New York City based The Teenage Prayers celebrate the release of their latest CD â€œEveryone Thinks Youâ€™re The Bestâ€ with a mini-tour.
Sat, 4.19 World CafÃ© Live, Philadelphia, PA
Sat, 4.26 Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA
Wed, 4.30 Rehab (Stranded In Stereo Show), New York, NY
The Teenage Prayers are currently being featured by Clear Channel Online in both the Alternative and Adult sections of their â€œNew!â€ online music program, which exposes new music and artists via Clear Channelâ€™s radio station websites. (http://clearchannelmusic.com/cc-common/new/6/indexalternative.html).
Click Here To see video of The Teenage Prayers at Stubbs during SXSW 2008:
Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hIDlQGYjJbs
Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=CzUgHSPGVUY
Boston Herald: â€œAâ€ – If youâ€™ve bounced from Marah to the Hold Steady to Art Brut looking to recapture the high you get from discovering fresh, 24-karat rock â€™nâ€™ roll, you need to freebase New Yorkâ€™s Teenage Prayersâ€¦ this Steve Wynn-produced follow-up clobbers cool and catchy with maniacal rock brilliance.
The Deli Magazine: The twelve Steve Wynn (of Dream Syndicate fame) produced tracks that make up the album are tight, catchy throwbacks to the flamboyant seventies, with a lot bit of soul thrown in.
All Music Guide: Everyone Thinks You’re the Best is a rocking good time, executed with soul and conviction, and ultimately a wonderful endorsement for a band that must be a blast in a live setting.
Gambit Weekly (New Orleans): â€¦part ’70s art rock with poetic, image-rich stream-of-consciousness lyrics shot through with an infusion of Memphis soul keyboards a la Booker T. & the MG’s, plus plenty of Brill Building-style doo-wahs and sha-la-las roughed up with a punk edge and singer Tim Adams’ strangled vocals.
Bruce Warren of WXPN-Philly: Frontman Tim Adams comes with the drama and energy so lacking in indie-rock these days and his brother Terry is adept at riffing on soul music as he is with the classic rock. The songs on this album promise you a bright future should you indulge.
PopMatters.com: Bucking the “nostalgia band” trend by being authentically nostalgic, the Teenage Prayers cause you to give blessings to that raw, purely enthusiastic adolescent music fan in all of us.
The Tripwire: “Everyone knows music achieved perfection in 1974,” explains Homer Simpson. “It’s a scientific fact.” I wager that the Teenage Prayers not only agree with Mr. Simpson, but also are hard at work developing the time machine capable of transporting an entire band back and forth to that point in our history. Until that day, they–and we–will have to live in the present and enjoy Everyone Thinks You’re The Best, the second album from a band poised to resurrect and revitalize the past.
Brooklyn Rocks: The band’s music is somewhat of a throwback to the 70’s but it touches on all points of the spectrum. There are elements of Cheap Trick, New York Dolls, Queen and California funk-rock on this disc.
ABOUT THE TEENAGE PRAYERS
It’s a risky business to meet your musical heroes. They can shatter your illusions in a word. Or they can turn out to be the people you dream them to be.
So far, The Teenage Prayers are two-for-two on the winning side of that equation.
In 2005, Grammy-winning soul legend Solomon Burke offered to produce a final track for their first album, Ten Songs, flew the New York group to LA and did just that. In 2006, Steve Wynn — founder of the Dream Syndicate and 30-year hero of the DIY rock world — watched The Teenage Prayers open a gig for him. He, too, offered to produce them. The result: â€œEveryone Thinks You’re the Best.”
“Everyone Thinks You’re the Best” is filled with raucous melodies, a truly dislocated sense of time and place and lyrics that explore the dark corners of manhood and mankind. Touching many points on the musical spectrum, the album cavorts through garage rock, glam, America’s south, soul, gospel, reggae, bossa nova, and Teutonic stomp. Amazingly, the diverse menu always sounds like The Teenage Prayers.
Lead singer Tim Adams, who has been called “a cross between James Brown and Isaac Brock” (of Modest Mouse) by the Boston Phoenix, is one of the band’s signature elements; brotherly harmonies by guitarist Terrence Adams provide perfect counterpoint. The rhythm section of Kyle Chrise on bass and Kyle Wills on drums, underpins the oddly familiar yet totally unique sound of this band.
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