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Teenage Joans Embrace Chaos On '5 Things I Can Taste'

21 September 2023 | 11:01 am | Ellie Robinson
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It was the last song written for their fast-impending debut album, ‘The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest’.

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Teenage Joans have returned with another belting preview of their upcoming debut album, leaning into their pop-punk side (and shamelessly chaotic tendencies) with the ultra-catchy 5 Things I Can Taste.

According to the band in a press release, it was the last song they wrote for that aforementioned LP – The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest, due out October 13 via Domestic La La – and came when they were “looking for the missing piece” that would tie the whole record up with a neat lil’ bow.

They explained: “We realised we wanted to write a fast-paced, almost punk song to top off the album. The lyric structure is pretty interesting too - each line starts with the last word of the line before it. As ‘counting five things you can see’ is a mechanism to help ground yourself when experiencing anxiety, we wanted the lyrics to feel sporadic and chaotic, kind of how anxious thoughts feel.”

The track arrives alongside a live performance video, which you can take a look at below (alongside the studio mix you’ll hear on the album).

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5 Things I Can Taste comes as our third preview of The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest, following the release of Superglue in May and Candy Apple last month.

Following the album’s release, Teenage Joans will embark on a five-date national headline tour, hitting theatre stages in Meanjin/Brisbane, Eora/Sydney, Naarm/Melbourne, Kaurna/Adelaide and Boorloo/Perth. Head here for all the details on that run.

The band will also perform at the Grapevine Gathering festival all throughout October, and open for the Foo Fighters in Perth and Melbourne.