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Jennifer Tefft & The Strange cause a playful ruckus with ‘Going Out’

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Friday, May 10, Jennifer Tefft & The Strange are playing live at The Hanger on the Hudson in Troy,Known for a lively and engaging stage show, the Boston alternative rock band is riding high off recent singles “Caffeine” and “Going Out,” and release new album Strange Beginnings via Rock Garden Records in May. 

Jennifer Tefft & The Strange are going out tonight. Yeah, you’ve been warned. 

The Massachusetts alternative rock band releases new single “Going Out” on Friday, April 12 via Rock Garden Records. “Going Out” is the follow-up to February’s “Caffeine” and last fall’s “Love and War,” and this raucous, boozy, barroom brawl of a tune is the third and final single before Jennifer Tefft & The Strange unleash new album Strange Beginnings on May 17, with the release party set for June 14 at Fireseed Arts Studios in Framingham. 

While the adrenalized “Caffeine” was all about the end of the night – a closing song in The Strange’s lively setlist lovingly demanding to see everyone again at the next show – the rowdy and boisterous “Going Out” is all about the expectations and excitement at the start of one, as Tefft puts out a call to friends and family to hit the town and make the most of a carefree night out. As the lyrics playfully suggest, she’s put on that miniskirt (yeah, that one), busted out those killer shoes, and just might make the boys at the bar cry into their drinks as her favorite song blasts through the speakers across the room. 

And as a mother, Tefft’s “Going Out” is particularly dedicated to all the other moms out there – the ones who may not be able to party like the old days, but know how to throw down when responsibilities and obligations drift away… if only for a few fun hours out on the town.   

“This song is about, and goes out to, all my fellow moms!” Tefft says. “Especially those that have small kiddos at home and who are staying at home with them. Pulling from my own experience as a stay-at-home mother, as well as a musician who gets to observe people from the stage, there is no group of people who are more likely to go all in on their night out – and even go off the rails – than a group of moms finally getting out for the evening with their friends!” 

“Going Out” was produced, recorded, and mixed by GRAMMY award-winning producer Bob St. John (Duran Duran, Collective Soul, Extreme) for PDQ Studios outside Miami, where Tefft spent five days finishing up Strange Beginnings late last year, with additional recording at Knyff Compound Studios. And like “Caffeine,” the song’s loud, invitational nature should further elevate the rising profile of Tefft, the acclaimed musician who has been nominated in both the Boston Music Awards and New England Music Awards while her compositions have been heard across international televisions on Cruel Summer, CSI, Stargate Universe, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless, and elsewhere. 

Maybe a film like Bad Moms is next, as “Going Out” sure wouldn’t sound out-of-place as Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn cause a new kind of ruckus as guitarist John Parrillo’s mighty riff soundtracks the unfolding chaos playing out on the screen. Pour the riff on tap with Tefft’s lyrical wordplay and the driving rhythm section of bassist Stephen “Sharky” Beccia and drummer Chris Georgenes, and this sonic cocktail finds The Strange partying like tomorrow’s already been postponed. 

“That riff is all John Parrillo,” Tefft admits with a laugh. “The riff I had for the song was much less exciting and cool. I told John that I had a vision for a Struts-like vibe for the song and without even blinking, he just pulled that one out of his brain and boom – that was it!” 


From the ambitious lyrics to the infectious chorus to Parrillo’s high voltage riffage, “Going Out” was the obvious choice for Jennifer Tefft & The Strange’s new single. Its barnstorming nature and alt-rock explosiveness further help shape the forthcoming Strange Beginnings record, which was cited by WBUR, Boston’s NPR, as one of the city’s most anticipated releases this spring. 

“We collectively agreed on this as the next single because it is raucous, fun, upbeat and energetic,” Tefft says. “Following the positive energy of our single ‘Caffeine,’ we wanted to continue the fun. I often take myself too seriously as a songwriter – digging deep and resonating in minor keys. I really wanted to challenge myself to write something upbeat, in a major key with lyrics that matched the vibe of the music.”

That vibe should resonate with the listener, who are feeding on the band’s vitality and turning out to the Jennifer Tefft & The Strange live shows. And with “Going Out,” they have an instant anthem to put on while getting dressed, fixing their hair, and reassuring their partner or sitter that nah, they won’t be out too late this time. Maybe, maybe not.  

“I want the listener to feel our energy, our excitement, and our love for this project,” Tefft concludes. “I want them to come out and see us live and experience it all with us – and I want them to wear their killer shoes while they do.”

Yeah, you’ve been warned. 


May 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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