Toronto’s own Teenage Kicks will be making their way through the Maritimes with stops in Saint John, Fredericton, and Halifax’s for Pop Explosion. Teenage Kicks are touring their new album titled, Spoils of Youth which dropped earlier this spring. They have been busy sharing the stage with The Flatliners, One Bad Son and soon to be The Ataris.
Teenage Kicks made the trek to West Hollywood to record an album and due to multiple factors, the album in its entirety had to be scrapped. Spoils of Youth is the sum of a previously failed album, lineup changes and a passion by brothers Peter and Jeff Van Helvoort to create an album that was true to themselves and their music.
Growing up in Burlington, ON they had a strong connection to Brampton’s own emo-rock band, Moneen. “Subconsciously maybe there is a bit of a Moneen sound there, but it’s definitely not on purpose. They have been the best and most detrimental to my song writing because I grew up with bands like Moneen and the interplay between the guitars is not done a lot in popular music, except maybe for The Strokes. Moneen was incredibly influential to me. That was on my bucket list when I was a kid to play with them and I got that chance at 18 years old. They have been extremely important to me as a musician”, said Peter.
Spoils of Youth is an album full of ups and downs, both personally and professionally. Produced by well-known Canadian producer Gus Van Go, who has also worked with Monster Truck, Said the Whale and Hollerado.
Although this was the second time the album was put together, Peter noted which songs he was most proud of, “Times on a River, was written for our guitar player, written for the way that he plays. When I listen to it now, it doesn’t sound like something I would normally write. The track Stone Ambition, it’s a slower song and I usually have a tendency to fill space in songs and this one is slow and quiet and we just let it breathe.”
Changes and learning go hand in hand and as Peter explains, he has learned a lot, “So far, it has been the most relaxed tour I have ever been on. Having Christian and Conrad coming in and learning the songs before we head out on the first lag of our tour taught me to just take things as they come you know? And don’t plan for everything.”
Teenage Kicks also continue to release free music on their website which is entitled, ‘The Singles Club’. You can find videos of Peter and John doing covers and/or songs they are currently working on.
“It was easier than releasing an EP. You know, people are saying albums are dead so this was my way of still being able to make an album and follow that aspect that has been so important to my musical upbringing. The way people are consuming music is changing and you have to stay on top of that”, said Peter.
As for touring and making albums, “If you did it because you wanted to get paid, well, there are other ways around that. All of us, (Paper Lions, The Darcy’s, etc) work really hard because we do it because we love it”, said Peter.
You can catch Teenage Kicks with The Flatliners and Gob in Fredericton on Oct 16th at the Capital, with The Flatliners in Saint John on October 17th at Pub Down Under, with the Flatliners in Moncton at Plan B on Oct 18th, with the Flatliners for Halifax Pop Explosion on October 21st at The Seahorse and back to Fredericton with One Bad Son on Oct 23rd at The Capital.