Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m.
Raccoon Motel, 315 East Second Street, Davenport IA
Touring in support of their October release Till You Return, the group's 30-minute recording that mxdwn Music called "an exciting album with a personal and important message that drives through guitar riffs and killer vocals," the indie rockers of Teenage Halloween headline a November 29 engagement at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, with Till You Return also praised by Post-Trash as a release in which "every moment is exciting, subverting your expectations whether it makes you want to cry, dance, or punch someone in the face."
Now signed to Don Giovanni Records, Teenage Halloween began in 2014 as the solo project of Luke Henderiks, but expanded to a full band over the next few years. The group's debut EP Eternal Roast was released in 2017, while the indie rockers released their debut self-titled album in 2020. Reviews were laudatory from the start, with Real Gone Rocks stating, “If you've ever had a love for '90s pop music, classic Everclear, bits of American HiFj, and other '90s college rock, this is certainly going to be an album you'll want to check out. If you're interested in important social issues, you'll also want to make time for this. Teenage Halloween are using their musical platform in a way that truly speaks to the listener, [and this] LP offers material that genuinely lays the issues out there in the open for all to consider. It's sharp and unflinchingly emotional but, above all, it's a great record. Don't miss it.”
With the group's lineup currently including vocalist and guitarist Luke Henderiks, lead guitarist Eli Frank, drummer Peter Gargano, and bassist Tricia Marshall, Teenage Halloween have toured extensively across the United States and Canada, and their raves have continued to amass for their October release Till You Return. According to Paste magazine, "Listening to a Teenage Halloween album is like letting yourself scream in the middle of a crisis. Their sophomore effort, Till You Return, is dosed in questions about moments of catastrophe and euphoria, from managing mental health to queer identity to the threat of Armageddon. Everything might be falling apart for the New Jersey band, but it never sounds or feels overwhelming – as they’re still trafficking in hooky, guitars-blaring pop punk and wailed, cathartic vocal melodies.”
Teenage Halloween plays their Davenport engagement on November 29 alongside opening act Hembree, admission to the 7 p.m. concert is $15, and tickets are available by visiting TheRaccoonMotel.com.