Teen Creeps is from Belgium and Forever is the new record. You hear fuzzy guitars contrasting with pop melodies, in the same way Hüsker Dü did, or Sloan on the first record.
A wonderful Saturday night record.
Sweet Sweet Music spoke to Bert about how Forever came about.
How did this record come together?
We wrote most of the songs for “Forever” while touring with our debut album “Birthmarks”, so most of the material was already being played live during those shows.
Once we knew we had a good collection of songs, we set out for Audioworkx, a recording studio in Hoogeloon, The Netherlands, and recorded all the songs live over the course of 5 days. Because we’ve been playing them on the road already, it was an organic, smooth recording session. We always track everything live in the same room, so it’s all about capturing our performance, and I think we succeeded at doing that rather well!
The meaning of success has changed over the years. What would success look like for the new record?
We hope that the record can offer a well-needed distraction in these weird times. So we just hope that as many people as possible will hear it! And to be out on the road playing these songs in some form in the near future off course. Just playing a regular show would feel like a victory!
Cassettes are back. Which 5 five songs would make your first mixtape?
Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
Bill Withers – “Use Me”
Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata”
Hüsker Dü – “Don’t Want to Know if You Are Lonely”
Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”
Recording music. What’s all the fun about?
You can create an entire universe with just sound! Capturing the energy of people playing together, making up songs, endlessly tweaking all the details, … What’s not to like?
Playing music in front of a crowd. What’s all the fun about?
Presenting what you’ve worked so hard on can be very rewarding. Songs only seem to become ‘real’ once they’re out there, making a connection with the audience. We sure miss playing live a lot…Teen Creeps is all about going out there, playing loud, and screaming your heart out. I think we all crave for some live music!
Seeing Shapes can be found on Sweet Sweet Music’s favorite Power Pop songs of 2021 playlist.