By: Ryan Meaney
It’s been a few years since I was a teenager, but the feelings and philosophies one holds in their adolescent years are difficult to forget; feelings of longing and lust, basking in one’s joy of simply being alive and keeping the fire of youth and positivity burning for as long as possible. What makes Teenage Moods so important is their ability to evoke these feelings in the purest and authentic way without ever coming off as corny or tongue-in-cheek. Their Select Buds 12,” a collection of five tracks from their previously released “Rosebuds” cassette, provides listeners with a perfect guide to what catchy punk and garage music is supposed to sound like.
Most of the tracks on the short player relay the feeling of youthful yearning after something or someone so close you can almost taste them. “Groovy Regina,” tells the story of a girl (Regina) who is described in such a way that would make Brian Wilson and Mike Love proud. The tight melodies give purpose and completeness to the often personal lyrics, sung with such conviction and rawness that it often sounds as though the listener knows this person.
Standout track “Rosebuds” is led by the psychedelic guitar that dances along with the vocals. The song also stands out because of its melancholy nature about love lost and how this loss creates a void that seems unending. Because as a teenager, we rarely have the foresight to see that things, in fact, get better, people change, and life can’t always be as carefree as it seems. Select Buds offers listeners, if only for about fifteen minutes, this sense that youth never fades.