In Session — TEEERS : After The After

Growing up, many of us want to be in a band and become rockstars. Not many of us actually do it, or succeed doing it. But these 4 boys from Paris have been making music together as TEEERS for years now and things seem to be finally taking off. In their cosy, basement home-studio, Adrien, Clément, Odilon and Viktor took us through the underside of their party.

From teens to TEEERS

TEEERS is first and foremost the result of a musical heritage, as explains Odilon: “We get our inspiration from the different music horizons we grew up with, whether they’re old classics or more contemporary stuff.” “It goes from Prince to Michael Jackson, to Frank Ocean and Mac Miller”, adds Adrien. His clever take on defining his own band appeals to us greatly. “It’s not about who we are. It’s about who we were and who we are going to be.” Since they don’t believe they have a static guideline, the band’s essence is constantly evolving, giving them the freedom to try out everything they feel at a given time.
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In true Parisian fashion, it’s raining outside, but we are sitting in the band’s refuge. This studio – actually Clément’s basement – is a huge part or TEEERS’ existence. This is where everything takes place, from writing to decision-making. “Oddly enough, we never filmed anything here. Even though we always work here”, notes Clément, amused. They’re all relaxed – they’re “at home”, after all – very open and far more talkative than we thought, which is quite pleasant. They’re authentic.
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Adrien confirms our thoughts: “We aim to give our music a purpose, live. So most of the time, after each one of us gives out new ideas, we gather together, using synths and a drum machine and quickly record it. Then we just go to the countryside with actual drums and we play what we recorded, until we’re satisfied with it […] We really are music performers, so our main focus is always the live performance.”
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Starting out so young can be as much an advantage as it can be limiting, depending on how you see things, we learn. TEEERS had their fair share of obstacles over the past decade, including having to  chose between pursuing a formal education and making music at a professional level (classic!) As kids, it can also be difficult to be taken seriously. However, in their case, the boys took it the other way round and noticed that their youth made people address them with kindness. Looking back, it was probably naive from them. Consequently at ease, they kept a positive state of mind and progressed. “It helps to be treated with indulgence when you’re little and you suck. It made us think what we did was good so we kept doing it and eventually got better.”, Odilon reflects.

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“After The After is us”

Flash forward to 2019, TEEERS have released their second EP, ‘After The After’. A deeply personal record that comes from their guts, resulting in 4 tracks, 15 minutes and 47 seconds of vibrant electro/indie pop.
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“We tried to do something new and different (and) it’s the most personal thing we’ve done in our entire lives”
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It took over a year of writing and composing; downing it to 20 tracks and eventually select and record the four that would make the record. Some songs required 3 months of work, whereas others were done in a couple weeks. In the end, what matters the most is that TEEERS have found what they wanted to convey with their EP. “We are happy with what we’ve done with these four tracks and I think the way we’ve worked on it will be very useful to us when we begin recording an album.” It’s worth noticing that for Adrien, as the latest addition to the band, this experience has allowed him to understand the dynamic of the band and ultimately to contribute to their collective. TEEERS have learned and developed automatisms and deeper knowledge of each other. They know how to connect.
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What was also crucial in the making of ‘After The After’ is the work producer Pierrick Devin (Lily Wood and The Prick, Phoenix, Lomepal…) did with TEEERS. He brought his artistic vision in and helped them a lot refining their sound and adding the finishing touches to perfect it. Since the writing work was mostly done beforehand, the band took advantage of all their time with Devin to focus on the sonic details, which resulted in the birth of their most achieved product.
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“It took us a long time to finally release it [and] it was an emotional rollercoaster […] Often times you think you have a good track and you hate it the next day”, confides Odilon.
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© TEEERS 2019
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Moreover, contrary to what one might think, writing in English isn’t an issue at all for TEEERS. Plus they never cited it as an additional challenge in the making of their music. As many of their peers in their generation, their art is heavily influenced by the current pop culture surrounding us, from the come back of the 90-style fashion to movies and music, but also the Internet, where everything popular is primarily in English. “Sometimes I even think in English”, confides Odilon. “So even when we write lyrics to some melodies we have, there’s something that probably comes from sort of an education we inherited from this culture.” “But the music really comes first, we never think first of what we want to talk about…Although we could try that in the future”, reflects Clément.
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“It’s interesting that we are – as frenchmen – trying to draw inspiration from the anglo-saxon culture. I think it created a beautiful alchemy on the final product” concludes Adrien.
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It’s worth noticing the love and pride these guys have for their music. The EP is like their newborn child and they treat it as such. The foursome is almost caught off guard when asked what track off it represents best TEEERS in its current essence. Their response is quite overwhelmed, almost childlike. Their gaze is lit up with excitement when they explain that:
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a) They love all  of the songs – they really do;
b) They have a lot of things to tell about them including the fact that Flavours is very touching and On Time – the first one they completed together- is cute. It’s difficult to make a choice between these traits;
c) But if you want to get a taste of what you’re on to with TEEERS, go watch their music video for the titletrack After The After, which is somewhat a family affair that incorporates all their ties and ideas.
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The colourful and inviting old-school pop universe around which ‘After The After’ revolves is in the end naturally representative of TEEERS as a band, but also as individuals.
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”That’s the one that represents us. This is us”

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Grit your teeth and trust yourself

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Despite their young age, lessons have been learned and TEEERS band members all agree on the fact that in this world, confidence is key. “We know we want to be able to control who we are, what we do and how we do it. And for that you have to be confident. Trusting yourself is necessary”, underlines Adrien. “You have to know what you want and go straight to that direction. However, being confident doesn’t mean resting on your laurels either. It means always seeing further and even beyond your goals.”
Where do TEEERS want to go then? Well, except playing Coachella soon(ish), the boys humbly state that they just want to go where the band will be kindly welcome and enjoyed for what it is. TEEERS now have their sights set more than firmly on a debut album. “We’ll see where we go from there.”
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Next up: keep your eyes peeled for shows in support of the latest release in the next few months.
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Video: TEEERS – After The After,
recorded in Paris, in April 2019
by Karen R. and Mariam B. 
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