Teeth is also a hopeful example to all you kids out there in the garage making noises.
“Hey, you know we started out as a bunch of friends in a basement - we never thought this would happen. Even the idea of our ideas being pressed into plastic and frozen in time is so dope to us.” says Tayki (aka Simon Leahy).
When the uncomfortable question of genre, style of music comes up (after all, few Americans to this point have heard them) Tayki has an interesting tale.
“OKAY. We'll the funny thing is, is that we get compared to Crystal Castles A LOT. And weirdly enough I was just walking through Dalston (East London) tonight and I bumped in to Ethan and Alice. We spoke briefly about shit - we met them a few times now - and I mentioned that we get compared to them a lot - and of course Ethan said that we should stop copying them, “ says Tayki. “But seriously it’s NOT like that. I like CC. I think it’s the most awesome thing that a band like them is that successful. But honestly we never EVER have used them as a point of reference when writing our music. I know that both bands enjoy and have bonded (Like us) over Erase Errata so perhaps we come from a similar place. CC is comrades, but it’s annoying how music jornos are so free with comparisons, but I feel that if you actually listen to us, you will hear a very different sound and ideas going on.”
Many times it seems that people catch on some aspect of a band’s music, something buried in it, a shared reference with another band and then say; they sound like “so and so.” It isn’t wrong or dishonest. But you have to listen pretty hard to hear Crystal Castles in Teeth. It isn’t completely off the wall either. It may be that the bands share some underlying “vibe” (to get all mystical).
“Errr, that’s super hard. I grew up with Acid House and Nirvana. So of course, Kurt and a bunch of X... but apart from that I super love Billy Holiday, the track strange fruit really changed my life. And of course 'the late and always great John Peel' who is with us always.” he says.
(I didn’t tell him my mom saw Billy Holiday perform the song).
How does a band that wants to put together a ghostly bill with Kurt Cobain and Billy Holiday make their own music? Do they follow a single process or does that process change from song to song?
“Changes we are still defining the process. We want to get to a space where we can really - I believe an artist may call this there 'practice’.” says Tayki.
Asked another stupid question about what three bands he would ban from making music (meant to be tongue in cheek but he took it to heart).
“Argh, it’s hard, I don’t think I would ever ban anyone. I don’t think that it’s productive, but at a push probes Hitler,” says Tayki. “God I sound super Anti-Fa right now, but it’s because of all the shit that is happening in London and the rest of the UK.”
Fuck Fascism. It is perfectly ok to be super Anti-Fa. Get out there and throw a brick.
Teeth are also tricksters, one of their recent tricks was to hack Lady Gaga’s Twitter account—despite having no real animus toward the singer. They did get a reaction though, a good deal of it idiotic.
“Really, all we got was a lot of racist comments and a few death threats... sometimes we think the notion of pop stars calling out fascistic behavior may not always be completely understood by their fans... although no hate to Gaga, we totally appreciate the efforts of anyone who stands up against racist and Nazi ideologies.” he says.
“We have a long UK tour, which is dope - cause the island is sooo small... Also we are playing a few euro shows, including Brussels - that has the cheapest beer in the world (street beer at least 50cent of super can) and USA!!!! That we love dearly - just don’t vote for Rick Perry,” he says.
No, we are not voting for Rick Perry. Apparently people want a pizza mogul now (until they realize who funds him). Next week a clown who juggles chainsaws will be the front runner.
Find out more about the eminently interesting Teeth at t3eth.com.
by Patrick Ogle