Indie-blues-rawk combo the Teenage Prayers traded Ohio for New York City, where a chance meeting led Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Solomon Burke to invite them onstage to play with him. They made a good impression, and he invited them to the West Coast, where he produced tracks for their first LP. This led to the band opening up for Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, who signed on to produce their forthcoming second CD, and refers to the band as "my favorite band in NYC." Tim Adams describes the band as "an unholy orgy between the Kinks, the Band, and Booker T. & the MGs, photographed by Mick Rock, and published as a centerfold in Hustler."
The Teenage Prayers aren’t just a band. They're Family.
And with a sound that lies somewhere between The Band, The Kinks, Otis Redding and the cast soundtrack to Cabaret, the Teenage Prayers are both oddly familiar and totally distinct.
The sweat starts up front: Tim Adams on the microphone, pushing his voice and body to the brink of soulful collapse, then pulling back to the sultry growl of a devilish crooner, ever reaching, ever searching for the secret of the Masters.
Then brother Terrence Adams: a curly-headed wraith on lead guitar, delivering smashed Keith Richards licks one minute and deranged Steve Cropper soul balladry the next, all the while singing, shrieking, creating.
Then cousin Kyle Chrise on bass: the one-man party, like some unholy union between Rick Danko and Bill Black gone amok on drugs as yet uninvented, belting out background vocals and keeping flawless time.
Kyle Wills on drums: the piston-engined spectacle of the Teenage Prayers, a relentless, unforgiving center of gravity around which the band revolves like an unkempt comet.
Formed in New York City, 2001, the Teenage Prayers rapidly evolved into the rock-(rock opera)-and-soul explosion that caught the ear of Solomon Burke, who flew the band out to LA to produce the final cut on their self-released debut record, TEN SONGS.
For their follow-up record, due for completion in Fall 2006, the Teenage Prayers enlisted as producer none other than the legendary founder of the Dream Syndicate, STEVE WYNN, who calls the Prayers his favorite band in NYC.
They have performed live repeatedly on stations including WOXY.COM - who counted their first record as one of the "97 Best Records of 2006," KEXP - who included the band on "KEXP Music That Matters Vol. 7," and 89.3 The Current.
"If these guys started their own religion, it would get you to stand up and sing. Trust me. I did it."
-- Rachael Darmanin, Underrated Magazine
"Solomon Burke must have sensed that waft of tension in the Teenage Prayers' irony-free delivery -- their calculated smoke signals suggest they're searching for the secrets of the real showmen, not just fanatically aping them."
-- Zeth Lundy, Popmatters.com
"Frontman Tim Adams sing-shouts are a cross between James Brown and Isaac Brock"
-- The Boston Phoenix
"One of the most soulful indie rock outfits to come out of New York in years..."
-- Steve Reynolds, Trouser Press Magazine
"Their riffs have a sort of visceral simplicity, somewhere between the Rolling Stones and the Presidnents of the United states of America. Add the piano/organ and the juxtaposed guitar parts and a stew thickens. When you pourin the soulful vocals, the mixture becomes too thick to stir, but the Prayers are just going to start a food fight with it, anyway."
-- City Beat Magazine, Cincinnati