Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers: “Now that we’ve got this platform, we’re really going to tell people what we think”

Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers. Credit: Ruby Boland
(Image credit: Ruby Boland)

Much more than just a great, family-friendly comedy film with a belting soundtrack, School Of Rock stands up as one of the most influential films of the 2000s, thanks in no short part to the innumerable swarm of Gen Z shredders it empowered to chase their dreams. Case in point: Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers, the trailblazing troupe of Canberran grunge revivalists that formed on a whim after a sleepover screening at frontwoman Anna Ryan’s house. It was 2015, the girls were all in their early-to-mid teens, and half of them couldn’t even play an instrument. But hell hath no fury like their unwavering ambition, and seven years later, they’re ready to take on the world with their sharp, striking and sprightly blend of punk, grunge and power-pop.

The vehicle that Teen Jesus hope will take them there is Pretty Good For A Girl Band, a five-track onslaught of fiercely energetic earworms driven by blistering riffs, thrashing drums, and vocal hooks designed to be chanted from the soul. It has the backing of Australian rock royalty in Violent Soho axeman James Tidswell and Alex Lahey, both of whom put their magic touches on the EP as co-writers and producers. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…

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