Letting Up Despite Great Faults “Teenage Tide”

By Emily Becker on Friday, September 23rd, 2011  |  2,250 views

Indie Rock, Indie-Pop

Letting Up Despite Great Faults “Teenage Tide” Letting Up Despite Great Faults “Teenage Tide”

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Teen blogger phenom Tavi recently started Rookie, a new website slavishly devoted to dissecting the late ‘80s / early ‘90s concept of the female adolescent (think Clare Danes as Angela Chase abutting Morrissey rubbing shoulders with Laura Palmer). Even though Letting Up Despite Great Faults is sometimes a trio of guys who left their teen years in the dust awhile back, “Teenage Tide” fits right in with Rookie’s milieu.

“Teenage Tide” is a pastiche of basic Jesus and Mary Chain bompity-bomp rhythms overlaid with the wispiest vocals this side of Stuart Murdoch. The song’s pace quickens during its final minute, building tension, as the guitar takes hold and lifts the listener with it, as if it was scoring the end of a John Hughes film.

Lyrically “Teenage Tide” captures the angst that makes those transitive years so nebulous and emotional, but also singular. Vocalist and band founder Michael Lee kicks off the song with the line “My teenage war still marks me undefeated in your room again.” And later he adds, “I’m falling to pieces, too scared to be the same.” That’s a rallying cry for teenage confusion, if ever there was one.

Hear “Teenage Tide” in concert with the rest of the tracks on the Paper Crush EP, Letting Up’s most recent release, which Old Flame Records released digitally on August 2, 2011.

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