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TeenCanteen are a very unique four piece group, forming a perfect mash up of folk music with their flawless all girl harmonies, and blending this with a '70’s vibe both in sound and appearance. Paired with a knack for writing insanely catchy songs, TeenCanteen are a truly enjoyable affair.
Having played various festivals across the country this summer, tonight's headline gig is aimed at giving their fans one last performance before they disappear into the studio to record their debut album. As such, it is perhaps unsurprising that the venue was jam-packed with people digging the TeenCanteen vibe.
Support came from fellow capital dwellers Birdhead, a wonky pop duo with Krautrock tendancies who offered a different musical style to our headliners, drawing material from their much acclaimed album Pleasure Centre. With Birdhead having thoroughly warmed the crowd up, TeenCanteen took over, continuing in a equally strong fashion. Perhaps it was Saturday night, perhaps it was TeenCanteen's pop sensibilities, or more likely a combination of both. What ever the cause the crowd lapped it up, with one jovial man encouraging the rest of the crowd to join his dancing.
Whilst being well versed in providing marching beats, and swaying pop melodies, TeenCanteen also know how to pen a great song, with lead songwriter Carla Easton displaying a knack for clever word-play and intelligent story-telling. Paticular highlights include You're Still Mine , the band's second single released in June earlier this year, and the sugar-sweet How We Met (Cherry Pie). The latter simply so infectious it is guaranteed to nestle in your head all night.
On the basis of tonight's showing and with the girls now retreating to work on that aforementioned debut album, the next time TeenCanteen are gigging will mark a must-see. All we ask is that they don't keep us waiting too long!
- Words by Martina Salveta, pictures by Hannah McMillan