It doesn’t get bleaker or more hilarious than Wellington/Auckland band Teen Hygiene’s “Self Diagnosin’”, an allegedly autobiographical tale of cyberchondria (the song’s opening lines are “I’ve been looking onliiiiiiiine / What will I find?”) that’s perfectly complemented by the barely held-together chaos of their post-hardcore guitar/drums combo – they’ve a knack for arrangement to accentuate parts of the song that’d shame bands who’d actually use terms like “arrangement”. There’s echoes of Flipper and NZ’s underrated S.P.U.D. (and their cover of the similarly abject Devo’s “Mongoloid” was a highlight of Camp A Low Hum 2011), and they’ve fellow travellers in US bands like Pissed Jeans and Clockcleaner. “Self Diagnosin’” is taken from last year’s Show U My Delite 7″, with the screenprinted art designed by guitarist/vocalist Zach Penney – you can see more of his work at Infinity Bag. They’ve no current plans, being in different cities, but each is currently working on seperate projects – drummer Ben Knight in The All Seeing Hand (with David Alphabethead), and Zach on a currently untitled project.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.