On its recently released third album, "Love Yes," Brooklyn's TEEN sounds more like a rock band than ever before.
And that was the idea, according to keyboardist Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson, who formed the band with her two sisters and a friend.
"It was our main goal, really," Lieberson, 33, says by phone during a tour drive from Phoenix to San Diego. "I think we'd toured so much we felt like it was one of our strong suits, playing as a live band. So we wanted to bring that into our record. We hadn't really done that on a full-length (album) yet.
"So we were just making what we wanted to make without really thinking about it. I think over thinking things can actually make it less powerful. So it was actually a blessing we weren't really thinking about it, and it just came out like this and we liked it."
And so far, Lieberson reports, audiences have been "very responsive" to TEEN's new direction. "Because we did so much of (the album) live, recording-wise, it kind of seamlessly comes across when we're playing live in front of people."
"Love Yes' " other distinguishing characteristic is a decidedly feminist perspective in Lieberson's lyrics. "I didn't want to just talk about personal things anymore," she explains. "I wanted to push myself to talk about broader topics and feminism and things I believe in. It feels like we're living in a time where it would feel a little weird for me to write only love songs."
It also comes at a time when Hillary Clinton's presidential run and some comments by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump have pushed women towards the head of the country's political discourse. But Lieberson says that as far as she's concerned gender politics have always been topical.
"Being a woman I feel like it's in your day to day life, whether it's in the music industry or just walking down the street," Lieberson says. "It's part of your life.
"I mean, it's nice there's a climate for people to talk about it now, but it's still tough. There are still challenges, obviously. More women are starting to express these things in song and talk about important things like sexism and motherhood and things we should talk about as songwriters. These are our live and our experiences, so they don't need a (presidential campaign) to be out there."
TEEN,. Las Pinas and Best Exes
Monday, April 4. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St., Detroit.
Tickets are $10.
Call 313-551-3158 or visit facebook.com/marblebardetroit
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