Photo: Al Overdrive
Name, where are you from?
Teeth Of The Sea, London
Describe your style in three words?
Sam: Widescreen, Liminal, Zesty.
Mike: I’d Rather Jack .
Jimmy: Right bloody racket.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Mike: It'd have to be Wolf Eyes at The Electrowerkz. After witnessing a particularly synapse destroying set we staggered out into a moonlit Angel and were so inspired we formed Teeth Of The Sea right there in the street. There was much beer induced hugging.
Sam: Leonard Cohen O2 Arena September 2013. A real hero of mine and delighted to get to see him before he died. He didn't disappoint and the whole evening had a phenomenal emotional charge to it
Jimmy: Avail at Southampton Joiners, 1995. Just the most electrifying atmosphere of any night out ever. There’s nothing like a room full of people going absolutely batshit crazy with huge grins on their faces.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Sam: Funkadelic circa 1971-75 and The Birthday Party. Would be a kerrrazy scene.
Jimmy: MC5 in 1969 and Aphex Twin in 1993
Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Sam: I don't know how much these things have influenced our music but I've always had an interest in lots of subcultures - Mod, 70s New York Loft scene, British Avant-Garde Jazz, NWOBHM, No Wave, Goth, US Hardcore, Rave, Grime. Anytime that young people get together, create their own world with its own codes of music, dress, behaviour and ethics is an inspiring and empowering thing.
Jimmy: “Heavy metal, heavy metal, heavy metal. Just like your brain, Den.”
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Jimmy: I think Kenneth Tynan would have been a laugh, or George Melly.
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Mike: Milhoes De Festa in Barcelos, Portugal was pretty special. Gazing from the stage at 1500 (pretty mashed) faces at 3am with the stars twinkling above is quite a sight.
Sam: Kazimier in Liverpool (RIP). Incredible layout, genuinely one-off magical feel to the place.
Jimmy; Newcastle Tyne Theatre was pretty surreal, just because the last time I’d been there I was 10 years old watching a production of Turandot.
Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Sam: Either/or of David Bowie/Miles Davis. Consistent reinvention, never resting on laurels, willingness to upset their own fanbase, muddying the waters between high and low art. "The job is never finished".
Mike: Aphex Twin. Proof that you can get away with doing ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, music-related or otherwise, and have a massive grin on your face whilst doing it.
Jimmy: Tom G. Warrior from Hellhammer/Celtic Frost/Triptykon - just for being uncompromising at every turn and paying no mind to anything or anyone around him. Even when he took a wrong turn he did so spectacularly.
Teeth Of The Sea's latest album 'Wraith' was released on 22nd February (2019). The album seems the maximalist cinematic three-piece outfit continue to ignore the constraints of traditional genres bringing together elements of rock, metal, punk electronics, and contemporary classical into their own unique form. 'Wraith' expands on the direction of their previous LP 'Highly Deadly Black Tarantula' and employs the production wizardry of Erol Alkan on opening track 'I'd Rather Jack'.