Despite being known to churn out strong vocals over heavily based guitar riffs, the band, Pro Teens, should be better recognized for their songwriting. Being devoted musicians songs like “Garbage Island” and “I Don’t Think It’s Time” on their debut album, Two’s, contains lyrics about death, anxieties and insecurities. Somethings that aren’t typically associated with such an upbeat, alternative sound like theirs.
Originating from Phoenix, Arizona the band is led by Andy Phipps (vocals/guitar), Matthew Tanner (drums) and Zack Parker (bass). They have been dedicated to their music since 2015, first creating their fan base on Soundcloud and slowly working their way to working with the record label Broken Circles. The band’s best quality is their musicianship—the rhythmic bassline and bluesy plucks of guitar, the loud tambourine and the bounce of Phipps’s voice, almost mimics a ‘70s aesthetic.
As mentioned before, their songs hold a strong sound of an electric guitar and the second featured track on the album titled “Anybody’s Baby,” proves that. With the deep and medium-paced beat, it’s easy to get stuck in the rhythm of the music. All in all, this song powerfully showcases their imperfect, yet effortless sound.
Even with such a rebellious noise, Pro Teens integrates their personal experiences into their songs, like how on “Anybody’s Game,” Phipps asks, “Is it anybody’s game? / Are the measurements the same? / Is it the truth or is it glass – opportunity and chance?” The main message that is trying to be portrayed was Phipps’ own experience on how his appearance has affected his amount to success.
Although the band already has released three other albums, which means they have declared their sound, it would be nice to hear some variation throughout the songs. When listening to their tracks, it is already predictable to hear the deep chords of the guitar and deep vocals. Therefore, with a softer take on their overall sound and structure could possibly interest another type of audience.
From their inexactly indie roots on SoundCloud to working with major record labels, Pro Teens continue to maintain their experimental style rather than relying on the easily accessible, mainstream form. Due to this, they have been able to expand their range from avante-garde rock to softcore pop with an ever-changing sound and infinitely growing fan base. Above all, Pro Teens will forever be a rare gem in a polarizing genre with defined boundaries.