As a band, Taryn and Austin’s journey happened both unexpectedly and fortuitously. At the start of the COVID pandemic, Austin and his wife moved back into his parents’ house, where Taryn was also living at the time. Faced with nothing but time, he got back to songwriting, regularly asking Taryn for input — or as the two playfully put it, “Gen Z quality control.”
The immediate result of their musical partnership was the pop-punk/alternative anthem “Who’s Laughing Now,” which leads with wry, tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the futility of young adulthood in 2023. After posting an unfinished version of “Who’s Laughing Now” on TikTok, it swiftly took off, galvanizing thousands of viewers who shared their coming-of-age frustrations. Clearly, the song’s sentiments — which land somewhere between a shrug and a clenched fist — resonated with millions of listeners, and today Durry have recorded a fully fleshed-out version of “Who’s Laughing Now,” which is set to appear on their riveting, perfectly sardonic debut LP, Suburban Legend due out Sept 8 2023.
Durry’s live show, which is as infectious as their music, has won the hearts and minds of fans in real life, and they’ll be taking their new album on the road, with US tour dates kicking off in November for the Suburban Legend Tour.
Whether Suburban Legend is tackling romantic love, late-stage capitalism, mental health woes, or teen nostalgia, the thread tying it all together is its utter relatability.
Regardless of where you are in life — city or suburbs, school or work, or pursuing a creative dream of your own — Durry will meet you there with a wink and a high five.
In 2018 Mega Mango released their debut single, You Spent All Your Love. While it gained significant traction with the indie rock community, this success would be short-lived.
The pressures of young adulthood, compounded by a global pandemic, forced the band into a 2 year hiatus. In the midst of quarantine, members were scattered across the country. It seemed like Mega Mango was over just as soon as it had started.
Despite this, vocalist Crow Costello (they/them) and guitarist Alex Spagnolia (he/him) remained close in Philly. In the depths of an epidemic, they began recording what would become Mega Mango’s comeback singles.
They pursued a new sound – indie bedroom rock vibes with bigger bass, drums and a warmer tone. They dubbed it, Phruitcore – playing on the band’s fruit-inspired name and hometown of Philadelphia.
In 2021, the band returned with their first new song in 2+ years: Boggle. With a new sound came a new lineup. Original bassist Niko Jones (he/him) moved back to rejoin the group. Drummer Sam Poll (he/him) – a long time fan of the band – was recruited to finalize the lineup.
The subsequent Fun and Games EP marked a bittersweet (and board-game-themed) departure from the group’s youth. Duly, their new single – Sheets – exposits a maturation of their playful sound and a return to their indie rock roots.