Teenage X - Drink Dance Destroy
Drink Dance Destroy is the self-released debut album from punk-inspired Toronto quartet Teenage X.
The record is an interesting balance of raw punk and refined power pop that you don't hear much nowadays. While most of their contemporaries tend to skew too far in one direction or the other, Teenage X finds a stable equilibrium.
The punk rock influence manifests in the high octane assault of a track like "Say What You Want", and the careening "Fast Machine". The band The title track's pummeling drums and wafer-thin guitar and bass is reminiscent of 7 Year Bitch.
There is a pop sensibility that dominates more than one song. It's clear from the opening cut "The Signal" that singer Sarah Page's vocal style is more Kristin Hersh than it is Kathleen Hanna. Peppy hook-filled numbers like "Losin' It" and "On the Outside" evoke memories of female-fronted power pop groups like Letters To Cleo or Jale.
From a lyrical perspective, things are a little predictable. The songs tend to be angsty and deal with your typical teenage situations. I suppose between the band's name and the album's title that I shouldn't be surprised. Unfortunately, their lack of sophistication is the weak point of the album.
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