East London trio Long Teeth released their debut EP Canned Laughter via Drastic Decline Records on 20th of April, and If you’re a fan of acidic and witty “junk-food pop songs”, then this is a record you need to sink your gnashers in to.
Sam (vocals, guitar), Jade (vocals, bass), and Alessandro (drums) began playing music together in a tiny rehearsal room in Manor House, hitting each other in the eye with their instruments as they battled for space. They dipped their toes in the murky water of “the scene” with two singles, ‘Little Machine’ and ‘Famous Girls’ – both were self-released and sold almost exclusively at their intense and hectic live shows.
Long Teeth are now ready to share another four tracks on their Canned Laughter EP, all of which were recorded with Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl) at Hermitage Road Studios in North London. Opener ‘Pangea’ is driven by the question: “Do you ever think about how the world first looked without pictures or computers or people or books?” It’s an innocent, idealistic “daydream” about being alone, and escaping the laws and pressures of modern society. Eponymously named second track ‘Canned Laughter’ further extrapolates on the idea of this “pipe dream”, and it’s strung out guitar riffs and moody vocals make for a jaded but jubilant listen.
Third tack ‘Nice Guys’ slows things down briefly with its satirical attack on the stereotype of “nice guys”. Witty lyrics about “arseholes” and “weasels” lead in to the anthemic chorus which recites “There’s nothing nice about nice guys” in mantra-like fashion. Closing the EP is the cynical, snappy ‘URA Winner!’ which plays out for just shy of three minutes, but with as much tension and energy as the tracks that precede it.
If you’re keen to get your hands on a copy of Canned Laughter and to see Long Teeth perform live, you should head down to the Gigslutz Live night at The Finsbury Pub on May 12th! Follow Long Teeth on Facebook for more updates.
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