by JC Gonzo
The self-proclaimed “weird band from Dalston,” TEETH (occasionally spelled TE3TH and TEETH!!!) have grown to be the hottest new band on the scene at freakish speed. Proudly the “favorite band” of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and sprouting up in every music blog, this eclectic threesome has managed to garner much attention with the strangest of antics. For as quirky and seemingly mysterious as they are, it is surprising how much they make it a point to not be elusive, but rather, be as socially accessible as possible.
Majorly obsessed with The X-Files, perverse internet memes, social networking, and twitpic-ing cellphone screencaptures of their TV, TEETH have formed quite a bizarre online persona. Perhaps this is why this band with no released material (besides a very limited cassette tape) or music videos, have landed nearly 5,000 twitter followers.
Finally, however, we have an official single. The upcoming “See Spaces” 7″ will be released on MOSHI MOSHI Records and a remix EP that will soon follow.
Sarcasm and irony are pretty essential to the band. Just look at their D-I-Y tee-shirts, a take on the Crystal Castles (of whom they are often compared with) black-eyed Madonna tee-shirt.
In their earlier days, their Myspace band page featured none of their own music but rather Alanis Morissette’s “Thank You,” and with Facebook ads that read, “Y’all think we care but we don’t – LOL” and not to mention the notorious hacking of Lady Gaga’s twitter account… as you can see, following TEETH online is half the fun.
But, with the graceful, futuristic, and even melancholic alien-pop of “See Spaces,” we can see that TEETH are more than just a snotty punk attitude.
TEETH just premiered their first music video with the creation of their own official website.
The video, directed by Ollie Evans, is a structural, single-continuous-shot video of vocalist Veronica So rotating while green alien goo pours onto her. She has been green-screened away into blackness, so what we are left with is the trickling slime forming her face. This pixelated, lo-fi gem is the perfect extension of the bands well-crafted image. A good segment of the video shows Veronica’s face completely covered except for an elegant strip of black where her mouth is (where the goo hasn’t fallen), and we can see the corners of her mouth giving the faintest hint of lip syncing. Although, once her mouth is doused, she struggles to continue.
It seems as though this was a one-take deal, catching Veronica trying not to swallow the gunk, with fleeting and unplanned zooms. The video is devoid of the highly edited, stroboscopic rainbow styles that we usually associate with the videos from bands of similar genre. This is a prime example of how TEETH is truly a unique group and should not be heavily compared with their contemporaries like Crystal Castles. Their sharp wit is in a league of its own.
Check out the “See Spaces” b-side:
They recently played Latitude Festival. You can pre-order the 7″ single here.
A last note: Follow this band and keep an eye on them at all times. They move fast, and every day is a new strange adventure.