The Rock*A*Teens

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The Rock*A*Teens
Origin Cabbagetown, GA, U.S.A.
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1994 – 2002
Labels Daemon Records
Merge Records
Members Justin Davis Hughes
William Joiner
Ballard Lesemann
Christopher Lopez
Past members Kelly Hogan
Chris Verene
William Brandon Smith

The Rock*A*Teens were an indie rock band from Cabbagetown in Atlanta, Georgia who were active during most of the 1990s.


The Rock*A*Teens began work on April 1, 1994 in Cabbagetown. The lineup consisted of Chris Lopez (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Justin Davis Hughes (guitar, piano, organ, backing vocals), Kelly Hogan (guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Verene (drums). They were later signed to Daemon Records and released two records, the self-titled debut and Cry. Kelly Hogan and Chris Verene quit in the summer of 1997 and were replaced by Jeff Patch and Brandon Smith. The band signed to Merge Records, and two singles were released, one on Merge and the other on Kill Rock Stars. (All four songs were re-recorded for the first Merge full length Baby A Little Rain Must Fall by the trio of Lopez, Smith and Hughes. The two separate versions of "Ether Sunday", when played simultaneously, sync up perfectly). Jeff Patch offered his resignation during the return from the first west coast tour with new friends Superchunk, after having blown the transmission of their van "Big Gary" during a side trip to Yellowstone. Subsequently, Chris Verene returned to the band for a brief period, including a SXSW performance in 1998 and related visits to Houston and New Orleans. He was replaced by T. Ballard Lesemann III in early summer 1998, after he had demonstrated his ability to perform most songs from memory without having practiced them. He was immediately signed up for a summer 1998 tour headlining the entire country. Afterwards, this line up recorded the second Merge album, Golden Time. Following an exhausting national tour with Man Or Astroman, Brandon Smith exited the group, originally to be replaced by Hayden from Servotron, who turned out to be wanted by the law. A few weeks before a tour with Superchunk, a soon to be prominent local lawyer named William Joiner joined the group and stayed the last few years of the band, recording Sweet Bird of Youth, their last full length, and an EP for Atlanta label Moodswing Records called Noon Under the Trees, as well as going on multiple tours. [1]

The Rock*A*Teens have recently announced dates for the summer of 2014.


  • The Rock*A*Teens (January 23, 1996)
  • Cry (February 18, 1997)
  • Baby, A Little Rain Must Fall (April 21, 1998)
  • Golden Time (March 23, 1999)
  • Sweet Bird of Youth (October 3, 2000)
  • Noon Under the Trees EP (2001)

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