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Technicolor Teeth

Technicolor Teeth is Matt Stranger, Zacc Baehman and Amos Pitsch,
From Appleton, Wisconsin

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LISTEN - technicolorteeth.bandcamp.com
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Reviews for Teenage Pagans:

"If there was a Mercury award or Grammy for “Most Weird Noises Made on an Album” the prize would instantly go to Wisconsin trio, Technicolor Teeth. Their debut full length LP, Teenage Pagans, is a relentless medley of distorted guitars and twisted vocals. The sound is reminiscent of recent bands like Yuck but also harks back to early Pixies. The lead single from the album Chrystalline opens with some really screwed up vocals and followed by some even more screwed up guitars. The mentality of their songwriting process seems to be to just make loads of weird noises and distort the lead guitar to within an inch of an acceptable tune to disguise the quite good song that lies beneath it. This track also has one of the few times on the album where the lyrics are remotely legible and it claims to have followed Alice ‘through the looking glass’. Probably a drugs reference if their album cover is anything to go by. They themselves describe their genre as ‘séance pop’ and there are songs on the album that do have a morbid, otherworldly feel such as nine minute epic, At Home in a Coma, their most ambient track on the album that devolves into a chorus of screaming guitars and a refrain of “I don’t want to remember”. Aunt Deborah’s Story is probably the most pleasant song on the album with an inclusion of an actual acoustic guitar and a dark bluesy sliding riff, however the vocals unfortunately fade into the background on what could have been a potentially great melancholic, ambling song. Penultimate track Snowblind is one of the strongest potential singles to come from the album Opening with a great, bouncy chord progression and funky bassline the song progresses into a hazy pop number with a lot of charm and its very catchy. Album closer Milk and Melatonin has to be the best named track (who doesn’t love a good bit of alliteration?) and An impressive debut from the band. Considering that it’s their first album to have found such a distinctive sound and have it running so cohesively throughout the album is a feat in itself. Perhaps a little too experimental at times but if you go beyond the extremity and the bizarrity of some of the noises that are made you can hear some really great ‘séance pop’ and it will be interesting to see how the band develops. -Sound and Motion Mag

"Not long ago, the official party line was this: the local music scene is dead and it’s the internet what dunnit. A couple of years back, The Guardian proclaimed that the web had obliterated the idea of a certain town or city fostering a specific sound. Nowadays, the argument went, the sound itself is used to link artists across the globe – with chillwave cited as an example. More recently, New York music mag The Fader investigated Memphis’ fractured rap scene and concluded that “where a city like Memphis was once able to bully its way into the spotlight by offering a unique product, today the industry simply distils the most potent fragments and spreads them around.” Once such a theory is established, of course, there’s movement to resist it. So The Guardian’s just cottoned onto the Chicago drill scene and the NME’s in a lather about indie bands from Birmingham. There’s a new party line: the internet drives – rather than disperses – a local scene through increased exposure. Anyway, here’s another: the blistering garage rock of Appleton, Wisconsin. Appleton, a small city in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley, fosters a bunch of garage and punk bands like Tenement and Wartorn (a lot of them sharing punk houses such as the BFG). The man behind Tenement, Amos Pitsch, plays drums for Technicolor Teeth – but the latter band belongs to frontman Matt Stranger. Truly expansive and more than a touch psychedelic, Technicolor Teeth’s take on the Appleton sound is relatively ‘pop’. A nasty squeal of fretwork heralds the opening of Teenage Pagans, before the bog-standard grunge power chords of ‘Magick Sunlamp’ morph into a shoegazey mulch of misheard lyrics and reverb. It’s as good an intro as any. Most arresting, though, is the breakdown halfway through: the music is interrupted by a sound that could be heavy machinery or a dentist’s drill on teeth. Normal service is soon resumed, but the interlude introduces the strong vein of psychedelia running through Teenage Pagans. On ‘Any Kind of High’ – with its low guitar drone, cracked and submerged vocals and lumbering percussion – Technicolor Teeth sound like the band everyone else seems to hear in London psych-rockers Toy. ‘Kiss Lighter’ is equally heady, providing the greatest rush of the album when a massive hacksaw riff tears into the watery bassline of the verse. Things get mellower on acoustic ditty ‘Aunt Deborah’s Story’, but the eccentricities remain intact: in the background, someone types on a keyboard, a wind chime clatters and birds chirrup. Technicolor Teeth’s debut LP is pretty rough around the edges – and better for it. There’s a sense of immediacy that makes Teenage Pagans feel like the opposite of a pose, which is good going for a ‘90s-grunge-influenced guitar band in 2012. And at times it’s so expansive you won’t believe they’re only a three-piece. Broadsheet writers aren’t creaming themselves over Appleton garage rock just yet, but with bands like Technicolor Teeth waving the flag, it shouldn’t be long. -Jordan Bassett" -planetnotion.com

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DISCOGRAPHY

TECHNICOLOR TEETH, "TEENAGE PAGANS" LP, Houseplant Records, 2013

--CD, Stroll On Records, 2013

--CASSETTE, Let's Pretend Records, 2012

SAGE EP, Cowabunga Records, 2013

SELECTED WORKS / FRIENDS Cassette, Self-released, 2012

ORDER

TECHNICOLOR TEETH "TEENAGE PAGANS"
Released April 19, 2013 (PLANT-10)
Recorded by Technicolor Teeth at the BFG House.
Mastered by Dan at Mammoth.

SONG LIST
1. Magick Sunlamp
2. Chrystaline
3. White Mother
4. Burning Bath
5. Station Wagon
6. Is It Warm Enough For You?
7. At Home in a Coma
8. Aunt Deborah's Story
9. Snow Blind
10. Milk and Melatonin

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