Maybe it's related to the passing of time and the expansion of the publishing base, but we couldn't help looking on in confusion at the Observer Music Monthly's Teen Issue, a full edition entirely devoted to there being a few bands around with teenagers in.
Haven't there always been bands around with teenagers in? We know we always take 1996-97 as our point of reference - we can't help our formative years being those - but exactly the same happened then with the music press racing to laud the very youth of many a minorly successful band (Laverne, obviously: "The point isn't that we're young. Which is difficult to rectify when everyone's going 'Hey! Kenickie! You're about three, aren't you?' Yeah, that's right, we're about three"). It's a crutch that ageing journos will always use as a promotional tool. What we didn't have then, and this is probably Web 2.0 (gnnh)'s fault, is really young band of the Smoosh/Tiny Masters Of Today/Kitty Daisy & Lewis/Pull In Emergency type (and by the way, how on earth did Konnie's introduction to KD&L start?), but their selling point is as much novelty as sound. Pop music, since the supercharged jazz bands were replaced by amped guitars, has always been a game chiefly for, and by extension by, the young. Stop being shocked when the young give it a go.