Teen Runnings // “Wonder Mountaineering”
Bands will change their name for a myriad of reasons. In the case of the Japanese surf rocking band Friends, their name change was done with you the listener in mind. I don’t know if you have ever tried to google the band or not. I have and it’s darn near impossible. So in order to make things less confusing, they will now and forevermore be known as Teen Runnings. I can dig it. In honor of the metamorphosis, there is a brand new bandcamp site with a handful of new demos for you to indulge in. (Seeing as their debut album was #15 on my year-end list, you can imagine how stoked I was to hear this.)
For proof of their good time vibes check out this video for the new jammer “Wonder Mountaineering.” Much less fuzzy, much less surfy, but still so very awesome. Painting over rough edges with a shoegazing sheen, Teen Runnings maintain the one thing that always brings me back to them: a totally infectious pop sensibility. When Shota Kaneko sings those hooks, man I’m sold. He’s known for dropping pearls every once in a while (like this Maroon 5 cover) so keep ‘em on the radar, folks.
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