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Husband and wife duo Teen Cobra didn’t waste any time while stuck at home. Many artists, big and small, have chosen to delay album releases indefinitely amid a pandemic that’s massively disrupting the music industry. Veronica Magan and Neil Enet went against the trend, releasing their debut EP Social Piranha last month. They first formed the lo-fi punk rock partnership in 2017, and have been releasing singles since then, but the new release is exciting. It’s also bracingly short—the collection of six songs plays out in just over six minutes, giving the duo a mysterious feeling. But there’s no reason for listeners to worry. In fact, while promoting the EP, the duo reassured fans that nothing is sacrificed in making their “short and sweet” songs. Each features a full chorus and delightful melodies. “Stranger Danger” is the perfect start to the EP, diving in with an upbeat feeling and anthem-ready vocals. Enet takes the lead, and also plays guitar. Magan’s backing vocals are sweet and angsty, and her drumming is skillful. There’s no time to settle, because in just 73 seconds, it’s time for “Girl of Mine.” Social Piranha makes for quite an interesting listening experience, but it’s fitting for the out-of-the-box couple. Magan and Enet describe their sound as “marinated in juicy hell sauce.” If you’re not sure what “juicy hell sauce” sounds like, just give Social Piranha a listen. The EP is available on Spotify, YouTube Music and through Hidden Volume Records. Free–$10. —Sarah Smith