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Teen Girl Scientist Monthly Biography
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly is a 6-piece rock group from Brooklyn. They sound like Ra Ra Riot and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah making out in the bathroom. Wearing a heart-meets-sleeve turtleneck, TGSM has a yen for sunny guitars, anthemic shout-a-longs, & fuzzy, fizzy electric pop. If the most suicidal man in the world was standing on a bridge and Teen Girl Scientist Monthly started playing, he'd get down off the bridge and buy an ice cream cone. TGSM formed August 2010 in the sunny Brooklyn hamlet of Bushwick. They've jangled, stomped and shouted all throughout NYC, recording two EPs of dancey indie pop and videos for their fan favorite tracks RiverStomp, Safari, and Fever. The band is Matt Berger (vox/guitar), Matt Gliva (bass), Anne Hartung (violin), Morgan Lynch (vox), Cathy Thomas (keyboards) and Hiroyuki Matsuura (drums). Berger, Gliva and Lynch hail from the NYC post-punk band the Hey!, which clattered and sparked in NYC basements through 2009. They rounded up again in Summer 2010, calling in backup from ex-musical director Thomas, and Matsuura, a popular drummer-for-hire in a number of local bands. With old friend Hartung on board, they set up shop in Berger's Bed-Stuy bedroom, fiddling with a handful of fractured punk, folk and pop tunes. Teen Girl Scientist Monthly debuted two weeks later at the National Underground on August 30th, 2010. They've built a following playing Brooklyn and Manhattan apartments and basements and headlining places like the Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, Cake Shop, the Delancey, the Charleston, Legion Bar, Matchless, and Sugarland. Their live shows are loud and sweaty, full of call-and-response sing-alongs and dancing. They record and release independently, and design and produce their album art by hand. Pioneer Ghost and Hear Boys Talk are available in mp3 form through their website (teengirlscimo.com), and one can pick up the individually stenciled and hand-folded physical releases at their shows. They'll release their debut full length in Spring 2012.