***Teenage Swoon***

For fans of: Hugs, Panthers and Since By Man.

The first song, "Guthrie - Grow Up" screams (literally) Panthers and softer Since By Man (which is not really soft). The band dabbles in sassy, low toned rock'n'roll with some spastic moments where the band steps into screamo/post-hardcore territory with a fine gloss of punk. "Seeing Eye Dogs Go Blind" follows a similar trajectory as the first track, while "Where I Live" has some killer bass riffs and a catchier melody for the singer, as well as some heavy shit near the end. "Inflict That Noise" is so Panthers I almost can't sit still, and again the bassist is killing me with these blasting/bouncy bass riffs. The closer and title track "No Hymns" has more of an aggressive edge than the earlier tracks, and even reminds me of Hugs at times. Good stuff!

i just had an interesting thought. I'd like the band to become a little more mature and polished, but at the same time the last thing I want is for TEENAGE SWOON to have an overly slick, overproduced pile of shit. There's a happy medium there and the band is pretty close to walking it now. But, I do have 2 beefs with the 5 song album. I'm usually all for high bass but this was a little excessive at times and the singing can come across as flat and/or out of tune. Considering how many good things I have to say about this album that ain't too shabby.

Check it out if you ever liked Orched, Since By Man or The Blood Brothers.

http://teenageswoon.bandcamp.com/album/no-hymns