ABOUT THE TEENAGE SWEATER
The formula contains notes of classic new wave‚ Joy Division and New Order are easily heard in the nuances of Teenage Sweater’s songs and a healthy dose of its modern incarnation, chillwave. Teenage Sweater is cheerful music for introverts. Indeed, everything about Teenage Sweater is somewhat light hearted, even the band name. But beneath the light playfulness, you’ll find two serious musicians that embody the true spirit of DIY. Bartering landscape services to recording engineer Adam Sullivan at Great Magnet Studios, it is no wonder they chose to name their debut LP “Concentration”.
Teenage Sweater is growing up fast in the Bay Area music scene and it’s only a matter of time before they outgrow the training wheels offered to them by their indie label Tricycle Records.
Vocals, Samples, Synths: Mario Ruiz
Drums, Vocal: Connor Alfaro
“This band’s debut LP, Concentration (Tricycle Records) is a true testament that electronic music can possess and engorge itself with soul, triumph and sensuality without being overbearingly pretentious in it’s genius presentation.” –Sick of The Radio
“The project of California’s Mario Ruiz and Connor Alfaro, drapes his programming pad in waterfall-like cascades of synths and reverb-soaked vocals.” – Impose Magazine
“Teenage Sweater reminds us that the 80’s and Napoleon Dynamite really were cool. An enigma of past and present, they hold the power of pleasing our every emotions. From sad or happy- disparaged or elated, their music will entertain all our intrinsic guilty pleasures provided with a soundtrack of danceable requiems. They uncover the death of a past musical decade, but they celebrate the current era we live; and they live the shit out of it. Don’t ignore this Teenage Sweater. Cherish it until it becomes another great heirloom.” -Anthony Presti
“Teenage Sweater sound like a blurrier, more downtrodden Small Black — or perhaps Neon Indian, minus the neon. The group leans on distinctly slower beats and moodier synth tones than the aforementioned.” -The Bay Bridged
“Excellent chillwave / electronic done right via vintage keyboards, beat machines, vocal FX and loops.” -Sell The Heart Records
“With eccentric philosophies and vivacious live shows with dreamy synth pop melodies, Teenage Sweater are becoming a staple in San Francisco’s music scene.” Interview with SF Station Pulse
“Captivating collection of new-new-wave dungeon pop that combines the aural breadth of New Order, with the brooding intensity of Zola Jesus” –The Deli Magazine