Tournament are here to show you that rock isn't dead, in fact it's never been more alive. The members of the band all aptly hail from Rockland County, New York, and have known each other since they were teenagers. However it wasn't until 2006 that the band—vocalist/guitarist Montana Masback, guitarist Sean Kraft, bassist Ryan Kelly and drummer Jordan Lovelace—migrated to Brooklyn and officially formed Tournament out of the ashes of their previous acts. Since then they've played countless shows and released the 2008 EP Swordswallower, 2009 full-length Years Old and the 2011 7-inch "Rx/Collar." That said, their long-awaited new full-length Teenage Creature is unquestionably the pinnacle of their career and showcases how the band have fully developed their sound over the past few years.
From the opening lick of the album's title track, Tournament set the tone early via rumbling bass, Hellacopters-worthy guitar riffing, gritty vocals and a melodic sensibility that keeps these songs as infectious as they are incendiary. There's also plenty of diversity inherent on Teenage Creature from the psychedelic instrumental track "Biff's Future" to the relentless raw power of "Scattered." "We draw from many different influences and time periods but the moment a riff is introduced we know if it will work for Tournament or not," Kraft explains. While the band cites acts like Thin Lizzy and Hot Snakes as influences, they've always found it important to develop their own sound even when it's to their own detriment. "We've always felt like outsiders and I think that's part of our collective mantra," he continues, adding that the group feels a kinship with other acts who don't quite fit in.