With the combined efforts of Nathan Strejcek on vocals, guitarist Geordie Grindle, bassist Ian MacKaye, and Jeff Nelson on drums, Teen Idles was a youth organized force to be reckoned with that made a combined effort to destroy all that stood in their wake. From the very start with the self-titled track “Teen Idles,” They launch into a two-stepping frenzy of instruments that move in a varied range of movements while keeping a consistent push forward. The interesting thing about Teen Idles and most of the bands of this era of hardcore punk music is the length of their tracks; not a single track lasts over two-minutes with the exclusion of the live recorded closer “Too Young to Rock.” The transitions from track to track move in a brief segue of silence, or sudden punches through to the other side that leave no rest for the wicked.
Even with the animosity of Minor Disturbance, Teen Idles are able to provide a beautiful look into the hardcore scene and shows the foundation of Dischord Records. The teen pioneers made their way with heavy tracks like “Getting In My Way” which focus on the moshing and destruction, but then also taking a slowed approach to certain tracks like “Deadhead” where the crowd can relax. This is also apparent on the track “Too Young to Rock” which is lo-fi, disgusting, and sounds like it was recorded in a basement, these three key factors all attribute to the very love of hardcore that so many adapted to be their own.