Brooklyn-based trio TEEN is making a break for it on "Runner," premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Jan. 23). "Runner" is the latest single from their upcoming fourth record Good Fruit via Carpark Records.
The band -- comprised of sisters Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson -- brings their mix of rock and synth-pop to a new level with dizzying, propulsive production and commanding vocals that bob and weave through the song's bold and biting commentary. Fitting the clinical, cut-and-run lyrics, the song follows a breakneck, frenetic pace that shakes away any lingering doubt and gives the listener that final, decisive push to take the next step.
“In relationships, I have a fear of suffocation, a fear of losing freedom, and of anyone squashing my desires, my narrative, mainly because it’s happened," Teeny Lieberson tells Billboard. "With ‘Runner,’ I wanted to explore a feeling: what makes someone seemingly difficult? Particularly women? Rarely have I had the experience where my partner is OK with my complexities; my intensity, my warmth, my ambition, generosity or lack thereof. The fact that I unabashedly will not be contained. Instead, my experience, especially in relationships with men, has been this: it is far more comfortable to keep me as a projection of what they want, rather than interact with who I really am. When I begin to feel this, and it’s often when a dude is asking me to be his girlfriend and comply with his systems of habit, I run."