There are many ways in which a dream can die. If you’re a sports fan, a small piece of it goes when you first notice a player in a team you support is younger than you, and larger chunks fall away with every following player that would’ve been in the year below you at school, and before you know it you’re over the average age in a World Cup and you can only run in two minute bursts. With music, however, it’s a different story altogether. Unlike the limited timescale you’ve got to blossom into an overpaid, coca cola sponsored, underachieving Premier League footballer, there’s no age limit on gaining musical notoriety. However, if you’re able to buy alcohol legally and don’t want to watch a small slither of your musical hopes vanish, it’s probably best to look away now.
There are a lot of young bands about but, thankfully for those of us who have wasted years doing nothing, a lot of them are utterly terrible. And with young groups you can at least kid yourself that they simply fell into the right group at the right time if you’re a bitter, scorned, ageing musician. Teenage Reverb, however, is a different proposition altogether. Though the maturity of his songs tell a different story, the works are the effort of one extremely talented man. Or, should that be boy, given that Joseph Zucco, the brains behind the music, is still only 16 years of age. The songs sound faded, brilliantly collating choppy guitar with synth and beats, creating garage rock that is notable through it’s restraint.
Whilst Be Your Own Pet’s tender years were mirrored through their energetic, chaotic sound, these tracks are measured and precise, hinting on chillwave without dwelling, referencing lo-fi without really attempting to mimic it’s conventions. The subtlety on show is scandalous, the ability and nous even more so. The most brilliant thing to say is that, despite the tone of this post, Joseph Zucco’s age really isn’t the main story here – it’s his languid, chilled out songs. If this all turned out to be the side project of someone a more well known artist, it wouldn’t be a shock at all, and Zucco’s voice already sounds familiar, it’s deep, near monotone excellence belieing the fact that he still has many years before he has to watch someone his junior play in the World Cup finals.
Teenage Reverb – Under the Weather
Teenage Reverb – Save for later