Having spent the last eight years continually evolving and refining their sound, Still Love represents a fully realized version of Teenage Wrist. Reaching new heights in both scope and execution, their third record is a demonstration of the band maturing as songwriters and musicians. Deftly tackling much more introspective subject matter than their high energy, nihilistic sophomore effort, Still Love chronicles the process and emotional catharsis of learning to love oneself through pensive lyricism.
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 lead guitarist and vocalist Marshall Gallagher and drummer Anthony Salazar lies at the core of Teenage Wrist’s music, and 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, “We just shot from the gut on this record and tried not to overanalyze things… and I think the record speaks for itself.”