Teenage Bottlerocket - Stay Rad! Vinyl LP
Teenage Bottlerocket Stay Rad! Vinyl LP
Let's be honest. Teenage Bottlerocket has always been rad. Formed in Wyoming in 2000, they were rad when they released their debut album, Another Way, in 2003 and almost two decades – as the title of this eighth studio album suggests – they remain just as rad.
Following up their 2017 covers record Stealing The Covers, these 14 short, snappy and stylish punk songs are centered around the songwriting chops of guitarists/vocalists Ray Carlisle and Kody Templeman and overflow with Teenage Bottlerocket's typical mix of humor and poignancy, silliness and melancholy. But it's also the first album of original material that the band – completed by bassist Miguel Chen and drummer Darren Chewka – made following the death of former drummer and Ray's twin brother Brandon in 2015.
Recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Stay Rad! was produced and mixed by longtime collaborator Andrew Berlin and mixed by Jason Livermore. And in keeping with its title, it finds the band channeling the same riotous energy it had at the start. Although "I Never Knew" is the only song on the record about a girl it's still a quintessential Teenage Bottlerocket album. "Creature From The Black Metal Lagoon" charts the story of Norwegian black metal while also ripping on metal band du jour Deafheaven, "Night of The Knuckleheads" turns a Friday night out into a Misfits-esque horror story and "The First Time That I Did Acid Was The Last Time That I Did Acid" is an all-too-real cautionary tale about a bad trip.
Elsewhere, "I Want To Kill Clint Carlin" is an affectionate yet homicidal ode to the band's longtime roadie full of black humor, "Everything To Me" is Ray's touching but hilarious tribute to his son, and "Stupid Song" is a not-so-stupid song about the drudgery of day-to-day life and using music to escape it. That song was written at the last minute, as was penultimate track "Little Kid," a poignant ode that Ray wrote about his brother that charts the joys of their childhood together while also lamenting his loss.
Teenage Bottlerocket Stay Rad! Track Listing:
1. You Don't Get the Joke
2. Death Kart
3. Everything to Me
4. I Wanna Be a Dog
5. Night of the Knuckleheads
6. Creature from the Black Metal Lagoon
7. Anti-Social Media
8. Wild Hair (Across My Ass)
9. The First Time That I Did Acid Was the Last Time That I Did Acid
10. I Want to Kill Clint Carlin
11. I'll Kill You Tomorrow
12. Stupid Song
13. Little Kid
14. I Never Knew
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