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“expressive and experimental” – NME
“Memorable songwriting, quirky charisma and out-of-this-world live show” – BEAT
“Teenage Dads have created a rhythmic dream.” – Lu Hill, TRIPLEJ
Melbourne four-piece – TEENAGE DADS – have today released their highly anticipated ‘Midnight Driving’ EP, along with focus track “Goodbye, Goodbye Again”.
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Already racking up over 1.6 million streams on Spotify, the ‘Midnight Driving’ EP features recent electrifying singles “Hey, Diego!”, and “Exit Sign”, the band’s Hottest 100 debut single “Teddy” and title track “Midnight Driving” released just last week, as well as two additional unreleased tracks.
“The EP is about perspective. How things look from one point of view, and how they can change over time from another outlook. The songs feel like diary entries, documented internally, like conversations you have with yourself when you go Midnight Driving. A constant, internal form of therapy almost,” the band explain.
Tackling a variety of genres across the EP, the release sees Teenage Dads take a slight sonic detour from their distinctive upbeat, experimental sound and adventurous storylines, uncovering a side of their sound that is a little older and a little wiser, yet just as catchy and sonically adventurous.
On new focus track and EP closer “Goodbye, Goodbye Again”, the band further dial down the tempo to truly embody the knowledge that: “Saying goodbye isn’t always easy, and “Goodbye, Goodbye Again: dives into the desolation you meet at the end. It might not be over forever, but for now it is.”
As vocalist Jordy explains “While this was written at the point of a breakup I had been through, it seems the song also takes on the general idea of how difficult it is to say goodbye, whether that’s to a friend, to family, a lover, or even an aspect of your life that you are leaving behind: moving away, starting a new job, retiring.”
The new EP also comes fresh off the back of their latest single release “Midnight Driving”, and the incredibly eerie Halloween-inspired official video clip to go with it. Layering extraterrestrial-esque synths with a bass-heavy melody, “Midnight Driving” was written whilst “coming to an understanding that a relationship is on its way out. Maybe you don’t want it to end, maybe you do. Depends on which seat you’re in. Are you in the passenger seat begging to go for another drive? Or are you the driver ready to speed off into the night?” Directed by Kyle Caulfield (Three Nights) and shot on location in Melbourne, the band explain “we’ve always wanted to do something less happy-go-lucky, so it was an exciting change seeing ourselves in these spooky settings, and the end product is like a horror film from the 80s.”
The ‘Midnight Driving’ EP also follows on from the band’s first-time appearance on triple j’s iconic Like A Version segment in their home country of Australia. Covering The Buggles’ ‘80s anthem “Video Killed The Radio Star”, the band also performed original track “Teddy” which had previously charted in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown.
Renowned for their energetic and dynamic live show and with no signs of slowing down, Teenage Dads will also be bringing their out-of-this-world performance to the UK and Ireland this Spring. Joining good friends Lime Cordiale as special guests in Dublin, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London, find full dates and details below.
Hailing from Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, the breakthrough indie-act are showing no signs of slowing down. Teenage Dads kicked off 2022 playing to some of the biggest audiences to date as special guests on good-mates Lime Cordiale’s 14 Steps To A Better You national tour in Australia, followed up with a feature slot on Spacey Jane’s Here Comes Everybody national arena tour. Wanting to give their fans the full headline experience, Teenage Dads kicked off their 11 stop Exit Sign tour over May & June 2022, and wrapped up their Ready Teddy Go tour in December 2022 after playing a run of sold-out, headline shows across their home country. Initially announcing 13 dates, demand for tickets quickly saw the tour extended to 23 dates including sold out shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and more.
The band were also nominated for Best New Artist in the 2022 Rolling Stone Awards Australia alongside names including Genesis Owusu and MAY-A.