27 September 2023

Pretty Good For A Girl Band

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Reviewed by Ian Phillips.

By Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, Domestic La La 2022.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are an all-female punk/rock band from our nation’s capital, and they are absolutely brilliant.

The band consists of Anna Ryan on vocals, Scarlett McKahey (guitar vocals), Neve van Boxsel on drums, and Jaida Stephenson on bass.

Pretty good for a Girl Band is their debut EP on Domestic La La label and it’s one of the most impressive releases I’ve received this year.

The girls formed the band while they were still at school and over the last few years, they have been mastering their craft and gaining a strong local following.

Now they are 20-year-olds, they’ve produced a work they can be really proud of and one that’s sure to make them household names throughout the nation.

This five track EP is all energy and class.

It opens with Ahhhh! which has the ‘Ah’ yell as its chorus.

It’s unbelievably catchy and sets the tone for the EP brilliantly.

The thing that is immediately evident about Teen Jesus is how singable the songs are.

You find yourself Ahhhing along with them right from the first listen.

There’s so much good stuff on the EP.

All the girls sing, and their harmonies on Up To The Summit are light and delicate.

Which goes to show that they can do sweet and soft to go with the raucous and hard.

Miss Your Birthday is a full bore ahead rock song with pounding drum track and lovely guitar riffs.

Of course, it’s got a great chorus.

If I wasn’t hooked by Ahhhh! Summit, and Birthday, then Girl Sports grabbed me by the lapels, shook the bejesus out of me and made me listen.

The track is a perfectly aimed kick to the nether regions for all the males who have ever been condescending, sexist, chauvinistic, belittling or dismissive.

Apparently, the girls have lost count of the number of times they’ve been told they’re “pretty good for a girl band”.

These girls are not ‘pretty good,’ they’re a bloody fantastic band, full stop!

The final track, Bull Dragon, rounds off the EP with style. It feels summative as if it’s been deliberately written to close the disc.

Wonderful… 5 stars!

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