Tweens Premiere Next Single "Forever" on Pitchfork

Tweens Premiere Next Single "Forever" on Pitchfork

Listen to First Single “Be Mean”

Announce Debut Self-Titled LP Out Apr. 8 on Frenchkiss

Tracklisting

01. Bored in this City
02. McMicken
03. Be Mean
04. Rattle + Rollin’
05. Stoner
06. Don’t Wait Up
07. Hardcore Boy
08. Girlfriend
09. Forever
10. Want U
11. Star Studder

Bridget Battle’s last band might have been a high school choir, but the 21-year-old singer for Cincinnati’s Tweens is no goody two shoes. Look no further for proof than their forthcoming Self-Titled LP, the punk-tinged debut from the trash-pop trio—Battle on vocals and guitar, Peyton Copes on bass and Jerri Queen on drums—that showcases a melodic, driven and exceedingly catchy sound that’s anything but well behaved.

Tweens only formed in 2012, but has already made a name for themselves among fans—including The Breeders, who invited the band to open for them on a recent U.S. tour. The story goes that Kim Deal booked the band for one gig on the recommendation of Jim Blaze, owner of Cincinnati record shop Shake It Records, and was so impressed she brought on band to play select East Coast gigs and a full West Coast tour. Additionally, the band toured with the Black Lips, their partners in a party-centric attitude.

Listen to “Forever” on Pitchfork or stream below

Despite the established friends, Tweens are very much their own band, bratty and precocious, sincere and genuine. The band’s name conjuresjust the right image: screaming hordes afflicted with Beatlemania, teenyboppers out for a good time, the underage, over-the-top punks in Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains. Think of cheery kids at their most excited, but juxtaposed with lyrics about bad boyfriends and unrelenting independency. Tweens are not a riot grrrl revisionist band, but they are a ferociously honest one.

The trio has come a long way from their early demos and previously released Live at the Mohawk EP. Tweens, is a collection of new, garage-influenced tracks—produced by Eli Janney—sprinkled with some of the band’s older, doo-wop influenced favorites. The first single, “Be Mean,” is a biting anthem, with Battle crooning, “I want you to be mean to me,” while “Forever” harkens back to a girl-gang sound, this time with driving bass. The band sites Bay Area punks The Donnas, The Trashwomen and the Bobbyteens as influences—and that bubblegum badass vibe is apparent throughout the full-length—but the sound Tweens are creating is truly their own. So rat your hair, slip on your leather jacket and hold on tight because Tweens may be young but they’re certainly not naïve, and with the release of this freshman LP, they’re breaking curfew and nobody’s safe.

North American Tour

Mar. 06  The End – Freakin’ Weekend V  Nashville, TN
Mar. 07  Hang Fire Bar – Savannah Stopover Savannah, GA
Mar. 08  Mammal Gallery – Atlanta GA
Mar. 09  Siberia – New Orleans, LA
Mar. 10  LogOn Cafe – Beaumont, TX
Mar. 11  City Tavern – Dallas, TX
Mar. 12 – 15 SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar. 17 Low Key Arts – Valley of the Vapors Hot Springs, AR
Mar. 18 J.R.’s Lightbulb Co – Fayetteville, AR
Apr. 01 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr. 02 The Gold Bar – Baltimore, MD
Apr. 03 Death By Audio – Brooklyn, NY
Apr. 05 The Low Beat – Albany, NY
Apr. 06 O’Brien’s – Cambridge, MA
Apr. 07 Cabaret Playhouse – Montreal, QC
Apr. 08 The Silver Dollar – Toronto, ON
Apr. 10 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
Apr. 11 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
May. 29 – Jun. 1 Nelsonville Music Festival – Nelsonville, OH

 

Listen to the first single, ‘Be Mean’

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Press

“Totally fucking rad.” — NME

“Fun, puckered” — Pitchfork

“Crisp and kinetic lo-fi garage-pop jams…Dream city.” Stereogum

“Tweens have found the common ground between the saccharine sentiment of pop music and the kick-your-face-in intensity of punk.” Passion of the Weiss

“Cincinnati rockers Tweens push a sugary blast of dirty pop-punk thunder. It makes me want to drink three Big Gulps in a parking lot and throw the cups on the ground, because, really, who cares.”RCRD LBL

“Cincinnati trio Tweens make garagey, nasally, punky pop that is equal parts rauccous and infectious. Songs like “Be Mean” and “Rattle&Rollin'” are both especially catchy.” Brooklyn Vegan

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Tweens Premiere Next Single "Forever" on Pitchfork