Live Review and Gallery: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

The Metro Theatre, Eora/Sydney became the epicentre of the rock world last night as Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers obliterated the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of everyone in attendance. The atmosphere was charged with excitement, and as the band launched into their performance, the venue resonated with the perfect pitch of high-octave screams from the crowd.

Hailing from Ngunnawal/Canberra, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, consisting of Anna Ryan, Scarlett McKahey, Jaida Stephenson, and Neve van Boxsel, stepped onto the stage with an air of confidence. Vocalist Anna Ryan declared it the band’s biggest headline show to date, and they certainly delivered on that promise to the packed house.

The night kicked off with stellar performances from Logan, The Empty Threats, and Sonic Reducer, the latter featuring Scarlett’s brother—a testament to the close-knit, familial vibe that permeated the entire show. The Metro Theatre was the last stop on the national ‘I Love You’ album tour, a journey that began in October and has seen the band spreading their message of pure joy, rage, and euphoria to an ever-growing audience.

The setlist featured a range of tracks from their latest album, including the electric and personal favourite, ‘I Used To Be Fun‘ and heart-throbbing ‘Backseat Driver‘ evoking a sense of nostalgia for the rollercoaster ride of young love. Cult favourites like the 2020 release ‘Desk Chair‘ had the crowd going wild, and the recently released Like A Version cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever‘ added a fresh twist to the night.

The night reached its zenith with the anthemic ‘Girl Sports‘, a fitting conclusion that encapsulated the emotional rollercoaster and unbridled hype the band had stirred in the audience. Our jeans had been thoroughly teased, and the sense of camaraderie in the room felt like being surrounded by a thousand best friends, all ready to embrace you with open arms.

In essence, it was an ode to the unapologetic bad-assery of feminine friendships, and was a personal highlight of the year. Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers etched an unforgettable legacy onto the walls of Metro Theatre, cementing their position as an undeniable powerhouse in Australia’s vibrant rock scene. The night stood as a testament to the band’s unwavering ability to penetrate the hearts and souls of every individual fortunate enough to be part of the audience.

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