7" Survey: Teenanger

Every edition of this season’s Long Winter, the first 350 guests through the doors at The Great Hall will receive a free split seven-inch from Scion Sessions, each side featuring a song from one of the night’s featured artists. To compliment the releases, we’ll issue a seven-part questionnaire to each of the artists involved, giving the subjects an inch (about 85 words) of space to answer each of our questions.

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The February instalment of the Scion Sessions Split 7” Series features a track each from HSY and Teenanger. In this collectively answered questionnaire with Teenanger, the band teases a new EP and tosses around some potential names for the release. Read the full questionnaire below.

Long Winter: Who are you and how did Teenanger come together?

Teenanger: We are Teenanger. We came together like Voltron.

LW: How about “Agoraphobia” – what inspired that?

T: It's inspired by Chris [Swimmings, vocals]'s bout with the disease which only lasted a day and wasn't really a disease at all but a curious case of a toxic brownie.

LW: For lots of listeners, this will be their first point of access to Teenanger’s music. Where does this song fit into the rest of your catalogue? 

T: It's a gateway to the future. Like in Quantum Leap where the dude knows he's travelling to a different point in time but doesn't quite know where that will be.

LW: Once they’re turned on to this, what releases (songs, EPs, albums, or otherwise) should people pursue as logical next steps? 

T: Logically, people should work backwards, starting with our last two LPs, Singles Don't $ell and Frights. They might also want to keep their eyes peeled for a new EP we are recording right now. No title yet, but we're toying with "Mona Lisa's Arsehole" or "Balls of Steel."

LW: When you think of winter, what’s a memory that stands out for you?

T: Staying in a cabin with no heat in the dead of winter filming our video for "Cops But Not" and all lying on a frozen lake. Best coldest night ever.

LW: How do you survive winters in Toronto?

T: Ganja, records, films, playing squash and staying in bed.

LW: What are you looking forward to for the February edition of Long Winter?

T: Steve [Sidoli, drums] really enjoys being warm and cozy when he plays drums. A show like this in the dead of winter allows him to flaunt one of his famous wool sweaters and leave people in the crowd wondering how he is not a giant perspiration pool.

Interview by Tom Beedham