Teenage X: Drink, dance and destroy at Call the OfficeJaymin ProulxInterrobangPublished: Tuesday, June 14, 2011When a pretty and gritty Karen Elson lookalike shrieks and hollers, you know it's time for action. Enter Teenage X: your answer to humdrum tunes and boring radio repeats. What makes this band intriguing is that they don't stay put for long.They've opened for Toronto writer Liz Worth's book launch for Treat Me Like Dirt in January 2010 and also graced the stages of the Bovine Sex Club and the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Now, expect them at Call the Office Friday, June 17 toopen for CJ Ramone and Daniel Rey.Come ready to Drink Dance Destroy! After all, that is the title of their debut album.Members Sarah Page (vocals), Phil Page (bass guitar), Rich Gaskin (guitar) and Mikey Hawdon (drums) are releasing their first album after three and half years of toil and hard work. Ironically, they first jammed on August 16, 2007, the 30thanniversary of Elvis's death.Fiery Sarah showed charisma for performing at a young age. "My parents realizedmy attraction to music while at the Organ Grinder Restaurant in Toronto. They couldn't keep me off stage! That led to piano lessons at the age of five, continuing my studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music completing level 10."She pursued her passion for music and attended Humber's Jazz Performance programand played trumpet in her first band.Gaskin recalled being friends with Phil since their work with The Downbelows in2001. Upon meeting Sarah at a gig when she was in The Threat, chemistry ignitedand the three knew they had something good."The biggest struggle was to find a drummer who fit with us. Mikey, who has beenin the band for the past year and a half, was a part of that missing piece of the puzzle," said Gaskin.Gaskin described the sound of Teenage X as having a strong pop roots. "I don't know of many bands that sound like us. Most have either a rock or metal influence. I think we have a very strong pop (influence). Our songs are based on melody and harmony. At the core, our songs have a pop structure. There aren't many guitar solos. Everything either follows or supports the vocal melodies."He added with sly wit: "Our songs hit you like a slap in the face!"Sarah cited influences such as Joan Jett and Joey Ramone, and Gaskin added JohnLennon and Johnny Rotten to the list."Musically, I will forever be linked to the punk and hardcore scene from about 1977 until about 1984. That was the music that really hit me hard. It made me want to cut my hair and change my clothesâ
Bad Brains, the Replacements, Circle Jerks, DOA, Forgotten Rebels, Sex Pistols, Ramones ... that list could go on."But like a quick-thinking rebel, Gaskin also listed favourites outside of punk."I really like good songwriters!"Within 30 seconds, the crowd will know one thing: Teenage X are going to delivergood songs, good vibes and good times. They even listen to Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks before every performance.