Rapidly rising Australian punk rock stars TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS are thrilled to announce their debut EP Pretty Good For A Girl Band (May 13 via Domestic La La), along with the new single ‘Girl Sports’ and an 11-date national headline run on the Pretty Good For A Girl Band EP Tour, which will see the four-piece travel through WA, Qld, NSW, VIC, SA and Tas this August and September (full details below).
Written in honour of the male dentist who said that bassist Jaida Stephenson should stick to “girl sports” after knocking her teeth out skating, ‘Girl Sports’ showcases a new musical breadth to Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, with darker guitars and biting lyrics. On the single, vocalist Anna Ryan shares, “‘Girl Sports’ specifically is basically a big middle finger to all the men that have treated us like we’re less than in the music industry and to call out the losers that think it’s okay to catcall women literally every day. It’s like a big GROW UP and treat women better cause we’re just so sick and tired of it. We want everyone that has ever felt like this to have something they can belt out their frustration to.”
Pretty Good For A Girl Band is Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers proclaiming they are a force to be reckoned with no matter their gender identity. For as much as there’s a collective sense of self-assuredness among the band, Pretty Good For A Girl Band attests that their success has come in the face of being undeservedly underestimated. At large, amongst the biting lyrics of ‘Girl Sports’, the EP is less about the group spitting pure frustration, and more about holding up a mirror and sparking reflection and constructive conversation. Pretty Good For A Girl Band also features the singles ‘AHHHH!’ and ‘Miss Your Birthday’, the latter of which the band co-wrote with Alex Lahey, with James Tidswell of Violent Soho lending production.
“Despite the fact that we yell ‘fuck off’ a lot in ‘Girl Sports’, it’s not that we hate every man ever. It’s shit that this stuff happens to us, but we know where we stand and won’t let it get to us,” shares Anna Ryan. “It’s also a broader educational moment because it’s not only men that have said “you’re pretty good for a girl band” to me. I’ve had so many girls come up to me and say that or ‘I love this whole girl band thing you’ve got going on’. I’d like to think this EP can show anyone, ‘hey, if you’ve maybe ever said this or thought this, then we can all change together.’”
Embodying a quiet confidence and resolve like never before, Pretty Good For A Girl Band is a powerful documentation of Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers figuring out who they are and voicing what they stand for. It’s the result of a band refusing to meet anyone’s projection of who they should be, how they should sound, and what they should say – and that especially goes for sexist dentists.
Formed during high school in their hometown of Canberra in 2019, TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS – Anna Ryan (vocals/guitar), Scarlett McKahey (guitar/vocals), Jaida Stephenson (bass) and Neve van Boxsel (drums) – channel Riot Grrrl-era energy with a 2022 spin and are the most natural, unapologetic and damn likable punk-rockers you’ll meet. Their 2021 singles ‘Miss Your Birthday’ and ‘AHHHH!‘ have garnered over 1.6 Million streams, found playlist additions including Indie Arrivals, Local Noise, Fresh Finds AU, The Local List, and New Music Friday AU/NZ as well as local and international press support, full rotation adds on triple j and the #117 spot on the Hottest 200 countdown (‘AHHHH!’).
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers quickly snapped attention for their teenage ragamuffin image and searingly good garage punk sound, cutting their teeth playing festivals including BIGSOUND, Groovin’ The Moo, Laneway, Falls, Lost Paradise, and Spilt Milk, and supporting a slew of Australia’s finest including Polish Club, Alex Lahey, Press Club, WAAX & more. As of now, the band has graduated into an astute group of early twenty-somethings – just as concerned about issues facing today’s women and young people as they are with their loud, badass, and completely cool punk sound.
PRETTY GOOD FOR A GIRL BAND
RELEASED MAY 13
(Domestic La La)
2. Up To Summit
3. Miss Your Birthday
4. Girl Sports
5. Bull Dragon
TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS
PRETTY GOOD FOR A GIRL BAND 2022 TOUR
Tickets on sale now via:
Friday, August 12 – Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough, WA
Saturday, August 13 – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday, August 19 – Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, August 20 – Burleigh Bazaar, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday, August 21 – Riversounds, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday, August 25 – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday, August 26 – Crowbar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, August 27 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday September 2 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, September 3 – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday September 10 – Unibar, Hobart, TAS
TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS ALSO APPEARING AT:
Wednesday, March 30 – The Cambridge, Newcastle w/Alex Lahey
Saturday, April 2 – UC Bar, Canberra
Sunday, April 10 – Live at the Bowl, Melbourne w/ Dune Rats
Thursday, April 14 – Mary’s Underground, Sydney
visit teenjesusandthejeanteasers.net for all details