This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album.  Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney (of Vimeo’s Simply Sylvio series) and Catharine Maloney, the songs have a fine texture and sense of atmospherics – all encased in some quality melodies.

The pleasing sounds of Teen Men begins with “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)”, which has a neat, early ’80’s Split Enz-feel; “Adventure Kids” is a radio-friendly pop number with quirks and “It’s All Rushing Back” has some very nice harmonies and some under-produced electronic instrumentation (very early ’80’s, again).  “Township (Not Sure)” has a taut crispness about it (there’s something so familiar yet so enjoyable about this track); “Fall Out A Tree” has a rich soundscape and “Kids Being Kids” has some delicious synth patterns that close out a collection of some very retro-based music.  All of which is very good.

An impressive debut to be sure.  Teen Men seem to have a very clear idea of what they want this project to be – and they’ve used the blueprints of an era which is very near and dear to me.  Well done.


Teen Men is available now


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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