12 O'Clock Track: The blown-out garage punk genius of Teengenerate's 'Mess Me Up' | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: The blown-out garage punk genius of Teengenerate's 'Mess Me Up'

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There's blown-out, treble-loaded garage punk and then there's Teengenerate. The Tokyo foursome's too short heyday between '93 ad '96 yielded greatness in the form of raucous, pogo-ready punk, most notably found on the supreme genius of their Get Action LP, released by Crypt Records in 1994. Today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Mess Me Up," is the album's opener and is full of so much reckless energy—heard not only through the distorted everything but more specifically via the walking bass lines and bouncing percussion. What makes the band even better is that, though they were all for filling a room with fuzz, the vocal melodies always shine, even through the band's often muffled English.

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