Single: Teenage Halloween – Getting Bitter

“Stand by your friends that are hurting. That’s what Teenage Halloween do through soaring arrangements of melodic angst, wracked vocals that insist “I love you so much I would die for you,” and passion-packed two-minute dispatches tackling topics from gender euphoria, to state abuses, and an eternal quest for mental well-being. The results are potent punk vistas that document young queer life at the edge of America. 

At the heart of vocalist and guitarist Luk Henderiks’ lyrics is an urgent longing for community. Despite their often striking personal vulnerability, these songs reach out to the wider world, striving to hold themselves and those around them accountable for their actions and to make space for those that need to be heard. In 2020, the band released their self-titled debut album via storied Garden State label Don Giovanni and swiftly won over a host of tastemakers. BrooklynVegan placed it at #10 on their Best New Punk Albums Of 2020, while Stereogum hailed them on their 40 Best New Bands Of 2020 list. American Songwriter, Paste, and KEXP brought further kind words to the table.

Having been unable to tour the album on its release in pre-vaccine times, the band hit the road with abandon in late 2021 and beyond, notching nearly 150 shows on their belts; including their first national US tour, an invitation to showcase at SXSW, and dates with Algernon Cadwallader, Chris Farren, Good Riddance, Say Anything and many more. These shows invariably deliver a calling card of unrelenting energy, wry wit, and warmth.

In February 2023, the group headed into Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, PA, under the guiding hand of producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Beach Bunny, Joyce Manor), and tracked the 13 dispatches on isolation, uncertainty, and hope for better days, that make up Till You Return. This second full-length outing finds the band, which operated as a ‘rotating cast’ in it’s early years, now firmly entrenched as an essential four-piece comprised of Henderiks alongside Eli Frank (guitar, vocals), Tricia Marshall (bass, vocals) and Peter Gargano (drums). The quartet maintains the vital energy of their previous incarnations but brings an even more focused punch to the arrangements that leaves greater room for Henderiks’ lyrics. Fans of the band will also have noticed the creative assent of Marshall who takes the vocal lead on multiple songs that have become defining features of the band’s recent live shows and which bring a fresh new viewpoint to the band’s ongoing sonic mission for a more equal and just world.

You know I love to share long press releases because a) I love to read them and b) I want to give it as inspiration for our future releases and your press coverage. So far no one has complained about it and I hope nobody will.

There is a new album you can pre-order via Don Giovanni Records and I am quite excited. There are already three singles out from the album and you can get an idea how the album will sound. I love this blend of emo/punk/power rock which emits so much energy. I am also enjoying their statement “stand by your friends that are hurting.” I always thought you would discover true friends when you are at your lowest. I can say that from my personal experience. I have been recently discovering harder (punk/emo/hardcore) music and the people in the scene are the nicest people. It sounds like you would love to be friends with people from Teenage Halloween.

I am really enjoying the energy from these songs and cannot wait to listen to the full album.

I am really loving the cover art of this album and it would be amazing to own a cassette version of this album, but I have to control my expenses these days. But maybe one day…

Just start these tracks and enjoy them as much as I do!

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