You don’t need me to tell you that shoegaze has witnessed a second wind recently. While it may have declined in popularity during the 90s, in no small part to the rise of the colossal Britpop and grunge movement, acts like DIIV and Ringo Deathstarr have introduced this forgotten genre to a new audience.
Teen Brains are new to the scene yet show a lot of promise. In fact, new is probably an understatement seeing as they only came about in April of last year, though this doesn’t hinder their sound in the slightest. Twangled guitars and distortion are all present, genre staples, on ‘Wash Away’ but the song doesn’t feel like an intimidator, it feels like it’s ripped out straight from The Jesus and Mary Chain’s discography in the nicest possible way.
The psychedelic vibes resonate with the listener, hinting that the band may not pigeonhole themselves exclusively to making this sort of music though previous tracks like ‘Flume‘ makes this unlikely. Regardless of this, if the quality is this consistent with future releases then Teen Brains might be at the forefront of this shoegaze resurrection.
Teen Brains will hit the road with Turnover next month for a run of shows across the country.
14 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
15 Bristol, Exchange
16 Nottingham, Bodega
17 Birmingham, The Cellar
18 Norwich, The Owl Sanctuary
19 Southampton, Joiners