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Terror Jr broke onto the scene in 2016, founded by former The Cataracs band member David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine, Lisa Vitale, and Felix Snow, who left the group in 2017. Mystery surrounded their debut, as all three members of the group kept their identities hidden throughout the release of their first two projects (Bop City, and Bop City 2: TerroRising), finally revealing themselves with their third project (Bop 3: The Girl Who Cried Purple).
Ironically, the reluctancy to reveal identities led to increased interest in the group, as many fans speculated the lead singer (Lisa Vitale) to be Kylie Jenner, following one of Jenner’s lipgloss advertisements featuring the band’s debut single 3 Strikes. Jenner did little to quell the rumors and interest in the band spiked. After having captured this initial audience, Terror Jr proved able to maintain their fanbase even after revealing their identities, thanks to fantastically produced, new-age pop music that is equally danceable as it is political.
The Unfortunately, Terror Jr era began in September of 2018 with the release of the sneakily polarizing A-Ok (Everything’s Perfect). The track disguises an aggressively political message with a hypnotic trap beat. Daring lyrics such as “Everyone’s A-OK / If you don’t look too hard / We could pretend we’re happy” and “These days got me in a slump / White women voted for Trump” convey the group’s exhaustion with the state of American politics – but listeners only realize this fact if they focus hard enough to appreciate the multi-layered artistry to the song, which ends up becoming the real beauty of the piece.
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The group followed up A-OK with one of their only traditional music videos for their next single, Pretty. Both the song and video hauntingly critique beauty standards and present a visual and auditory attack on the appalling expectations placed upon women to appease society with their physicality. Once again, Terror Jr couples a serious message with a catchy, alt-pop melody, satisfying the diverse tastes of their fanbase.
On January 25th of 2019 Terror Jr released the complete Unfortunately, Terror Jr album. Standouts include the vulnerable Favorite Bitch, which explores the balance between self-love and a traditional relationship, as well as Kinda Iconic, which features the groups signature message-driven lyrics under a semi-classic pop beat. The song criticizes skin-deep attraction and encourages listeners to appreciate the deeper qualities of a potential significant other.
There’s no telling what such an idiosyncratic group will do next, but until then, Terror Jr has gifted us with what many are calling their strongest project yet. Unfortunately, Terror Jr is available on all music platforms.