7 Feb 2020

Society Interview Teeth of the Sea Before their show this weekend.

They say:

Psychedelic groundbreakers Teeth Of The Sea have performed at CERN next to the Large Hadron Collider and the London Science Museum. Now one of the most influential bands of the last decade will bring their ambitious, genre melding sound to Tunnels tomorrow.

It is the first time Teeth Of The Sea, formed in 2006, have ever played the Granite City. Bassist and synth player Mike Bourne has promised an unforgettable performance. Asked what Aberdeen fans can expect, he said: “Filthy beats, shredding guitar and skronking brass.

“We aim for the show to be an all-encompassing experience – don’t expect any stage banter, just close your eyes and feel the bass right through you. What’s important to us is that the tracks have the same wallop they do on record, they have to sound just as fierce, if not more so. A decent sound system with enough bass is paramount to the performance. Expect it to go off. We’ve played Scotland a few times before and always found the audience to be well into it, so we’re super excited. “This is the furthest north we’ve been though, so we’re bringing extra jumpers.”

London-based Teeth Of The Sea’s incendiary sound seamlessly blends avant-garde experimentalism and freedom with the energy and abandon of rock ‘n’ roll and post punk. Their expansive live sound has led to a host of unique live events including a commission from the Cineglobe film festival to perform to the scientific community at CERN in Geneva in 2014. Teeth Of The Sea performed a live soundtrack to the movie version of George Orwell’s 1984 at the legendary scientific centre – home to the Large Hadron Collider.

Bourne explained: “It’s impossible to describe quite how exciting it is to have a guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider. That was hours after playing an AV show in a large wooden geodesic dome to an audience of particle physicists who you then get royally drunk with while discussing quarks and the Higgs boson."

Very much in demand Teeth Of The Sea were also commissioned to perform the soundtrack at the London Science Museum for the documentary series Apollo’s Moon Shot. 

Bourne said: “We were asked by Chris Bell, events producer at the Science Museum, and there was no way we were going to turn down playing the IMAX theatre in front of loads of lush NASA footage. It was an incredible amount of work. We composed over two hours of new material in about six weeks as well as editing the audio of the documentary especially for the performance."

Teeth of the Sea are a fearless, cinematic gestalt of influences ranging from Delia Derbyshire, Albert Ayler, Throbbing Gristle, Ennio Morricone and Faust. They released their fifth album Wraith on Rocket Recordings to acclaim last year and are currently working on the follow-up. Wraith was recorded at Soup, a studio in a converted boat moored at East India Quay on the Thames.

Bourne said: “We’re working on a follow-up to Wraith right now......

Read the full interview here: Society