Tweens: The Cincinnati pop-punk band has national buzz and its first European tour ahead

Debut CD won a spot on many critics' lists

CINCINNATI—When she graduated Walnut Hills High School in 2011, Bridget Battle hadn't sung in a band, played guitar or written a song. One year and two fateful roommates later, she was fronting Tweens , one of the most talked-about bands in indie rock.

Tweens—singer-guitarist Battle, bassist Peyton Copes and drummer Jerri Queen—signed a record contract and won an invitation to tour with the Breeders simply on the strength of its first demo tape. Its self-titled debut album , released this past spring, didn't disappoint, earning nods in SPIN, Pitchfork and other credible publications as among the best discs in the first half of 2014.

The band never would have come about except for Copes and Queen, who play together in another Cincinnati band, Vacation, inviting Battle after her graduation to become their roommate.

This video features an interview with Battle and Copes, mixed with footage of Tweens performance at the annual Northside Music Festival. Tweens is about to embark on a West Coast swing, followed by its first European tour, featuring stops in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway and The Netherlands. 

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