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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Premiere: Lust for So-Cal With Teens In Trouble's Debut Single, "Santa Monica"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Lizzie Cuevas of Teens In Trouble - CREDIT: RIKI FELDMANN
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  • Lizzie Cuevas of Teens In Trouble

When you type "Teens in Trouble" into Google, make sure you also write "band;" otherwise, you'll get a lot of Dr. Phil and WebMD search results about how to deal with troubled teens. As the name suggests, Teens In Trouble has a sense of humor. Their debut single, "Santa Monica," is a wistful, albeit hyperbolically upbeat ode to the West Los Angeles city by the sea where Lizzie Cuevas, the band's founder, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, lived for one year of her life. 

"The weather is gorgeous there all the time and it was nice to be like, 'Hey, let's go ride the Ferris Wheel for no other reason than we can," says Cuevas, who is originally from San Francisco. "I actually didn't appreciate Santa Monica until I moved out."
In the song, Cuevas lusts for the So-Cal locale over a lush guitar-driven melody that is both playful and bouncy. The video is a delectable visual tale of a girl (Cuevas) who is out in the desert (Joshua Tree) and searching for the missing part to an old VCR player that, when whole, "reads her DNA and plays a sort of weird, nostalgia reel of where she wants to be," says Cuevas. Both the video and song were produced and recorded with the help of Cuevas's friends, including writer/director Kyle Broom, producers Alexandra Spector and Morgan Tucker, and sound engineer Sean Paulson.

"Santa Monica" and the B-side single, "Simple," will be available in vinyl on the band's website, teensintrouble.net. 

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