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Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers: As cool as the name sounds

Annie Caughey

Five local teenagers are taking on the world of Rock n Roll in the Canberra music scene.

Anna Ryan, Scarlett McKahey, Neve van Boxsel, Jaida Stephenson and Pip Gazard together make Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, an alternative indie rock band smashing the boundaries of usual 16-year-olds.

The Canberra College students have been performing together as a band since 2015 after a mid sleepover epiphany that occurred from watching School of Rock.

Since then, the girls have committed themselves to the project utilising time both inside and outside the classroom. With the support of teachers at their school, the fivesome use most of their music lesson time for band rehearsals, whilst also dedicating their out of school leisure time to play multiple gigs throughout the region.

After quickly gaining local prominence the group were asked to perform to hundreds at celebrations for Canberra Day, as well as Googfest in New South Wales.

“It was so awesome to play to such big crowds. They were both so amazing and the sound was so good”, they said.

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Drawing inspiration from bands such as Nirvana and the Arctic Monkeys, TJJT create a 90’s grunge sound that is matched with impressive vocals by Anna Ryan.

After recently recording their first EP in January this year, the band have released three songs onto the Triple J Unearthed site which has seen widespread success. With over 3000 song plays, not only have the TJJT’s managed to secure some radio air time, but they have also attracted the attention from Triple J radio hosts such as Gen Fricker and Steph Hughes.

“Love this twinkly little gem and I might just play it on my show today,” commented Steph.

This encouraging feedback has inspired the girls to pursue their music even further. Currently, they are funding the production of their EP through a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible. Hoping to raise at least $7,500 by 13 May, the band will use these much-needed funds to help support the production of CD’s and vinyl, pay for studio costs and to create some band merchandise to sell at their gigs and online.

However, the girl’s project will only be paid out if they meet their target pledge. So far they have raised $5290, but they still have a long way to go. If you are interested in assisting the band you can make a funding donation, and in return you will receive a reward that matches your commitment including some signed merchandise, copies of their CD’s and even a private gig!

Anna, Scarlett, Neve, Jaida and Pip are passionate about pursuing their music as a future career and we can help them get there.

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In the meantime, if you’re keen to get your ears on some Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, they’re supporting Glitoris on Friday 28 April at The Basement in Belconnen from at 8pm, which is sure to be a killer gig. Find more details here.

Visit their Pozible campaign here

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Annie Caughey

Annie Caughey who has just recently returned from London has spent most of her life coming and going, but always seems to find herself back in the humble Canberra. She is a big believer in the vibrant colourful culture that exists here and loves everything from fashion and food to music and art. Even though she still can't figure out the bus system, she has a great knowledge of what's happening in Canberra and loves sharing all about it with Her Canberra readers. More about the Author

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