Monday, January 25, 2016

Teething Interview

Answers by Luis (vocals)

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

At the moment, we are writing our first full-length LP. We’ve always been a band that concentrates on EP’s and splits but perhaps it’s time to step shit up. Should be a whopping 11 minutes long!

2.Recently you have released a split with Feastem, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound has always been fast music for slow people. Anyone who is pissed, slightly retarded and can blast will most likely be able to write our songs. This isn’t rocket science.

I wish I could write something like Aerosmith’s Dream On but I’ll stick to grind until that day comes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

A deep disgust, hate, and animosity towards my stupid first world problems.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Teething'?

Nothing. Butthole Surfers was taken.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I love playing in unusual places like living rooms, kitchens, skate parks, warehouses, and so on. That element of surprise always gets me pumped. Obviously, playing to packed places with people diving off shit is always the best. The bigger the place and the taller the stage the more uncomfortable I feel. This kind of music doesn’t feel right in that setting.

As for our stage performance, that’s for the audience to say, I suppose.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We have quite a few weekend warrior gigs all over Spain and Portugal. We’ll also be playing the spanish leg of dates with Magrudergrind and Primitive Man on their european tour. We have another european tour in the works but I don’t want to confirm anything yet. DIY booking can fall apart in a second.

7.Recently you were a part of a split with 'Feastem', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We saw those guys play in our hometown while touring with Kill The Client. Later on, they came out to some of our shows in Finland while on tour. Eventually, we made love in and around the beautiful Tampere snow. The rest is history. We finally got to play together in Obscene Extreme Festival last summer too. This was bound to happen. Unquestionably a great band.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the many different record labels you have worked with over the years?

We have worked with multiple small independent labels from different parts of europe. In most cases, everything has gone smoothly because these people are grind geeks like us. We understand each other and have the same goals: release a charming product, both musically and visually, at a reasonable price.

9.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore and grind?

Not sure people are too familiar with us outside of europe but over here we’ve been getting good feedback. We’ve been able to tour europe several times which is a good sign. Grindcore is law dude.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I really hope we record an album this summer but for some reason we keep  delaying it. If we get our shit together, that’s the plan.

Next album is going to be a mix of early Sugar Ray with non-MTV Sublime.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I always say we are hardcore dudes playing grindcore. I think that sums if up pretty well. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys but real bands like Shitstorm or The Rival Mob really speak to me as a vocalist. There’s a lot of sincerity there.

As of late, my nocturnal record player has been spinning a lot Scorn, Dinosaur Jr and Jesus and The Mary Chain. Can you believe I just discovered some of these records? It’s comforting knowing there’s a world of music waiting to give me goosebumps.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love my dog Bingo. He’s half boxer, half pitbull or hound, not sure. That and everything horror. My horror dvd/vhs collection is amazeballs, I am beyond awesome.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

People that don’t enjoy the more extreme side of music like hardcore and punk are missing out. It’s great that you like pop, rap, or whatever. I do too. But the adrenaline rush and genuine people you meet in this scene cannot be found anywhere else but here. Mark my words, peace out homie.

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