This year has been a fine one for pop-punkers Teenage Bottlerocket. Besides releasing their second album Warning Device on Red Scare and getting to share bills with NOFX, All and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the band also found a new way to earn some extra dollars. At the request of the bride and groom, Teenage Bottlerocket played a wedding in their hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. It’s the “first and probably only wedding we’ll ever play,” says vocalist/guitarist Ray Carlisle. They stuck to their more romantic repertoire---tracks like “Welcome to the Nuthouse” might have been ill-advised---and got a good response. Even the bride’s dancing granny could appreciate their fast rhythms, says Carlisle with a chuckle.
Along with Ray’s twin brother Brandon on drums, Teenage Bottlerocket includes Kody Templeman on vocals and guitar and Miguel “Miggy” Chen on bass. They came together in 2001 following the demise of Ray and Brandon’s band The Homeless Wonders. Over the course of two albums they’ve built on a back-to-basics punk sound that derives from their own pop-punk favourites like The Ramones and Screeching Weasel. Ray says Teenage Bottlerocket---named after the car of an ex-bandmate’s dad---will play a fast-paced set with very few pauses between songs, a game plan that always goes down well with audiences. (Red Scare labelmates The Sidekicks were scheduled to tag along, but a family illness sunk that idea.)
Fun fact: The band’s hometown of Laramie was founded in the early 19th century by a French-Canadian fur trapper named Jacques LaRamie, who got lost in the Wyoming mountains and was never heard from again. Considering this is Teenage Bottlerockets’ first trip to the Maritimes, here’s hoping they don’t meet a similar fate.