Merge 25 Festival: Full Line-Up Announced!

safe_image.phpMerge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary at Merge 25, a 4-day music festival that now includes Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality,and Mikal Cronin!

This set of performers rounds out the already-announced line-up of Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language.

We have plenty more surprises up our sleeves, so stay tuned as we celebrate Merge 25!


Brand new Imperial Teen video for “No Matter What You Say”

Here’s the big reveal! The brand new Imperial Teen video for “No Matter What You Say”

Directed by Guy Franklin & John Gavin
Cinematographer: Edward Goldner
Costume Design: Chloe Greaves
Make Up: Jonathon Thorpe
Hair: Ceres Mason
First A.D: Josh Harris
Colourist: Christine J. Dobson at Pocket Post
Post-Production: The Pixel Kitchen

Starring Emily Browning.

Special thank you to West Space Gallery.

From the album Feel the Sound, out now on Merge Records.



SPIN Magazine : Imperial Teen’s Lynn Perko-Truell named top 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

imagesLynn Truell (The Dicks, Sister Double Happiness, Imperial Teen)
A solid, reliable, and adaptable drummer is always in demand, and Lynn Truell (née Perko) hasn’t been without a band since the dawn of the ’80s. A fixture in the San Francisco underground, notably with the second iteration of hardcore punks the Dicks and then the blues-heavy Sister Double Happiness, she demonstrated a killer combination of timing and texture. But Truell’s most impressive work was in ’90s indie-punks Imperial Teen, where she flaunted her ability to switch from tight pop beats to brittle, combustible throwdowns.

Most Booming Moment: Six seconds into 1996′s “Water Boy,” Truell lays down a simple pick-up that opens the gates for a rush of manic, pent-up energy. JEANNE FURY

Click here for the full feature.

Feel the Sound being released in the UK on June 10, 2013!

phpThumb_cache_mergerecords.com_srcf7c0cc072b3c9f8f722f3da92956dd07_par65b27c8fe1a750e6792cb6471d907532_dat1320259702Feel the Sound being released in the UK on June 10, 2013 by MERGE Records!

Beginning June 10, Imperial Teen‘s Feel the Sound will be available on CD, LP and digital viaMerge Records in the UK and Europe. Will, Jone, Lynn & Roddy will play a couple of shows in England as well as their previously announced visits to Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles this spring.

Like the sharpest pop music, Feel the Sound gets you to keep coming back for more, but unlike so much music today, it rewards you for doing so, giving you the experience of a fulfilled and yet still yearning, lively potential, one that will be further realized when the songs are performed live. SPIN deemed Imperial Teen, “eternally joyous indie-pop savants” while Magnet described Feel the Sound as “an LP full of energy and warmth, and the group’s symphonic pop sound is still as fresh as its debut in the ’90s.”

So many bands lose momentum and focus over time, but a little past its sweet sixteenth year of existence, Roddy Bottum, Lynn Perko Truell, Will Schwartz, and Jone Stebbins somehow grow both younger and wiser, connecting four characterful lives through creative friendship and deep trust, and forging a communal power that continues to grow stronger.

Imperial Teen on tour:
Apr 27 Denver, CO Hi Dive
May 24 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
May 25 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
June 16 Isle of Wight, UK Isle of Wight Festival
June 18 London, UK The Borderline