I dont think wed ever played for more than 15 minutes at a show, says Teenage Kicks guitarist Kirk Campbell. Twenty tops, yeah, agrees bassist Stewart Anderson. I dont know if we did this on purpose or it just seems to work well, says Campbell. Were guessing its both, judging by the groups unpolished, punky pop, which harnesses the appeal of groups like The Jam, Clash and The Dead Boys. [We want] to play songs that are like the bands that youve always listened to, says Campbell. Being referential but not like copying.
Speaking of copying, the group had one hell of a time making its demo tape. Thats right, a tape. Anderson and drummer John Baldwin arent fond of CDs. Neither John or I own a CD player, says Anderson, and then explains how they had to rig a DVD player to a tape deck so they could individually record every cassette. Anderson says, thats kind of why it has kind of a Bad sound, interrupts Baldwin. But the unrefined fuzziness adds appeal to their DIY, piecing-it-together-as-they-go-along approach to music. I mean, were still a wreck, but I like to think we kind of have it together, Baldwin says. Teenage Kicks play with No Talk and The Coke Dares at 9 p.m. The Mink, 3718 Alabama. For information, call 713-522-9985 or visit www.themink.org. $6 to $7.
Tue., July 29, 9 p.m., 2008