Teenager is the moniker of the sweetly defiant Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Bevan Herbekian.
After a decade of forming bands on both coasts, playing everywhere from house shows to Bay Area institutions, recording in local lofts and state of the art studios with a big band and a big name producer, Bevan was never able to make manifest the music he heard in his head. He finally gave up on traditional channels and chose to craft his sound one piece at a time, at home, almost completely on his own. His latest LP, The Magic of True Love,brings to life what had for so long been an unfulfilled fantasy. It is a luminous powerhouse of sound that teams Hi Fi production with impassioned songwriting and the intimacy of a late night conversation.
“Burning with hunger and romanticism, Teenager’s The Magic of True Love is a genuine Bay Area phenomenon and fascination.” - Impose Magazine
“Is it pop? God no. It is music with meaning, soul, and laborious passion.” - Oakland North
“Contagious. The Magic of True Love is full of unabashedly earnest, tightly crafted pop songs with seriously big instrumentation and heart. There are head-bobbers, there’s high-flying falsetto, there are shout-along soul choruses that are catchy as hell” - SF Guardian
“Invigorating. Sun-kissed tones and descriptive storytelling with a Bowie-esque sound that is raw, electric, and absolutely fun. Imagine a big band feel combined with a new modern twist. This release may be Teenager’s first, but I sure as hell hope it’s not his last.” - The Bay Bridged
“The Brian-Wilson of the Bay Area” - RadioValencia
“Honestly brilliant. Undeniably jaunty & swinging in the tradition of pop perfectionist/intellectual auteurs such as Emitt Rhodes and Van Duren. Clever, maximally produced with bedroom charm, and catchy as hell” - The Modern Folk Music of America
“Herbekian has delivered us an ice cream sundae of a power pop album. The exuberance behind the songs can’t be denied and is infectious. An album like this reminds us of the magic of great music.” - Adobe & Teardrops