New York’s alternative rock collective Teen Vice – comprised of Tammy Hart (guitars, vocals), Joshua Ackley (bass, vocals), Derek Pippin (drums) and Julie Kowalchick (guitars, vocals) – are no strangers to the music scene. A project started originally by Hart and Ackley, Hart’s music was critically acclaimed in 2000 and she toured in support of some stellar acts including – but not limited to – Sleater-Kinney, Indigo Girls, and The Butchies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ackley was a founding member and frontman of The Dead Betties, with work widely heard on MTV, M2, and VH1. He currently works at a nonprofit organization, and has been villainized by conservative media outlets (Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones) for his work. With their intense – and admirable – musical backgrounds, the set out to create Teen Vice. The band is preparing for their live debut opening for queerpunk legends Pansy Division next Saturday in Brooklyn. In the meantime, we’ve got the premiere of their first single “Cry For You” right here.
The 90’s are alive in this track, that’s for sure. The rough guitar riff at the beginning can attest to that fact. The edgy vocals set in, almost strained but beautiful in the emotional honesty of the lyrics. The song has a garage sound to it, a punk rock vibe that will keep you dancing well into the weekend.
Teen Vice performs on September 24th at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn at 7pm sharp. Get your tickets here.