Oxford Art Factory - Sydney 28th February 2020
Words by Zoe Sounness
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers’ (SOLD OUT!) Desk Chair Single Launch Tour kicked off in their home city, Canberra, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to catch them at their Sydney show at the infamous Oxford Art Factory. After performing at Spilt Milk, Falls Festival, Groovin the Moo and many of the recent bushfire fundraising shows, the ladies from Teen Jesus were once again ready to remind Australia why they’re amongst the Queens of grungy, 90s-esque alt rock.
Anna, Neve, Scarlett and Jaida had brought along a few friends to their Sydney show for support. Newcastle’s very own Dave The Band opened up the show with their short but sweet set, inviting people to grab a beer and come up the front. During their performance, they showed off their newest release, Ultrahard , which has elements that are extremely reminiscent of late 1990s indie rock. The crowd obviously enjoyed their great performance and were left with strong feelings that these boys are definitely ones to watch in 2020.
You might be familiar with Kitschen Boy’s 2019 single Life in Lo-Fi, which of course was included in their set, but the audience was super stoked to hear their newest release, ARF . With its super catchy hook, the dreamy bedroom pop four-piece had the whole crowd’s attention with their extremely captivating stage presence. If you’re a fan of bands such as RAT!hammock or The Tinderboxers, you’ll without a doubt love everything that Melbourne’s Kitschen Boy has shown us so far.
After being added to the Desk Chair tour at the last minute, indie rock four-piece Sputnik Sweetheart were the perfect addition to the lineup as all of their music embodies the archetypal coming of age experience. Their 2019 release, Growing Pains EP was included in their set, which sounded even more amazing live than what it does on the recorded version. Coming from the same home city as Teen Jesus, everyone could see the genuine mateship and close bond that these two bands so obviously share, as you could feel the support radiating from them, as well as the crowd.
Claire Warren Photography
After hearing three amazing opening bands, the audience to the sold out show were super stoked when Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers finally took to the stage. Throughout their performance, they played all of their best releases that everyone knows and loves, such as I Like That You Like That and See You In A Bit (I Still Care) whilst also chucking in a cheeky cover of Dune Rats’ 2016 release, Scott Green. The whole time between songs, the girls were joking around with each other on stage as well as with the audience. Finally, we came around to the song that was the reason we were all there, Desk Chair. To conclude their set, they came back for an encore and performed a super cut-throat, gritty rendition of their unreleased single, which I won’t say too much about (If you know, you know), meaning that we need to keep a close eye on these ladies in the coming months as big things are brewing…
A huge thank you to Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers for having me at such an unforgettable show, and if you haven’t heard Teen Jesus’ new single Desk Chair, you can stream it here.