guardian, triple j, frankie, The AU Review, Music Feeds, The Music and Kill Your Stereo, with ‘AHHHH!’ taking the #117 spot on the triple j Hottest 200 countdown last year. Now based across Dharawal Country/Wollongong, Ngunnawal/Canberra, and Naarm/Melbourne, the band have graduated into an astute group of early twenty-somethings – just as concerned about issues facing today’s women, non-binary people and young people everywhere as they are with their loud and completely cool punk rock sound.
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Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers Tour Dates:
Friday July 28 – Les Escales Festival – Saint-Nazaire, FR
Friday October 27 – The Triffid – Meanjin/Brisbane (Lic/AA)
Thursday November 2 – UniBar – Tarndanya/Adelaide (Lic/AA)
Friday November 3 – 170 Russell – Naarm/Melbourne
Friday November 10 – The River – Wadandi Boodja/Margaret River
Saturday November 11 – Port Beach Brewery – Walyalup/Fremantle
Friday November 17 – Metro Theatre – Eora/Sydney (Lic/AA)
Monday December 4 – AAMI Stadium w/Foo Fighters – Naarm/Melbourne