Teen Creeps Birthmark

Who's in the mood for some Belgian punk music? The answer to that question should always be a resounding YES. Thats why, this week I bring you the musical stylings of Teen Creeps.

The trio from Ghent combine a mixture of melodic 90s alt rock tones with a solid punk base to create a sound which the band describe as "post-everything". At times it has an air of melancholy, as is this case on new single Mercury, which is about falling back into the bad habit of procrastination.

You have big plans, but you’re not getting anything done. Because you’re just too scared to get things started. So you just leave it and go out. And hate yourself for it.” explains bassist and vocalist Bert Vliegen.

Bert was kind enough to take on the now infamous introducing questionnaire, revealing in the process how Belgians learn English whilst giving my personal favourite ever answer to question 10. 


1. What is your favourite album and why?

I’m gonna go with Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation”. One of the first records I owned, and an absolute masterpiece in my opinion. I can keep going back to it and discover something new about them. They’ve released a ton of great albums in their career, but “Daydream Nation” will always stand out to me as a cohesive, sonically mind-blowing record.

2. What is your least favourite album and why?

Our sound engineer once gave me a copy of the soundtrack to the “Sgt. Peppers”-movie, which featured the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton covering those classic songs. As much as a love the Beatles, these songs and even the Bee Gees, their attempt to reinterpret these songs is just awful. An expensive, overproduced, disco-y mess.

3. If you had to describe your music in three words, what would they be?

Energetic, fuzzy indierock.

4. What made you start making music?

I grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Belgium, so it’s probably a combination of boredom and wanting to be one of the cool kids who could play guitar.

5. Favourite swear word?

A good, loud “Fuck” will always do the job.

6. If you could create a band from musicians (excluding yourselves) living or dead, who would you choose?

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Randy Randall (No Age) on guitar, Warren Ellis (The Bad Seeds) on violin, Mike Watt (Minutemen) on bass, Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü) on drums and Patti Smith on vocals. I’d pay a lot of money to hear that.

7. Obvious musical skills aside, do any of you have any secret talents?

I’m a huge cycling geek. That’s not really a ‘talent’ but more of a weird nerdy hobby, I guess. But still: ask me anything about the sport and I’ll have an opinion and multiple facts to prove my point ready in no time.

8. What is your favourite childhood TV show?

Definitely “The Simpsons”. Those shows aren’t dubbed in Belgium, so that’s how you learned English. Still one of the funniest shows ever made.

9. Aside from music, what profession would you like to attempt and why?

Hard one, can’t really see myself functioning in a different scene. I guess I’d like to try and be a writer, but in a John Irving-kind of way. Thoroughly researching everything, carefully building a story, churning out a book every two years. Yeah, that sounds like something I’d like to try.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“It’s okay man, I wouldn’t believe in myself if I were you either! Come in, everybody’s expecting you!”

Teen Creeps debut album Birthmark is available April 6 via PIAS.