“American Teenager” By Ethel Cain

"American Teenager" by Ethel Cain is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
"American Teenager" by Ethel Cain is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day

Ethel Cain releases new single, “American Teenager,” the final single from Preacher’s Daughter, out May 12th. The new track follows singles “Gibson Girl” and “Strangers,” and serves as the starting point for the story of the girl from Shady Grove. Cain also announces the Freezer Bride Tour, with live dates starting in July on the East Coast. “American Teenager” speaks to the dangers of patriotism, while reminiscing on the red, white, and blue temptation of a dream that will never come true.

“Growing up I was surrounded by visions of Nascar, rock’n’roll, and being the one who would change everything,” Cain shares. “They make you think it’s all achievable and that if nothing else, you should at least die trying. What they don’t tell you is that you need your neighbor more than your country needs you. I wrote this song as an expression of my frustration with all the things the ‘American Teenager’ is supposed to be but never had any real chance of becoming.”

Preacher’s Daughter is the age old tale of an American family who refuses to learn from history and is therefore doomed to repeat it. In this visceral and unflinching drama, mother forsakes daughter and daughter forsakes mother in a battle with no real villain and no real winner. Following the prodigal daughter who will never return home, Preacher’s Daughter captures Cain’s pilgrimage across a broken all-American backdrop as she grapples with each female archetype forced upon her, along with the realization that violence truly only begets violence.

Cain collaborated on Preacher’s Daughter with a number of talented multi-instrumentalists including Matthew Tomasi & Colyer, with Ethel serving as producer and writer across every facet of the creation process for each record.

Ethel Cain
Preacher’s Daughter (Daughters of Cain)
Track List

1. Family Tree (Intro)
2. American Teenager
3. A House in Nebraska
4. Western Nights
5. Family Tree
6. Hard Times
7. Thoroughfare
8. Gibson Girl
9. Ptolemaea
10. August Underground
11. Televangelism
12. Sun Bleached Flies
13. Strangers

Ethel Cain 2022 Tour Dates

07/14/22 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
07/15/22 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
07/18/22 – Detroit, MI – El Club
07/19/22 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe
07/20/22 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz PDB
07/22/22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
07/23/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
07/24/22 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
07/27/22 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
07/28/22 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
07/30/22 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
07/31/22 – Tallahassee, FL – 926 Bar

Album Release Shows

5/18 – Los Angeles, Masonic Lodge* (sold out)
5/25 – New York, Market Hotel (sold out)