The Rock*A*Teens release Sweet Bird of Youth on double LP, announce tour dates

The Rock*A*Teens release Sweet Bird of Youth on double LP, announce tour dates

On June 3, 2014, Merge will release The Rock*A*Teens' Sweet Bird of Youth on dbl-LP for the first time. Also, The Rock*A*Teens band is re-forming for the Merge 25 Festival and a sure-to-be-epic east coast tour.

Sweet Bird of Youth will be remastered and released on vinyl for the first time and include a bonus download of one of the band’s last shows before disbanding in 2002. The 2014 Rock*A*Teens touring band is:

Chris Lopez: Guitar, Vocals
Justin Hughes: Guitar
Ballard Lesemann: Drums
William R. Joiner: Bass
K. Michelle Dubois: Keyboards

Chris Lopez composed and recorded the majority of Sweet Bird’s basic tracks on keyboards and guitar at Rob Gal’s studio, and then lugged the tape machine back to the band's Black Box rehearsal space at the end of Krog Street in Cabbagetown, GA to finish. During the next few months, things got peculiar (at least by Rock*A*Teens standards, that is). Band members Will, Justin, and Lopez would each go in on his own time and add his own flourishes to each track without the others’ knowledge. This unusual hands-off collaboration progressed for months during the spring of 2000. The ladies from Ultrababyfat (Shonali and Michelle) laid down Phil Spector-esque backup vocals on “If I Wanted to Be Famous (I’d Have Shot Someone),” and Shannon Wright sang an achingly spare duet with Chris on “It’s Destiny.” Anthemic. Majestic. Shimmering. Heart-aching brilliance. The Rock*A*Teens focused it all into Sweet Bird of Youth.

When Sweet Bird was released, the band was approaching the end of its existence. A few tours went by. 2001 turned into 2002, and the band was barely doing anything at all. Understandably. The band members all had their own lives, their own jobs, and their own destinies. The band’s final concert on New Year’s Eve ’02 wasn’t sheepish but rather a triumphant farewell. Lopez sang without his guitar on, standing on the monitors and screaming, “I am the car, and I am the driver!” The crowd was as jubilant as the band.

Much like their performances back then, their body of work is a true catharsis. They were a truly homegrown band from Georgia that couldn’t possibly be mistaken for being from anywhere else. For anybody that ever wants a glimpse into what Cabbagetown was all about back then, The Rock*A*Teens' Sweet Bird of Youth is a glorious introductory step.

Pre-order Sweet Bird of Youth now in the Merge store. Don't miss your chance to see The Rock*A*Teens live this summer!

Sweet Bird of Youth track listing:
1.     Car and Driver
2.     If I Wanted to Be Famous (I’d Have Shot Someone)
3.     Please Don’t Go Downtown Tonight
4.     Betwixt or Between
5.     Make It New Again
6.     Sun’s Up
7.     It’s Destiny
8.     Hwy R
9.    If You Only Knew
10.  I Hope You’ll Never See Me Like This
11.  That Day Is Today
12.  Ma, Look What the City Did To Me
13.  Our Future Was Then
14.  Lee Knows Every Raindrop
15.  Put It Right Out of Your Mind
16.  No Books About It
17.  Pretty Thoughts Strike Down the Band

Bonus Download: Live at The Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA, 12/30/02
1.    I Could’ve Just Died
2.    Tuesday’s Just as Bad
3.    If You Only Knew
4.    Lady Ben
5.    Cherry Red Compilation
6.    Car and Driver
7.    Stranger Coming
8.    Don’t Destroy This Night
9.    Inseparable
10.  Black Metal Stars
11.  It’s Too Bad Luv He’s a Sad One
12.  Betwixt or Between
13.  I’m Your Puppet
14.  These Starving Heartists
15.  Arm in Arm, In the Golden Twilite, We Loitered On
16.  Please Don’t Go Downtown Tonight

The Rock*A*Teens on tour:
May 16 Charleston, SC — Royal American
May 17 Charleston, SC — Tin Roof
Jun 06 Atlanta, GA — The Earl
Jun 07 Atlanta, GA — The Earl
Jul 12 Athens, GA — 40 Watt
Jul 24 Carrboro, NC — Merge 25 Festival @ Cat's Cradle
Aug 07 Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda's
Aug 08 Boston, MA — Middle East Upstairs
Aug 09 Brooklyn, NY — Glasslands
Aug 10 New York, NY —  Le Poisson Rouge

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