Teenage Time Killers, the supergroup put together by Mick Murphy (My Ruin) and Reed Mullen (COC) is putting on a one-off all-star concert in Los Angeles on September 12th. Featuring many of the big names that make up each of the tracks ofGreatest Hits Vol 1, (Rise Records) taking the stage with Murphy and Mullen will be Randy Blythe, Corey Taylor, Neil Fallon, Lee Ving, Tommy Victor, Vic Bondi, Phil Rind, Ron Beam, Tony Foresta, Clifford Dinsmore, Tairrie B. Murphy, Jonny Webber, Greg Anderson, Pat “Atom Bomb” Loed, Karl Agell, and Trenton Rogers. Tickets are already on sale at this link:
Have you ever heard an album so good you thought it was made just for you? Like someone reached into the great boombox in your brain and pulled out just what you wanted to hear? Well, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise Records) by Teenage Time Killers is that album for me. If you have yearned for some new tunes to come along and kick your ass back to 1988, then this music is for you. Masterminded by Mick Murphy (My Ruin, and Reed Mullen (Corrosion of Conformity),the core band is rounded out by the ubiquitous Dave Grohl and chipping in everything except lead vocals and Greg Anderson (Sunn O)))/Goatsnake) and his mighty axe. In addition to a cavalcade of former and current stars from across punk and metal, it’s an ambitious attempt to turn the idea of a supergroup on its head.
Certainly, a lot of hype has gone on about the assembled players, especially the vocalists. If you re thinking of Grohl’s Probot project, you are not far off. That was Grohl paying tribute to his metal heroes. TTK is all about paying tribute to a certain mindset. An era when writing fun, smart songs that hit you where you live was the norm. Mullen has put his distinctive angry yelp on many C.O.C. albums and does a fine job here on the opening track ‘Exploder’ and on ‘The Dead Hand’. ‘Exploder’ is just a classic punk track with all the whoa-oh-ohs you can handle. Second track ‘Crowned by the Light of The Sun’ sounds like an early-era Clutch song and thus Neil Fallon is right at home singing over some stone grooves. The most blistering track here is the thrash/punk ‘Hung Out To Dry’. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) just slays the track with his parts.
Following these first salvos the rest of the album is a tad uneven in a few places, but on repeated listens the entire thing holds together well. Jello Biafra is predictably pissed off in the too-short ‘Ode to Hannity’. ‘Barrio’ featuring Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio/Blink 182 has the second-best track on the album. It’s another fun old-school sing-a-long that is both fun and political. Mike IX (EyeHateGod), Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig) and Tairrie B. Murphy (My Ruin) anchor the three of the remaining real standout tracks. While it’s great to have an album in 2015 with Lee Ving (Fear), Karl Agel (COC Blind/King Hitter) and Phil Rind (Sacred Reich) altogether, at times you wish the tracks were a little stronger. Although a little short of total greatness for all the meaningful names, Teenage Time Killers backed up having the stones to call this album Greatest Hits Vol 1.
Teenage Time Killers will be releasing their long awaited release Greatest Hits Vol 1 on July 31, 2015 via Rise Records. The brainchild of Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, the project has released a track listing along with a breakdown of guest credits. All instrumental tracks on Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s 606 Studios in Northridge, California. The album was produced by Lousteau, Mullin and Murphy, engineered and mixed by Lousteau at 606 Studios.
Stream “Barrio” (with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio) and “Hung Out To Dry” (with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God) below.
01. “Exploder” Vocals: Reed Mullin Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)
02. “Crowned By The Light Of The Sun” Vocals: Neil Fallon Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
03. “Hung Out to Dry” Vocals: Randy Blythe Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
04. “Power Outage” Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
05. “Ode to Hannity” Vocals: Jello Biafra Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)
06. “Barrio” Vocals: Matt Skiba Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
07. “The Dead Hand” Vocals: Reed Mullin Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
08. “Egobomb” Vocals: Corey Taylor Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
09. “Plank Walk” Vocals: Pete Stahl Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
10. “Time To Die” Vocals: Mike IX Williams Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)
11. “Days Of Degradation” Vocals: Tommy Victor Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
12. “Clawhoof” Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
13. “Big Money” Vocals: Lee Ving Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)
14. “Devil In This House” Vocals: Karl Agell Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
15. “Say Goodnight To The Acolyte” Vocals: Phil Rind Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
16. “Ignorant People” Vocals: Tony Foresta Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)
17. “Son Of An Immigrant” Vocals: Johnny Weber Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
18. “Your Empty Soul” Vocals: Aaron Beam
19. “Bleeding To Death” Vocals: Vic Bondi Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
20. “Teenage Time Killer” Vocals: Trenton Rogers Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)