Single Review : Teenagersintokyo – Peter Pan (+ The Horrors Remix)

Teenagersintokyo are a five-piece electro pop band from Sydney, not Tokyo. In fact, they are not even teenagers. Perhaps never have been. Consisting of four women and just the one male, the band has been together for a decade since the girls met at school (drummer Rudy is a more recent addition to the band). They recently packed up their stuff and moved over here to London to reach a wider audience, and instantly secured themselves a solid fan base and support from the likes of Zane Lowe.

Teenagersintokyo are readying the release of their debut album, which was recorded in the Welsh countryside with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes producer). Perhaps Kosten can be credited with the haunting, atmospheric edge that new single ‘Peter Pan’ contains. Although the band’s CSS comparisons are not ill founded, Teenagersintokyo attach a more serious, new wave component to the CSS art-rock sound; the jagged, indie riffs play backseat to the moody keyboards and vocals. It takes a couple of listen, but you soon begin to understand why more and more people are beginning to make a fuss about them.

Impressively, the single also includes a remix by uber-trendy, post-punks The Horrors. This remix is almost unrecognizable, having removed the art-rock riffs and altered the vocals to create a 80s inspired, minimal electro tune. Three minutes longer than the original, it starts off simple and repetitive before picking up the pace towards the end. An interesting little remix from The Horrors, but the electronic vocals do get rather grating after a couple of listens. Not a patch on Teenagersintokyo’s original.

Official Release Date : 01.03.10 /// Label : Back Yard Recordings