Snotty Washington, DC punk duo TEEN MORTGAGE are back in action with a brand new single entitled ‘S.W.A.S’ together with a new animated music video that you can view below.
The lively two piece, who have been championed by the likes of Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), explained the meaning behind their latest song: “S.W.A.S is an acronym for “Service With A Smile”. The lyrics deal with the drudgery of being a part of a work force with declining value and knowing that your job is likely to be replaced by machines at any time. Until then you have to simply nod along and smile on cue.”
Clocking in at just under two minutes, the band’s latest musical venture ‘S.W.A.S’ is a frantic journey sound-tracked by buzzsaw guitars, multi-layered vocals and jerking rhythms that documents the band’s continuing evolution from their early ‘slacker-punk’ roots.
Originally formed in Liverpool, England but now located in Washington DC, USA the two piece came together in its current form in 2016 after Ed responded to an advertisement by James on Craigslist. Drawing influence from the adrenalized punkrock of groups like PUP, FIDLAR and Cloud Nothings, Teen Mortgage quickly got to work plying their trade at house shows, basements and small venues in the central eastern part of the US. To date the band have shared stages with the likes of Plague Vendor, Big Business and Acid Dad and also earned praise from punkrock talisman Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat / Fugazi / Dischord Records).
“There’s still plenty of punkrock and indie influence in there but we’ve been listening to a lot of stoner, psych and heavier music with some huge guitar parts which has rubbed off just a little” explains frontman, James Guille.
The band signed to Wiener Records, an offshoot of famed Californian label Burger Records, for their debut EP ‘Strange Times’ released in May 2017.
‘S.W.A.S’ is available to stream through all good digital outlets and can be purchased on a pay-what-you-want basis from the band’s Bandcamp page HERE.
Want the latest music news, opinions and reviews?Subscribe to the GIGsoup newsletter today
Explore the latest music from the comfort of your own inbox