“With driving guitar lines, maturing lyrics, and infectious hooks made for summer cruises, the [Midnight Driving EP] should cement Teenage Dads’ growing popularity in Australia.” – ROLLING STONE
“Teenage Dads are a band that are hitting their stride at just the right time.” – THE MUSIC
“expressive and experimental”
Australian breakthrough act Teenage Dads are back with a science fiction-inspired new single “Speed Racer” (out 2 June, via Chugg Music).
Following a series of electric live shows across Europe in recent weeks supporting Lime Cordiale, the band are now pleased to confirm their first ever UK + Ireland headline gigs and will return for a short stretch of shows in June.
Combining gritty yet melodic retro-inspired vocals, tight-knit rhythms and memorable hooks, new single “Speed Racer” captures the essence of Teenage Dad’s eclectic fusion of genres and proves again their perfected knack for engaging story-telling. Speaking about the inspiration for the track, the band explain: “In reference to the 1967 anime and 2008 film, “Speedracer” is the person that sends your heart racing at a 1000 miles per hour without a second thought.”
With a dynamic interplay of funky basslines, driving percussion, and vibrant synth textures, Teenage Dads create a mesmerising sonic landscape reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ experimental spirit while staying true to their own characterful sense of fun.
“Speed Racer” is the first we’ve heard from the four-piece since the release of their Midnight Driving EP (featuring fan favourites ‘Hey, Diego!’, ‘Exit Sign’ and Hottest 100 debut track ‘Teddy’) that charted at #2 in the Australian Album Charts, and at #28 in the ARIA Album charts. Since then, the band have taken the new music on a huge tour across Australia & New Zealand playing to sold-out crowds before hitting the road again with Groovin The Moo 2023.
Most recently, Teenage Dads have completed a stretch of shows as special guests with good friends Lime Cordiale on their recent EU headline tour and will soon kick-off their own run of headline shows across the UK and Ireland. Dates are as follows:
TEENAGE DADS UK + IRELAND TOUR
21.06.2023 02 Islington2, London – UK
22.06.2023 The Louisiana, Bristol- UK
23.06.2023 The Lodge, Manchester – UK
24.06.2023 Upstairs Whelans, Dublin – IE
Tickets on sale now.
Hailing from Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, the breakthrough indie-act are showing no signs of slowing down. Last year, Teenage Dads played to some of their biggest audiences to date in support of good-mates Lime Cordiale, with Spacey Jane, and on two rave-received headline tours of their own across their native Australia.
The band were also nominated for Best New Artist in the 2022 Rolling Stone Awards Australia, alongside names including Genesis Owusu and MAY-A. Covering The Buggles’ ‘80s anthem “Video Killed The Radio Star” for triple j’s iconic Like A Version segment earlier this year, the band also returned with new music of their own. Releasing the exceptional ‘MidnightDriving’ EP and its hit featured singles in 2023; it saw the band rack up over 1.6 million streams on Spotify in the process. Check out their new one-off single “Speed Racer” from 2 June.
TEENAGE DADS – NEW SINGLE “SPEED RACER” – OUT 2 JUNE, VIA CHUGG