Teenage Prayers with The Mayors of Super Awesome Town

May 12 • The Comet

When New York’s Teenage Prayers blew into town for 2007’s MidPoint festivities, their incendiary set at The Exchange was easily a highlight of the whole shooting match. Frontman Tim Adams was a manic summit of Paul Westerberg, Julian Casablancas and David Johansen holding a seance to conjure up the spirit of Sam Cooke, while the remainder of the band — guitarist Terence Adams, bassist Kyle Chrise and drummer Kyle Wills (the keyboard slot, now filled by Adam Schatz, was vacant due to lack of space in the converted clown car the band drove here in, equipment and all) — offered up a joyous and tumultuous racket that suggested The Strokes’ uptown hip factor skewered by Marah’s Roots Rock, The Stooges’ metallic Soul and The Kinks’ boozy Pop abandon.

In the Prayers’ eight-year history, they’ve made fans of some interesting friends, to say the least. In 2002, the fledgling band met Soul icon Solomon Burke, who flew them out to L.A. so he could produce their spin on his hit, “Goodbye Baby,” a highlight of the Prayers’ debut full-length, 2005’s Ten Songs. Five years ago, the band found themselves on a gig with Paisley Underground legend Steve Wynn, who was so impressed with their visceral performance that he pledged his future involvement on their sophomore album. Always a man of his word, Wynn manned the console for the Prayers’ wickedly wonderful second go-round, Everyone Thinks You’re the Best, which hit the streets early last year.

But take it from a sweat-baptised convert, boys and girls: The place to experience the Teenage Prayers is in their audience, front and center, dancing with a tent revival intensity that would have tongue speakers and snake handlers fearing for their well-being. Deals don’t get any realer than the Teenage Prayers.

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