Teenage Kicks is a Toronto rock duo, Peter and Jeff van Helvoort. The brothers are looking to bring a new authentic and heartfelt spin to rock and roll music.
The pair have stated on their site that they are not one to give into the latest trends just to sell music or make hits. They want their music to be from the heart and real. So, finally they are releasing their album Spoils of Youth. The album is set to come out this Spring, and one song featured off the record, “Houdini”, is a nice glimpse of what’s to come.
“Houdini” is a high energy tune that switches from a foot tapping rhythm to a fast paced beat that you cannot sit still to. The speed slowly picks up on the bridge and just smashes the chorus. The song is a fuse of classic punk and rock and roll. The vocals are very punk while the instruments are rock based. The fusion works well, and the backing vocals on the bridge blend so harmoniously with the lead vocals.
The latest single off the album is called “Digging Up Old Bones”. It’s a more laid back tune, it’s got a folk-rock vibe to it mixed with classic rock. The punk vocal style isn’t heard as much in this song, but it’s still really good. The tambourine really brings out a sunny feeling in the song, and the guitar playing gives it the rock style. All in all, it’s tied together by a funky rhythm collectively by all instruments.
It’s very impressive. The brothers will be releasing Spoils of Youth on April 29, but they will also doing a few shows! They’ll be playing their own town, Toronto, on April 25 at the Horseshoe Tavern. You should go check ’em out if you’re around. In the mean time, enjoy the video for “Houdini”!