Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers – Miss Your Birthday

Anna Ryan (vocals), Scarlett McKahey (guitar/vocals), Jaida Stephenson (bass) and Neve van Boxsel (drums) met in high school. There, they formed the most likeable of female punk-rock bands: Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers. 10 points for that name alone.

They are not too prolific. Their 2017 debut single was followed by two singles in 2019, one in 2020 and two in 2021. But, in a good old-fashioned case of quality over quantity, every track they put out is a banger.

Their latest tune is no exception. On the contrary. Miss Your Birthday was co-written with Alex Lahey and produced by Violent Soho guitarist James Tidswell. It combines rough and rugged riffs with ultra-bright melodies and a soaring hook. Packing a punch both musically and thematically, the track touches on the idea of being comfortable in your parents’ home yet yearning for freedom out of home.

Speaking of the release, Scarlett McKahey shares: “Miss Your Birthday was written during the first COVID lockdown, when I was staying in Melbourne and really homesick. I wrote it with Alex Lahey (which was an absolute dream) and we wanted to write something relatable, referencing share house couches and dirty bathrooms. It’s about the internal battle of wanting to be back at your Mum’s cosy house without abandoning your new ‘grown up’ life. Sometimes going home is the only option!”

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