The Dexateens‘ “Teenage Hallelujah” is, as the title would suggest, an ode to the hedonism and stupidity that comes with being a teenager from the perspective of the older and jaded. Accentuating that hedonism is a guitar onslaught that rushes through the song’s two minutes, ripping solos and broken-amp sound manipulation taking center stage. It’s the quintessential Southern rock song, dusty and distorted and frenetic. Teenagers grow up fast, so this song speeds forth appropriately.
“Part of Teenage Hallelujah was recorded in a pole barn In Buhl, Alabama. The other part was recorded in Water Valley, Mississippi at Dial Back Studios, and a bit in Brad’s garage in Birmingham,” says singer Elliott McPherson. “Some of this record was written about fun recreational stuff that we enjoy doing down here in Alabama and the hungover yearning for repentance that comes when you over do it. Raising children, raising hell, spiritual searching, Alabama football, and of course old fashioned rock and roll.”
Teenage Hallelujah is out October 7 on Cornelius Chapel Records.