Industrial and darkwave music fans who aren’t already familiar with the Los Angeles based band 3TEETH won’t be in the dark for long. They will inevitably draw comparisons to Front Line Assembly and KMFDM, but forget about all that. What you need to know is that 3 Teeth are freaking heavy electronic music that stands out on its own.
3TEETH crushes under its relentless grinding industrial beats. Yes, relentless is a good word to use to describe 3TEETH. “Band” doesn’t seem to do them much justice either, as the imagery behind the band is just as important as the music itself. It’d be better described as a aural-optical assault. I’m sure if we had the technology that allowed us to smell over the internet, they’d have included that as part of the package as well. Here, just judge for yourself:
3TEETH have already sold out of the limited edition splattered vinyl of their debut self-titled album that includes a special tooth-shaped USB containing remixes of the album tracks (and if anyone who purchased one would like to give up their copy to the Unappreciated Scholars for the greater good, that is a gift we would gladly accept). However, the album is still available on traditional black vinyl and CD from Artoffact Records. The expected release date is June 3, 2014.
The fine gentlemen from 3TEETH were kind enough to answer a few questions that we had regarding the band:
Q: Are there plans to take 3TEETH on the road?
A: Yeah there are definitely plans to take the band on a tour pending we can create enough demand with this album to justify the promoter spend on 4 piece band. (editor’s note – yeah, that’s not cheap) That being said, we really haven’t put much thought it, as we’ve been really focused on just making sure the album is as dialed in as possible.
Q: Is there a significant meaning behind the name 3TEETH?
A: The name is derived from the concept of Odontomancy which is an ancient (practice) centered around oracles reading prophecies in human teeth. The rabbit hole goes much deeper than that but we’ll let everyone connect their own dots.
(editor’s note #2: We do not recommend this practice. It’s ancient, and probably best left that way.)
Q: Who came up with the idea for the limited edition USB Tooth that comes with the limited edition package of the record?
A: Alexis, our frontman came up with that one but, we’re all constantly coming up with new and interesting ideas on how to create a total sensorial experience with this project.
Q: What is your favorite album that you feel doesn’t get proper credit for being great?
A: The Analogue Mage album by H3X3N is really obscure and experimental project that definitely doesn’t get the love it deserves. It’s like black metal processed through the sensibilities of an analogue synthesizer and its totally unique in its sound.
Q: Physical media or digital download?
A: Physical media. It’s not final till it’s on vinyl.
Q: What’s your list of top ten songs that made you want to make music?
A: Here’s 13 from the band, and in no particular order.
Rachmaninoff Prelude in C sharp minor – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-qwJoFQ3qo
Skinny Puppy – The Choke http://youtu.be/10eH61ID784
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous http://youtu.be/3_2GlKk08xQ
Fishbone – Servitude https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59_FivvLXgA
Front 242 – Neurobashing http://youtu.be/reLhq-OFoLI
Samhain – To Walk the Night http://youtu.be/353Ngbz70sY
Faith No More – Epic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvbWod95Hpw&feature=kp
Black Sabbath- Hole in the Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdJO1w-NN8
Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi http://youtu.be/C6Il58Ln4cI
Morbid Angel – God of Emptiness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYdfsZRURF0&feature=kp
At the Gates – Cold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhSECdsvzqo
Thomas Dolby – N.E.O https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhlt6hCHvBI
Satyricon – Black Lava https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSbeOFhG6xE
Look for our full review of the debut release from 3TEETH in the coming weeks. In the meantime, look them up on twitter (@threeteeth), Facebook, and Instagram.