DEVILS TEETH Interview
PD. What type of artist are you?
DT. We’re a loud garage rock ‘n’ roll band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DT. Jon, Chuck and Eric actually met and became friends through various video production. Early in 2016, Jon brought some song ideas to Eric and Eric recommended asking Chuck to play drums. From there Devils Teeth came together pretty quick. We found Caleb through a weekly Fish Fry review that he writes for a local online publication. He’s been playing sax with us since the beginning of 2018.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DT. Quite a few: Man Or Astro-Man?, The Sonics, The Mummies, Dick Dale and The Descendents have inspired quite a lot of Suki Yaki Hot!. We are also into rare soul, brass bands and soundtracks, especially the Italian stuff. There’s quite a bit of inspiration drawn from spaghetti westerns. Thematically, we’re all over the map and get inspired by martial arts films, Bruce Lee movies, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Dario Argento and Larry McCarren.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
DT. We’re pretty ambitious with our song-writing and hope to have a few more albums recorded in the near future. It has been fun trying to work on them with themes in mind because it seems to keep things fluid and creatively active. We would also love to get on a show with The Mummies and perhaps play some cool events like Ponderosa Stomp.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DT. We all end up collaborating on the final composition but a major part of the process has to be credited to Jon. He comes up with the “hits”, brings all these cool riffs or arrangements to rehearsal and we just go from there.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
DT. We all have some sort of production or design background so all our flyers, t-shirts and even videos are all created by the band.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
DT. It’s totally cool by us. In particular, Bandcamp has been a great resource for us to find out about a lot of like-minded musicians across the world. It’s exciting that such a wide variety of music is so easily accessible nowadays. It helps quite a bit when we’re trying to come up with different stylistic approaches or recording techniques.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
DT. It’s safe to say we appreciate the smaller, DIY labels and networks. There’s some niche labels doing great work and they really care about the bands they represent. We were excited to partner up with the guys behind Triple Eye Industries because they’re all musicians and good dudes. They have a good perspective and definitely understood what we were looking for.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DT. I wouldn’t say we wished we took someone’s creative idea away, but lately we have been enjoying jamming on the song Can’t Stay Away – Part 1 by Tarheel Slim and Little Ann. Jon and Eric heard it on a great tape compilation from Mississippi Records. The whole tape has been an inspiration, but this song in particular really stuck with us.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
DT. Getting locked outside your house.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
DT. Putting out Suki Yaki Hot! It’s something we all collaborated, recorded and produced ourselves. It was an exciting album to make because we had a creative freedom to experiment with sounds. Plus, nothing can beat working on a fun project with your friends.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DT. We’ll be joining Dick Dale once more on August 9th at Shank Hall in Milwaukee. We also have our album release show coming up on August 25th as a part of this year’s Triple Eye Industries Fest 3. It’s 3 days of bands supported by the label that are coming in from all over the world to play Milwaukee. The King Of Surf Guitar and celebrating with us on our release show should be incentive enough, but we’ll be playing some awesome sets; we’ve been adding in quite a few new songs.
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