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Teen Divorce: Fully focused on the music

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Teen Divorce

Keeping a band together during your college years is easier said than done. Between booking shows, getting studio time, forming connections and keeping the creative juices flowing in between it all, it can be easy for things to fall apart. If any band knows this, it’s Teen Divorce.

Listen to the band’s EP Almost Heaven now on Bandcamp.

The Jacksonville-born Shoegaze band has faced its fair share of difficulty in the past, and you can hear it in the songs. Frontman Ben Saunders’ hypnotic crooning ranges from a whimper to a rabid bark, as he recites lyrics about unrequited passions, guilt, lust and the complicated feelings in between. Combined with the technical aggression of drummer David Kennedy and the hard-hitting yet smooth bass from Shane Smith, Teen Divorce display a catharsis for their growing fanbase, and audiences will struggle to look away.

Having just finished a tour in support of their latest EP, Almost Heaven, Teen Divorce is fully focused on one thing, and that’s the music.

“If you judge your success in terms of popularity it’s almost always fleeting,” Smith said. “I think it’s more important to create songs we’re proud of and play great shows than judge ourselves by some external standard.”

“Success is playing enough shows and touching enough people to die with something besides possessions that rot, and people with my genes,” Saunders added.

With band dog Blue — who is featured on the cover for Almost Heaven — by their side and the past behind them, Teen Divorce is ready to break through and expose their souls while they do it.

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