BAND OF THE WEEK: Teenage Softies

Teenage Softies (photo by Dan Tantrum/Tantrum Imagery)

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week: Teenage Softies.

Teenage Softies play Will’s Pub on Wednesday, April 6, with No Friends and Go Rydell.

Just the facts:

When formed:

We started playing shows the beginning of last year.

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Mark Bonner- guitar
  • Dylan Foeller – guitar
  • Abby Dahlquist – bass
  • Josh Holbrook – drums
  • We all sing.

Currently available releases:

We did a five song demo tape that there may be more of and a split 7″ with Stolen Parts that is on Kiss of Death records.


Upcoming shows:

  • April 6th at Will’s
  • April 11th at Wally’s.

Describe your sound:

cookie monster/chipmunk punk

Any big news to share?

We are recording a full length in May.

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

We played a last minute show when we got back from tour and at least 100 of our friends showed up and went apeshit. We had driven all night from Athens, Georgia and were completely worn out but the show was so much fun that it didn’t even matter.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

Every single one of our friends’ bands.

3) Which national band would you most like to share a bill with?

We just like playing with our friends bands from all over. Right now I think the band we can all agree on being super stoked about is Future Virgins and we all missed them at the Fest because we were watching Hard Skin. So hopefully they will come back to Florida so we can be the dorks at the show going nuts.

4) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

We are constantly being compared to other bands with female vocalists even though we sound nothing like them. Hard as it is to believe, women don’t all sound the same and as much as we love them we don’t sound like Lemuria.

5) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

Places like Uncle Lou’s and Hoops pretty much make it possible for punks to have shows but Orlando is totally lacking in the DIY space department right now. We are to blame as much as anyone else, though, so we can’t really complain.

Least favorite: That we aren’t everyone’s favorite band…yet.


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