After a half-decade hiatus, cult-favorite Alabama rock & roll collective The Dexateens are back in action, on the road again, and finally set to release their classic lineup's long-shelved swan song Teenage Hallelujah (out today from Cornelius Chapel Records). The decidedly blue-collar Dexateens are proudly comprised of a cabinet maker, a carpenter, multiple restaurant and bar employees, and one full-time member of Drive-By Truckers. They are working-class renaissance men, well-versed in culture, art, music and life, and they deliver their anthemic rock & roll with an insatiable appetite for fuzzed-out, high-decibel crunch and sweaty soul, all anchored in a constant dialogue with the Southern Culture that spawned them, in all its flawed glory.
Recorded back in 2011 (and marking the end of Lee Bains' tenure on guitar), Teenage Hallelujah captures the thrilling if tragic sound of a band imploding in the midst of an inspired streak of greatness, leaving in its wake a hail of smoke & sparks glowing across the night sky like an Independence Day fireworks finale. Before the sessions wrapped, Bains would be long gone, and the rest of the band would call it quits, too. Luckily, the moment was laid to wax, The Dexateens' signature triple-guitar attack on full display. Recorded mostly in singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Elliott McPherson's barn with producer/engineer Bronson Tew (Seratones, Jimbo Mathus, Water Liars), Teenage Hallelujah finds the Tuscaloosa quintet proudly—often simultaneously—flying the flags of its deepest influences: classic country, Southern rock and blistering garage punk.
New single "Boys With Knives," premiering exclusively today at Paste, with its fuzzed-out lo-fi guitars, glammy vocals and oddly dissonant chorus calls to mind bands from T. Rex to Deer Tick, Natural Child and Diamond Rugs. The Dexateens are exactly what rock & roll has been missing since... well, since they've been gone. And now they're back to stake their claim on the legacy that's rightfully theirs.
You can pick up a copy of Teenage Hallelujah starting today via Cornelius Chapel Records.