Release Date: Jun 29, 2018
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
The Rock*A*Teens' sixth studio album, 2018's Sixth House, arrives nearly two decades after 2000's Sweet Bird of Youth, with a breakup and a pair of short reunion tours separating the two LPs. Given that long layoff, no one should be surprised that this band sounds a bit different as they give things another go, sounding older and, if not necessarily wiser, at least a bit more cautious. Where the Rock*A*Teens sounded impressively chaotic and mildly deranged on their 1999 high-water mark Golden Time, Sixth House is tighter, more focused, and seems less likely to veer off the rails at any given moment.
The Rock*A*Teens have always sounded somewhat zombified. Between 1994 and 2001, the Cabbagetown, Atlanta underdogs blended indie rock, doo-wop, and rockabilly to make unwholesome, reverb-soaked anthems that staggered relentlessly forward, coated in cobwebs and dust. Led by vocalist Chris Lopez, who sang in a brainless howl that cracked helplessly between words, the group often ended songs with bursts of noise or by suddenly launching into a different tune.