Music Buzz: Tender Age

Imagine if you received an email about a band and immediately you were transported back to a mid 90s indie soundtrack when you listened to their feature song. That’s exactly the feeling that came over me when I first heard the band Tender Age . This Portland based band with a nod to the atmospheric shoegaze sound recently released a new EP titled Disappear Here (SINUS Recordings), and sold out of the vinyl release.

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On their Bandcamp profile they are described as “kaleidoscopic whorls of glittering guitar feedback, feeling like an orange in a closet”. Which is sort of the perfect description. I’ll add to that with a “slo-motion sonic experience deep within a glitter lined cave”. In other words if Tender Age had been a band in the early 90s they most surely would have ended up on a Gregg Araki film soundtrack to. Wait, they still can.

In a short interview with guitarist Christopher I got a chance to find out about their budding moped gang, favorite 90s quotes, and the last time they experienced genuine fear.

FG: How did the band form?

Tender Age started back in 2014, but there was a series of lineup changes that eventually resulted in the well balanced and cohesive group of freaks we’ve got going now. We’re tight. We hang tough. I think we’re starting a moped gang.

 Oh, a moped gang! Sweet, what would the name be and what’s the logo?

Spin Class, and a wizard hat. 

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Describe your sound in three words. 

I dunno. Shitty wind chimes?

Do you remember your first gig as as band? Was there a memorable moment from it?

Not sure about the first show, but we played a house in Seattle a while back and after we finished playing to a living room packed with APE SHIT FUCKING CRAZY DANCING PEOPLE this girl came up and was like “what kinda music are you guys? I threw up in my mouth twice while you were playing but just kept dancing”!

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What keeps you motivated? 

The insanely talented, honest, hard working people around me. And straight fucking fear and aggression.

When is the last time you experienced genuine fear?

Fear: trump and tyre blowouts

Time: permanently

Fear: face planting the curb

Fear: electrocution

Time: permanent

the real apocalypse, the planet is really dying

If you could collaborate on a song with any artist, living or dead who would it be?

Kim Gordon but Delia Derbyshire would produce it and we’d get Tauna to destroy a guitar while mumble singing. One person? Come on.

What power would you have if you were a super hero?

Power: Matilda style telekinesis

What is your favorite 90s quote?

“That’s what you get for THINKING” -my dad

“Why am I listening to you anyways? You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” -Clueless

“I’m not Josie Grossie anymore!” -Never Been Kissed

If you could eat one food forever, what would it be?

Our drummer could eat Stroopwafels for the rest of his life.

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Find out more info on Tender Age

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