WITH five years passed now – what? It’s really that long? – since Glasgow’s sweet indiepop quartet TeenCanteen released their debut album, Say It All With A Kiss, the band have been digging in the vaults, blowing the dust off a collection of recordings that by rights should’ve formed their debut album proper back in 2012. One day, we’ll get to hear that tale.
They’ve given these recordings the once-over, decided they’re little crackers in their own right – and one listen to the Flatmates-go-synthpop delight of “How We Met (Cherry Pie)” and you’re sure to be in agreement, Bobby Gillespie dahdahdah triple snare beat and all.
“How We Met (Cherry Pie)” leads for that debut-that-never-was finally seeing the light of day later in the summer, emerging as This Is How It Starts.
A reimagined version of the track went on to feature on their debut album, but this original has the spark that led indiepopsters and film-goers everywhere to swoon when it featured in the Karen Gillan romcom Not Another Happy Ending. Hell, it even featured in the trailer. Marc Riley’s a fan, and you know you can trust him implicitly.
TeenCanteen singer and songwriter Carla Easton says: “‘Cherry Pie’ was that song that just fell out of thin air. I didn’t have to think about it too much, I was just at the beginning of a new romance and was all excited, it’s a total happy, fallen-for-someone song.
“I think of it as the first TeenCanteen song; it was the first one when writing it where I was like, ‘wait a minute, I’m onto something here’. It was just exciting, it was the first track that we went, ‘that’s us’.
“It’s a total slushy, innocent, indiepop love song, it’s not trying to be anything more than that, but I think that’s why so many people connected with it; it’s fun, it’s fresh, it’s raw, it’s exciting, it’s DIY, it’s indiepop and it’s long overdue release.
TeenCanteen’s “How We Met (Cherry Pie)” is out on all digital streaming platforms today. The album, This Is How It Starts, is due in August, with a vinyl release from Last Night From Glasgow/HIVE.