©Photography by Eric Roberts
The Bauhaus Band
By Steffen Armstrong
Sometimes a band comes along and reminds you of something you've already heard. Sometimes it's something altogether new. But both? Surely not! Animal Teeth are one of those bands, creating soulful and purposeful Pop Rock with an experimental twist. What we're calling the Bauhaus band, take it away...
Animal Teeth formed as way to escape the desperation that each of us were encountering in our personal lives. Adam was out on parole, Ian was finalising his third divorce, and Stefan had just declared bankruptcy and closed his barbershop for good. We met by chance, sitting beside each other at the local cinema. Fast friends, by the end of the film we were drunk. Telling old stories, showing off our favourite records and generally causing a ruckus, we knew we couldn't give up this chance to escape our tumultuous existence, and so we started the band *now take all of this with a pinch of salt*!
The new record
Happy To See You is our first album and the first booklet of music that we have released on the cassette format. We like the cassette format because it is possibly the thickest packaging, allowing it to stand up on it’s own. As far standing out goes, Happy To See You doesn’t make any bold moves.
Pussycat vs Ghost
I guess that in general, Pussycats are known to be quite fearful which might lead us to assume that the ghost would win the fight. However, referring to our song titled Pussycat which is a first person narrative about a Pussycat who asserts its own autonomy quite rigidly by declaring “I am not your little Pussycat, it’s not like that”, making it quite distinct from a ghost which is generally possessive i.e. one’s ghost. Therefore, the ghost has no propriety over itself, and subsequently has little to fight for, whereas the Pussycat is determined to fight as it fiercely seeks to prove its own autonomy. In that circumstance, the Pussycat would almost definitely win.
To the record and opening track Pussycat. What a track! It's got everything, starting with a driving bass Pixies like introduction, twisting and transforming into a guitar players heaven, before mellowing with the introduction of the most fitting vocals. We rarely encounter a band who we can quite so comfortably say have their own sound. And it continues throughout the record. Dirty Room is another quite remarkable track, taking the 'sad rock' up to the next level allowing for a most haunted exposé. The best and most apt "Bauhaus" comes more than half way in with Twenty Two, an experimental stop start track which even Pavement would be proud to call their own.