Mysterious Pop Trio Terror Jr Break Down Their Debut EP 'Bop City'

Mysterious Pop Trio Terror Jr Break Down Their Debut EP 'Bop City'

2016's most enigmatic newcomers prove they're here to stay with a powerful new pop EP, and give V an exclusive analysis of each track.

2016's most enigmatic newcomers prove they're here to stay with a powerful new pop EP, and give V an exclusive analysis of each track.

Text: Ian David Monroe

It’s now been seven months since pop trio Terror Jr hit the scene, making a major entrance by soundtracking Kylie Jenner’s “Glosses” video. The debut had many, us included, theorizing that Jenner was the vocalist, but it was never confirmed. In that time, I’ve come no closer to knowing who the veiled lead singer, who goes by Lisa, may be—but I’m fairly certain it is not Kylie Jenner. Truthfully, I have no real desire to know because ultimately the music is good. I dare say amazing, and Jenner’s involvement would only distract from that. Today, they release their debut EP, Bop City, which includes four previously unreleased tracks, with a promise of performing those songs live soon. With a little more patience, we'll know once and for all who is hiding behind the pink hair.

From the offset, the group’s tracks, produced by members Felix Snow and David Singer-Vine, focused on addiction—threading different drug metaphors with ones about love. For all the bright and playful imagery accompanying their music, there are very clear dark undertones, and an outsider mentality explored in the lyrics. On their second release, “Sugar,” Lisa sings, “Lean back, take it with a swallow. Fuck them cool kids, we will never follow.” Ironically, that track and the rest of Bop City will surely become anthems for “cool kids” everywhere. Snow and Singer-Vine have made them before.

The two previously worked with rising artist Kiiara on “Gold,” a track that has climbed to the 6th position of US Mainstream Top 40. Every track on Bop City has the same potential.

Terror Jr's greatest asset is that they are on the forefront of a new movement in pop music, one that doesn't pretend every party is a rager of feel good love, but also doesn't decry them. The music comes at a time when the pressure of perfection on social media is more exhausting than it is rewarding, and a carefully curated life isn't sustainable. Those topics and more are explored throughout the EP with infectious irreverence.

Here, they break down Bop City track by track, giving insight into what each is about. Like all things Terror Jr, and as you’ll notice, it’s not full of detail.

LITTLE WHITE BARS: addiction, lust, confusion, hope

PRAY: addiction, religion

SUGAR: addiction, cavities, pretty cavities

COME FIRST: addiction, experience

SO SAY: addiction, confidence

SUPER POWERS: addiction, elevation

3 STRIKES: addiction, sex

TRUTH: addiction, love

In a “manifesto” sent earlier in the week, Terror Jr concedes that Bop City isn’t entirely autobiographical, though.

“Terror Jr was born on the first day of Spring . . . 3 seeds . . . Morphed together to create a demented flower. Growing on the edge of Bop City . . . They observed the people and wrote about their experiences as their own. Bop City is full of regret, attraction, ugliness, hope, and terror. Lots of Terror.”

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