WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK FEAT. SOFTCULT
Teenage Wrist by Joe Calixto
ANNOUNCE HEADLINING TOUR STARTING SEPT. 5
LA-based rock band Teenage Wrist announce their new album, ‘Still Love’, due for release on August 4th via Epitaph Records. Venturing into their third full-length, ‘Still Love’ sees Marshall Gallagher (guitars/vocals) and Anthony Salazar (drums)—producing the album themselves to handcraft their most expansive collection of songs to date from the ground up. The culmination of the past eight years of Teenage Wrist, this record shows them continually evolving and refining their sound as they reach new heights in both scope and execution.
Teenage Wrist also share the music video for the album’s title track that features Canadian band, Softcult. With lyrics dealing with toxic masculinity and self-loathing, the song boasts a fullness consisting of fuzzy guitars and soaring harmonies of both bands’ vocalists. Check it out below!
Vocalist, guitarist and bassist Marshall Gallagher explains, “I was in a pretty dark spot after Covid (as most people were), and I was starting to piece together things about myself that were difficult to face; like why I carry so much shame and guilt, and how the manifestation of those things were quite literally hurting me, as well as others. It’s pretty wild how putting thoughts down on paper can help you make sense of your emotions. Writing these lyrics was sort of a gateway to forgiving myself – for big mistakes, for not living up to expectations, for being a shit tornado of a person in the process of learning how to live. Also, I was listening to way too much Sunny Day Real Estate and I’m sure it seeped through.”
‘Still Love’ will undoubtedly please fans who favor the distorted guitars and crunchy chords of 2021’s Earth is a Black Hole but the band aren’t ashamed to admit that there’s a strong pop sensibility that shows how much they’ve grown as songwriters. Lyrically, the songs are more introspective in comparison to the nihilistic energy of their sophomore effort, chronicling the process and emotional catharsis of learning to love oneself.
The writing process started early 2022 with a retreat in Joshua Tree that inspired the band to push the limits of experimentation, allowing a sense of liberation to flow throughout the record and even into the artwork and visuals. Instead of relying on nostalgia, the dynamic between these two musicians drives them to push the limits not only of Teenage Wrist’s sound but their own personal forms of creative expression. “We didn’t have a preconception about how we were going to be received for this record, so we decided we should just create something organic that we feel completely present making,” Salazar explains. “There was no other intent than for us to express ourselves.”
The powerful bond between these two collaborators lies at the core of Teenage Wrist’s music and, more than any other factor, that’s evident on every moment of Still Love. “There was a certain feeling that music gave me as a kid and this is honestly the first time on any record I feel like we kind of came close to achieving that,” Gallagher says of the end result. “We just shot from the gut on this record and tried not to overanalyze things… and I think the record speaks for itself.”