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Future Teens

Hard Feelings

Future Teens Hard Feelings
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Future Teens started as a joke, and perhaps appropriately, the band played their first show in a sweaty basement while a Fourth of July barbecue raged outside. They played three songs at that 2014 show, each less practiced than the one before.

The group's debut EP Still Afraid of Allston was scruffy and full of hooks, a bedroom-pop gem that was recorded "right into the computer—we didn't even use amps," Radin (Vocals/Bass) recalls. The charming, conversational songs demanded a fuller sound in a live setting at the band's shows in their hometown of Boston and beyond and so drummer Dylan Vadakin, guitarist Nick Cortezi, and vocalist and guitarist Amy Hoffman signed on.

In 2017, Future Teens wrapped Bored And Alone, which was self-produced and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Speedy Ortiz, Krill). The band's hooks and energy are bolstered by the four-piece setup; "when you're with three other people, you can bounce ideas off each other and collaboration is just more fulfilling," says Radin. 

As the group's principal lyricist, Radin has drawn more on his life, although he applies a light touch to those moments surrounded by pain. "'In Love or Whatever' is literally about wondering if you'll ever find anyone to be with long-term, which is definitely something that’s easy to sink into and just dwell on," he says. "Singing about it with lightness reminds you that it doesn’t have to be so heavy; at least, that's what it helped remind me of when i wrote it—I hope other people can relate to that.”

"Once in a while you do something careless, or you have a bad romantic thing happen. You have a moment where you can either be sad or you can find the humor in the situation — I think it's nice to lean into the laughing more—just for sanity's sake."

Though standalone in itself, Bored and Alone is a precursor to the band’s first full length effort, Hard Feelings. The album title encapsulates how each song toes the line between despair and humor. “Having feelings all the time is hard — but everyone has them in one way or another— my goal with these songs was to write about things that happen to nearly everyone at some point in their lives” Radin explains.

The LP, to be released by Take This to Heart Records, features 10 tracks of romantic misadventure, miscommunication and mistakes. The album also features songwriting from Hoffman and Vadakin. Hoffman remarks, “These new songs are happy sad. Though some are sadder than others, singing them is always cathartic.”

Radin reflects,“I guess Future Teens is still kind of a joke, but I think now it’s one we take a little more seriously.”

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