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The music of Brooklyn's My Teenage Stride reflects a hyperactive antipodean pop sensibility subtly offset by the haunted lyrics of permanently-wired frontman Jedediah Smith. The band has progressed through several incarnations on the way to their new self-released digital EP, Lesser Demons. Initially a solo 4-track recording project for Smith (see A Sad Cloud) and gradually expanding through 2005's Major Major (Becalmed), the group began to coalesce on Ears Like Golden Bats. The Lesser Demons EP found a full band playing on every track.
While paying homage to the Sounds of Young Scotland/Manchester/Dunedin, there's more going on under the surface. Smith's fatalistic visions of a tri-state area haunted by ghosts, genies and stranded travelers are buoyed by a band that wants to keep it snappy.
My Teenage Stride is band from Brooklyn, New York, with influences including The Smiths and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They have released four albums since 2004.
My Teenage Stride was originally a band identity for Jedediah Smith's multi-instrumental solo recordings. Smith grew up in Massachusetts, learning piano, guitar, bass and drums as a teenager.
First album A Sad Cloud was released on Banazan in 2004, followed by Major Major the following year on Becalmed Records. Smith then recruited Michael Hollitscher on bass, Brett Whitmoyer on drums, Tris McCall on synthesizer, and Dakkan Abbe on guitar, this line up recorded part of the third album, 2007's Ears Like Golden Bats., though in reality much of the album consisted of Smith still playing every instrument. An EP, the first complete full-band release, is expected some time in early 2008, with another full-length on the way after that.
As of August 2008 the band is down to two members - Smith and Whitmoyer.
In December 2008 My Teenage Stride recorded a festive tune for the Christmas compilation 'An Indiecater Christmas' released by Indiecater Records.