Teeth Of The Sea took themselves to Glasgow’s Broadcast to promote their new album, Wraith, supported by the local Glasgow-based Nothing>Universe. With their performance at the Science Museum in London fast-approaching for the ‘Apollo Moon Shot’ screening on June 21st, as well as the arrival of the new album there is much anticipation and excitement in the venue pre-set, and after their performance, well it all made sense and fell into place.
Who can say when, or how, the Wraiths began to make their presence felt. Yet when Teeth Of The Sea entered their base of operations The Facility to begin work in Autumn 2017 on their fifth album, the follow-up to 2015’s Highly Deadly Black Tarantula, it seemed that the disturbances were impossible to keep from the recordings. Certainly with the tracks from this new LP, there is an influential love of ‘80s horror and sci-fi movies, industrial ballast, and 2000AD terror that they’re unable to stop seeping into their music. Based in London and moving down to Soup Studios, located in the liminal zone of East India Dock on the Thames, these spectres contributed to influence a collection of tracks that soon from the likes of things throw themselves to the audience and the crowd, as they lose all inhibitions with the music from the band. With clear Morricone influences as well as other electronic bands such as Liars and Errors, there is a variety of genres and interesting sounds floating in the midst of ToTS’s tracks. Psychedelic, cinematic, and yet, synth-heavy with trumpet thrown in for just a teaspoonful of jazz, the lads from London, Sam, Mike and Jimmy have the crowd in the palm of their hands.
The support, Nothing>Universe showed potential with much affiliation in style to the likes of Mogwai or Beak>, creating a wall of distorted noise that soon changed when the vocals kicked in. The guys from Glasgow were fantastic as an instrumental band, but as soon as the singer took stage, the sound altered entirely and not to what I felt was the better. However, there was certainly something interesting going on and I will keep an eye on where they move from here.
Perhaps the support elevated the quality of the headliners, but something tells me that ain’t so, as the rowdy crowd get excitable and vocal as the trio in black made their way to the stage. With an energy and dynamism that diffuses into the crowd, the boys in black made sure this was no quiet laid back event. Bouncing until the very end, there was no doubt about Teeth of the Sea rockin’ Glasgow. Perhaps a live scoring of a film is maybe best suited for London and not quite Glasgow’s thing.