Imperial Teen has been around for longer than you think; roughly 15 years to be exact. Wielding its own distinct brand of pop/rock, the quartet has since crafted a solid niche for itself on the indie scene, particularly thanks to the experience of seasoned pros Will Schwartz, Roddy Bottum, Jone Stebbins and Lynn Truell. Known for its complex lyrics and catchy hooks, Imperial Teen has made a solid mark in the music world during its run, especially with new album Feel The Sound (Merge). We decided to test that experience by inviting the band to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with Schwartz.
Schwartz: I don’t know what I would do without Painted Bird and Sunny and Nate (the owners). Silverlake’s Painted Bird is like the devastatingly cool younger sister of Opening Ceremony on a budget. She’s forced to find things that no one else has so she can shine on like a crazy diamond. But the real secret is I just drop by from time to time and hang out with Sunny for a good hour because she makes me feel like myself and she’s so pretty and warm and gets it, but really unpretentious.
Video after the jump.