Teen Idols
Teen Idols
Background Information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Pop Punk
Surf Rock
Alternative Rock
Years active 1992-2003
Label(s) House O' Pain
Honest Don's
Fueled By Ramen
Associated Acts Bullets to Broadway
The Queers
Screeching Weasel
Even in Blackouts
Phillip Hill
Keith Witt
Chris Mason
Yvonne Szumski
Former Members
Kevin Sierzega
Heather Tabor
Matt Yonker
Wes White
Roxsan Biggerstaff
Keaton Sims
Janell Saxton
Steve Saxton
Matt Benson Chris Trujillo
Jemima Kate
Nathan Bice

The Teen Idols are a pop punk band based in Nashville, Tennessee. They were formed in 1992 by Phillip Hill and originally broke up in 2003 before reuniting in 2008.


The band was formed in 1992 and quickly gained local popularity while playing at venues such as Lucy's Record Shop and receiving frequent airplay on Nashville college radio.[1][2] During the mid-90s, they released several EPs under the local indie label, House O' Pain.[3] In 1996, the Nashville Music Association nominated the band for their Independent Artist of the Year award.[4] A year later, the Teen Idols released their first full-length album under the indie label Honest Don's Records.[1] They released two other albums under the Honest Don's label before signing to Fueled by Ramen in early 2003. Around that time, Keith left the band and Kevin (formerly of Detroit-based P.T.'s Revenge) took over the vocals. Shortly thereafter, the band released the album Nothing to Prove in July, 2003, but broke up during the subsequent tour. During their heyday, the Teen Idols headlined many tours in the U.S. and played support with other notable bands such as NOFX, Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, and The Queers.[4]

After the breakup of the Teen Idols, Heather, Matt Yonker, and Kevin joined forces with Geis and Gui from Rehasher and briefly toured and recorded as the band Bullets to Broadway. The band released one album, Drink Positive, and supported Less Than Jake on their 2006 European tour. Phillip has done duty with many bands including The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and Even in Blackouts.

On December 26, 2008, the Teen Idols announced on their MySpace blog that they had decided to come out of retirement and would soon be making new records and playing shows again.[5]

In early 2009, the Teen Idols announced a tentative agreement to sign with Fat Wreck Chords.[6]

In June 2009, the Teen Idols introduced their new bassist, Yvonne Szumski (guitarist of Chicago's pop punk outfit The Scissors) on the Insubordination Festival tour.[7]

In December of 2009, guitar player Phillip Hill was hospitalized with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung after trying to break up a fight. Because he lacked health insurance, an account was set up to help raise money for his medical bills.[8]


Current MembersEdit

  • Phillip Hill – guitar (1992-current)
  • Keith Witt – vocals (1995-2000) (2008-current)
  • Chris Mason – drums (2009-current)
  • Yvonne Szumski – bass (2009-current)

Former Members Edit

  • Jemima Kate – bass (2008-2009)
  • Kevin Sierzega – vocals (2001-2003)
  • Heather Tabor – bass (1996-2003)
  • Matt "Drastic" Yonker – drums (1996-2003)
  • Wes White – drums (1994-1996)
  • Roxsan Biggerstaff – bass (1995-1996)
  • Keaton Sims – vocals (1994-1995)
  • Janell Saxton – bass (1992-1995)
  • Steve Saxton – drums (1992-1994)
  • Matt Benson – vocals (1992-1993)
  • Chris Trujillo – drums (1992)


Studio albumsEdit

  • Teen Idols (1997)
  • Pucker Up (1999)
  • Full Leather Jacket (2000)
  • Nothing to Prove (2003)

Singles and EPsEdit

  • Old Days, Old Ways (EP) (1993)
  • Nightmares (EP) (1994)
  • Let's Make Noise (EP) (1995)
  • Teen Idols Split with Mulligan Stu(EP) (1996)
  • V.M.Live Presents Teen Idols (EP) (1996)
  • Teen Idols/Khrissy (split EP) (1996)
  • Four On the Floor (4-way split EP) (1998)
  • Short Music for Short People (Compilation) (1999)
  • Teen Idols/Spread (split EP) (1999)
  • The Dysfunctional Shadowman Split CD (2003)

Compilation appearancesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography
  2. A Moveable Fest
  3. Discography
  4. 4.0 4.1 Band biography at Fueled by Ramen
  5. The Return of Teen Idols!!!
  6. "Teen Idols sign to Fat Wreck." March 23, 2009.
  7. "The Scissors guitarist joins the Teen Idols". The Scissors MySpace page.
  8. "Teen Idols guitarist hospitalized, account set up to help pay medical bills" Dec. 8, 2009

External LinksEdit

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