Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team, Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, Britton and Turner began writing together back in the dying embers of the last century.
With a rag-tag collection of scratchy demos, Britton and Turner slowly honed their craft, melding together lush harmonies, hooky melodies, the odd sample and overdriven guitars. Hints of power pop can be heard: Teenage Fanclub, Jellyfish and Big Star spring to mind. But Turner’s raucous guitar and reverb soundscapes keeps the vibe punky and a little dirtier.
During a particularly dark year of damp accommodation and alcohol, their work attracted the attention of Nokia, who wanted to feature their track, Friend to the Stars, in a TV advert. They declined and chose to remain underground and drunk.
During a three-year break Mark Britton re-released some of Amoeba Teen’s material, attracting international acclaim that included rave reviews from Powerpopaholic, Pure Pop Radio and an Album of the Month award from Ryan’s Gig Guide.
Amoeba Teen reformed in 2016. In addition to Britton and Turner’s songwriting foundations, today Amoeba Teen also features Simon Muttit, legendary former bassist of Fierce Panda Record’s darlings, X>Y. On drums is Carl Baylis, whose percussive skills have found him featured on Steve Lamacq’s record of the week on BBC 6Music.
During 2017 Amoeba Teen took a detour with an acoustic album, The Appleyard Sessions, that hinted at their hidden alt-country influences, while retaining their hallmark harmonies and melodic hooks. That same year the band were invited to perform at the International Pop Overthrow festival, at the iconic Cavern in Liverpool.
In 2018 the band signed to US label, Kool Kat Records, releasing a double album from their back catalogue. The band also appeared on a compilation album on Omnivore Records, home to artists such as The Beach Boys, Tim Buckley and Hank Marvin.
The year has also witnessed the band warming up football fans at the West Bromwich Albion versus Liverpool match; a dream come true for ardent Baggies fan, Carl Baylis. Amoeba Teen round off a year of big performances with an appearance at Brierley Hill Civic hall, having won a local radio competition to support BBC2 Radio favourites, King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys.
The band are currently working on their new album which promises to blend their classic guitar pop sound with other emerging influences.