The creed of Cut Teeth is a simple one: to be loud and be loud together. Dan Yingling, Kyle Johns, Matt Jordan, Dustin Currier began doing so while writing together in Chicago early 2011 when the combination of inheriting a practice space and taking a break from their other musical pursuits (The Red Knife Lottery, Monday’s Hero, The Felix Culpa, Stay Ahead of the Weather) created a perfect storm of sorts. Televandalism was the result of this time. No releases come to mind from this scene today that are more loud and unashamedly riff-heavy than this groundbreaking debut EP. It is undoubtedly the most mature effort yet in their musical careers and has been enthusiastically received as such. As far as they’re concerned, the future won’t look too different.
“Bands just don’t make music like this anymore.”
-Mind Equals Blown
“For fans of angular riffs and texture, Cut Teeth sound like they belong in the back catalogs of the best of Jade Tree and Hydra Head.”
Recent Tumblr MentionsSo rad. Sun, Dec 16, 2012kevinduquette: Some prints I cooked up for Braid?s upcoming... Thu, Dec 13, 2012
Some prints I cooked up for Braid?s upcoming Frame & Canvas midwest dates with Into It. Over It., Diamond Youth & Cut Teeth. The band will have them on sale at each show. Getchyer tickets!
- 12/14 ? Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
- 12/15 ? Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
- 12/16 ? Chicago, IL @ Metro
Got to catch one of my favorite bands this evening. It was a night full of friends and amazing music. Feels good to be back in the city. Everyone should check out these rockin? dudes.
More photos from the night ?? > [HI-RES PHOTOS]
Remember when @cutteethband wrote the best fucking EP of the summer?
Ben Sears? design for the new Cut Teeth shirts came out so great (Taken with Instagram)
Get ?em here (shirt?s in the mail soon, Ben!).
Cut Teeth @ The Turtle Den
Cut Teeth - Televandalism
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Televandalism is officially unleashed today! Vinyl pre-orders are shipping out this week, and you can scope it out on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/televandalism/id535983282
Sorry for the late pass on this ? we were trapped in Warped Tour land (where the internet and cell reception apparently go to die). So yeah! Cut Teeth records are in! They?re shipping! You?ll have them soon! The art looks great! They sound great!
Cut Teeth are releasing their Televandalism EP via Topshelf Records on July 24th. To promote the release, Dustin Currie from the band was kind enough to write-up a Track-By-Track for PropertyOfZack. Check out the feature below!
Who is Thomas Driscoll?
The title is sort of a play on Ayn Rand?s Atlas Shrugged, with its ?Who is John Galt?? refrain, and playing further on that it kind of has to do with my take on that book and her philosophy (which I realize I got something completely different out of than what the reader is probably supposed to). This song is basically about how as people we?re able to forge our own paths and create our own successes (and/or failures) on our own terms, and how the way we speak and present ourselves has a huge effect on that. Kyle wrote that choppy, sort of mathy bridge part on bass, which was extremely fun for the rest of us to try to learn. Definitely one of those musical ?ahh? moments when it finally clicked for all of us. It?s also probably the most exhausting song I?ve ever played.
Lyrically, this one?s pretty straight-forward. It?s essentially just an anti-war song. When I was a kid, my brother joined the Marine Corps. I always felt really conflicted, especially when he got shipped off to Afghanistan and Iraq, so I was always in full support of him and wanting him to come home safely and in one piece - but at the same time I was fully opposed to the entire concept of him being there. I just found myself asking ?what for?? a lot. Musically, this song has by far my favorite riff Dan has written, and I think was a really big turning point for us figuring out how to write songs together.
This was definitely the weirdest song to put together, for all of us, I think. We all just kept saying how none of us has ever really written a song like this before, a song that sounds this fucked up and eerie, but that we loved it. Naturally, I wanted to channel my inner Fox Mulder to turn it into a ghost story, based on an experience I had with an apartment a couple years ago.
Stone of Yap
I knew I?d wanted to use the line ?you?ve gotta spend money to make money? for a chorus-type part for a song for a while, and this just seemed like a very opportune place to use it and build a song around the concept of currency - how it?s not a real, tangible thing at all, but it?s one of those few things that essentially exists because we collectively believe it to exist. This one was actually kind of a challenge to keep as short as we ended up keeping it, but I think it was for the best for this kind of song.