Teenage Halloween are a largely queer-identifying gang of young punks from the Asbury Park area in New Jersey, who have been making their name through riotous live performances. Unsurprisingly, this caught the attention of local heroes Don Giovanni Records, who signed the band and will be releasing their self-titled debut album on September 18.
The first song shared from the album is called “Stationary”, which is a slightly deceptive title as the song itself is anything but still – Teenage Halloween have stuffed these charged two and a half minutes with electrifying riffs and shout-along moments. The song is packed with unhealthy, youthful, carefree behaviour, but our singer Luke Henderiks is so in need of validation, which they’re not receiving, that it leaves them feeling “Stationary”. Or, it could be simply about someone who’s smoked too much marijuana to try to get over their anxiety, leaving them completely zombified and unable to move.
All of these thoughts and images are jammed into the excellent song, which you can hear below.