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|FUTURE TEENS ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM SELF HELP DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA TRIPLE CROWN RECORDS|
PRE-ORDER THE LP HERE
PLUS, FUTURE TEENS ANNOUNCE FALL U.S. TOUR ALONG THE EAST COAST AND THROUGH THE MIDWEST
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|[“Same Difference”] is a chiming indie-rock song with Daniel Radin taking the lead on vocals and Amy Hoffman coming in on the chorus for some inspirational high school advice.”|
|“Personal, identifiable, resonant lyricism…[“Same Difference” is] an intersection where the something short, catchy and has a shout-a-long chorus collides head-on with writing that leaves you feeling extremely seen.”|
|“[The music of Future Teens] is firmly grounded in the everyday. Feelings are felt viscerally and observed wryly. Sadness is not a burden to be transcended, but an existential state to be analyzed, gently mocked, even wallowed in. This is the kind of music that wants to sweep you away. The kind of music that wants to make you feel.”|
|Photo Credit: Adam Parshall|
|Boston-based emo-pop-rock quartet Future Teens announce their third studio album Self Help available for pre-order now via Triple Crown Records. Alongside new music, Future Teens will embark on a fall U.S. tour with support from CampTrash and Rat Tally beginning on October 13 in Brooklyn, NY, throughout the East Coast and Midwest, concluding in Cleveland, OH on October 23. Tickets are on sale via futureteensofamerica.com.|
Self Help, the third studio album from Future Teens, brings their “bummer pop” title to life with 10 tracks that blend glittering pop melodies and emo-rock with profoundly vulnerable confessions. The band is distinctively unafraid to confront their struggles with mental health using cathartic anthems that transcend identity, time and space and ultimately allow them, and their fans, to find strength in each other, rather than alone. “We’ve all learned the hard way that the best (and sometimes only) way to help ourselves is to ask for help from others,” says Amy Hoffman (vocalist/guitarist), explaining the origins of the album. “We didn’t set out to write a record about that, Daniel and I just happened to bring each other ideas with overlapping themes about mental health and struggling to get better – sometimes it’s like we have the same brain, even with such different lived experiences.”
Describing the recording process, which involved mostly live instruments with help from longtime collaborator and producer Andy D. Park (Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion, Now Now), Hoffman shares, “Making ‘Self Help’ with all four of us playing together live was the most hectic, fun, exhausting 10 days, made all the better by our producer and friend Andy Park. His ability to turn our most esoteric ideas into something cooler than we had imagined is nothing short of magic.”
The previously shared “Same Difference” is a track that explores the idea of a soulmate constructed around advice vocalist and guitarist Daniel Radin got from his sister. A balance between vulnerability, accountability and having fun reflects much of what Future Teens achieve with their breezy, emotionally-charged, and raw optimism packaged into smooth chord progressions and biting songwriting. Atwood Magazine wrote the track is, “…an intersection where the something short, catchy and has a shout-a-long chorus collides head-on with writing that leaves you feeling extremely seen.”
After forming in 2014, Future Teens have been on the rise. Though 2020 halted their ascent, the group has maintained their momentum and are ready to re-introduce themselves in 2022. The four-piece is made up of guitarists/vocalists Amy Hoffman (they/he) and Daniel Radin (he/him), drummer Colby Blauvelt (he/him) and bassist Maya Mortman (she/her), who come together to make a concoction of earnest, explosive and vulnerable emo-rock-tinged pop with pounding drums, glistening guitar riffs and irresistible melodies. With their sly, self-aware lyricism and upbeat cathartic bangers, the band has caught the attention of several notable tastemakers like Stereogum, Substream Magazine, Boston’s WBUR, who wrote the band “makes sadness sound like fun” and more.
Experience the Future Teens live on tour this October throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Find a full list of dates below and grab tickets via futureteensofamerica.com.
The band’s third studio album, Self Help, is due out September 23 and available for pre-order now via Triple Crown Records. See Future Teens live on tour through the U.S. this fall with tickets on sale here and connect with Future Teens on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest.
LISTEN: “Same Difference”
|Tour graphic credit: Dylan Vadakin|
|Future Teens Fall U.S. Tour 2022|
Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY – MEADOWS
Oct. 14 – New Haven, CT – State House
Oct. 15 – Ashbury Park, NJ – The Saint
Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Roboto Project
Oct. 19 – Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
Oct. 20 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Oct. 21 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
Oct. 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Healer DIY
Oct. 23 – Cleveland, OH – The Foundry
|Self Help Tracklisting (LP)|
01. Doorknob Confessional
02. Good Reason
03. Well Enough
04. Smile with your Teeth
06. Stress Dreams
07. Team Sports
08. Same Difference
09. Real Change
10. Going Pains
|Photo Credit: Adam Parshall|
|Future Teens Bio |
Future Teens’ previous album, Breakup Season, sounds like the most hurt band on Earth. But the ascendant Boston “bummer pop” quartet returns with ultra-cathartic follow-up, Self Help, on September 23, celebrating a fresh set of pandemic-honed coping tools and an aching optimism.
Released by Triple Crown Records, Self Help is an exquisitely vulnerable and empathetic healing wound of an album that sweetens weighty universal anxieties with gorgeously lovesick melodies, intuitive close harmonies and elevated emo-esque songcraft recalling indie-pop’s Pitchfork-propelled 2000s heyday.
“This is the record that I needed as a depressed kid,” mulled co-vocalist/guitarist Amy Hoffman (they/he). “These are songs that I still need as an adult with plenty of mental health stuff going on. I just hope that somebody connects with it in a positive way.”
Formed in 2014, Future Teens’ initially lighthearted harnessing of classic pop sensibilities to self-effacing confessional lyrics resonated rapidly and widely, propelling the band – completed by founding guitarist/co-vocalist Daniel Radin (he/him), drummer Colby Blauvelt (he/him), and bassist Maya Mortman (she/her) – from local basement shows to extensive touring, including European treks and widespread critical acclaim. “We’re seeking to build community,” said Radin. “People that resonate with our music seem to resonate with each other.”
Following a string of imaginative reworkings of pop staples, from Carly Rae Jepsen to Taylor Swift and 2019’s well-received sophomore full-length Breakup Season (dubbed “devastating and lively as a romantic comedy” by Atwood Magazine), 2020 was poised to be Future Teens’ breakout season. The pandemic initially derailed all that, but ultimately proved a self-exploratory and creative windfall.
“A lot of the new record came out of a place of not being able to distract myself from what was going on in my own head,” Radin recalled. “Having to confront that in a way that was scary, but ultimately, really positive.”
Recorded mostly live by longtime collaborator Andy D. Park (Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion, Now Now), Self Help captures Future Teens’ counterintuitively upbeat “mental health bangers” and singular on-stage energy. An organic evolution from 2021’s Deliberately Alive EP, it forms a reassuringly transparent conduit between unspoken insecurities and super-accessible pop like few before. With standouts like sobriety journal “BYOB,” the lockdown-induced “Stress Dream” and the album-encapsulating “Team Sports” (featuring Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years), Self Help is Future Teens’ quietly triumphant, work-in-progress ode to the power of collective self-care.
“We’re all just looking for a safe place to spiral,” Hoffman concludes on “Team Sports.” “Why not make a team sport out of survival?”