You are daydreaming on the moon, losing sight of the world in its constant state of revelation. How did it all turn out this way? And does it really even matter? Chilling in your Sunday slacks and misinterpreted actions, an echo emerges from a window. The walls become translucent, and calling back at you is Victoria’s dream rock group, Teenage Wedding. Finally, an explanation. Bring forth unbridled lyrical expression and self observant déjà vu. Your days are still boring, but no longer meaningless. Teenage Wedding calls upon an existential view of a story better told through catchy riffs, soothing synth tones and off-kiltered vocals. Get ready for true assertion.
Comprised of Nick Joy (vocals, guitar), Hazen Price (guitar), Teresa Krohner (drums), Dylan Joy (bass) and Paul Jackson (keyboard), Teenage Wedding is a splendid musical representation of Victoria’s idiosyncrasy. A lackadaisical, chill pop vibe explodes from their lips, hands and feet, engulfing the listener in with poetic self-expression. Nick’s passionate, swirling lyrical delivery creates an atmosphere that is familiar to fan’s of groups like Pavement and Broadcast. With driving bass lines and rolling drum beats, their songs chug along down the track, passing through sections layered of floral synth patterns as well as meandering, but jarring, guitar elements. Paul’s use of the vocoder adds another part of the story, giving depth and a split character to Nick’s overwhelmingly relate-able storytelling.
Their Ep titled The Great Sadness has striking features of originality. In terms of the overall structure, it’s well put together, and has a tasteful additions without overdoing it. I’m referring to the off-the-floor giggles and random coughing. It adds to the flavor of the album, it’s real. It’s saying, “This is what we’re doing, and we hope you like it, but if you don’t, that’s okay, catch you at the next one bud”. They’ve added a lot of colours to each track. Playing janky guitar riffs, adding subtle, but weird effects. It’s a perfect example of pushing limits, testing the norm and not creating something in a world of oversaturation.
Be sure to be on the lookout for Teenage Wedding this summer, maybe some touring? We can only hope.