BrokenTooth Interview 14/09/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who’s your biggest influences
BT: We formed as BrokenTooth in 2019, after Jed (vocals) and Jack (guitar) had decided to work on producing some initial music together. After putting together some initial rough demos, and feeling that these were good, but needed to be tested in a band setting, Mitch (drums), was bought in to the mix.
Both Peter (guitar) and Charlie (bass) were then added to the band in late 2019 to complete the setup. All five members have been in various bands over previous years, but we are all very excited with the sound we have found within BrokenTooth and the bond between us. The majority of the band knew each other well before this had begun, and some had even played in previous bands together, so there was a real click between us and respect for each other right from the first time we all played, and that has just continued to develop as time has gone on.
I think as a band, we draw a huge amount of influence from a variety of genres and situations. Influences can come from anything – whatever we are listening to or experiencing on any given day. I think we all like a variety of artists and musicians that enables us to all bring different styles and elements to the table - we want to create our own sound as opposed to trying to imitate other bands.
There are so many great musicians in general that are out there plying their trade. One of the biggest influences when coming in to this band is all of the other guys – when you’re writing and trying to put ideas down, and seeing and hearing everyone putting their own mark on a track – that’s inspiring and motivational for us all.
In terms of some of our musical influences individually, we’ve certainly been influenced by a lot of bands; Metallica, A Day to Remember, Beartooth, Architects, Bring Me The Horizon are just a few.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
BT: We take inspiration from a wide variety of things to be honest – music itself inspires us, the freedom to be as creative and expressive as possible. I think we each also inspire each other and push each other to continue to raise the bar with each new track. And of course, watching other bands and what they bring – their live performance and their back story. Seeing a band come up from nothing to playing shows all over the world is inspiring.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
BT: I think our favourites to play live were ‘Betrayer’ and ‘Burnt Ground’, and these were also the most requested. But I think with all of our new music coming out over the coming months, there may be a real shift in that. We enjoy all of our songs, but the new music coming out is going to be great to play- there’s some real energy in there.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
BT: I think we’d all love to get out and play gigs and festivals this year, but only when it’s safe to do so obviously. We are all really excited to play live again, as things have been on hold a bit with that aspect. All of the shows we had planned and scheduled from March onwards were cancelled or are due to be rescheduled, but we have recently been in talks with a number of bands and promoters with regards to booking gigs and possibly a bit of a tour as soon as it is safe to do so, so you can expect us to be on the road and playing as soon as we can. We all love playing live and can’t wait to get back out there. We love venturing out to a variety of different places and hopefully, once things are back to normal, we can get on to a number of gigs, tours and festivals and who knows from there. We just love doing this and want to get out and play these songs we’re so proud of to anyone that will listen.
MM: What can we expect from BrokenTooth live?
BT: A lot of energy, power and catchy hooks. We love playing live – it’s what we all really look forward to, and we try to put on a show that people can’t help but move to. We want people to come away from our shows remembering them and having enjoyed every minute as much as we do playing them.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
BT: We haven’t had the chance to tour as a band together yet due to the halt on gigs, but it’s something we are all looking forward to. Living out of a van or bus and travelling overnight to get to the next show isn’t something everyone is a fan of, but as a band we just can’t wait to get back out there and play as many shows as possible.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
BT: I think this would probably differ dependent on who you asked in the band, but we are all fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Polaris and Beartooth, so I think that would be an awesome line-up to be a part of!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own)
BT: Jed: Devil Sold His Soul at Camden Underworld. They were playing with Heights and Heart of a Coward and it was insane from start to finish.
Charlie: Bring Me The Horizon at All Points East 2019 – that was such an incredible gig and BMTH were flawless.
Jack: I’d go with Parkway Drive’s European Tour 2012 – unbelievable experience.
Peter: My Chemical Romance, as it was the first gig I ever went to and there’s something about that you just don’t forget.
Mitch: Download 2006 was incredible, with Metallica’s headline slot deserving of a mention and as Charlie said, Bring Me The Horizon at All Points East Festival in 2019 was another amazing gig
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with BrokenTooth?
BT: Whilst it’s only something small, our first gig felt like a real accomplishment. That relief of finally getting yourself out there after all the hard work of writing and practicing felt great. It was at a local venue that each of us had played before in previous bands, and it felt like a return to music for each of us. The venue was great, the crowd were great and it was for the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, and we progressed through to the next round before it was unfortunately halted by the pandemic.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
BT: Jed: Pantera – Cowboys From Hell and Yelawolf - Ghetto Cowboy. Flawless albums.
Charlie: Slipknot – Iowa and Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
Jack: There’s so many to choose from, but Miss May I – Apologies for the Weak and Parkways Drive – Deep Blue
Peter: My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
Mitch: Rage Against The Machine – Self-titled and Deaf Havana – Fools and Worthless Liars
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
BT: I think it’s always nerve-racking but we’re all in agreement that the adrenaline you get from it makes it like no other feeling – first gigs for each of us were no different. To be up on stage, playing your music and people really feeling it has been what we’ve all wanted since day one. Most of us have been in and out of bands since our very early teens, and every gig still feels the same way when you get out there.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
BT: Jed: Trivium, Machine Head, Pantera, Metallica and loads of others from Metal Hammer
Charlie: Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and loads more that came in Kerrang magazine
Jack: I actually never had posters of my favourite bands on my wall!
Peter: Bring Me The Horizon, My Chemical Romance, Paramore – your typical Kerrang posters of that era!
Mitch: Loads, but mainly Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, Marilyn Manson.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
BT: Jed: Dimebag Darrell – he bought a whole new level to the metal sound and the noises you can create. There were mixes from thrash, to groove and he was just an all-out badass MF.
Charlie: Would have to be James Hetfield for me, but shout outs to Corey Taylor and Chester Bennington
Jack: I think bands like Killswitch Engage, Green Day and Blink 182 really had an impact on the music in our generation, but musicians like David Bowie and Marilyn Manson really helped artists. Through their personas, musicianship and shows, they gave other artists and future artists the confidence to express themselves.
Peter: Ozzy and Black Sabbath did so much for metal. They were a massive influence back in the day and still are to so many people now.
Mitch: I’d have to say Black Sabbath and Metallica as huge influences on metal – the amount of bands that wouldn’t have formed and people that wouldn’t have got into the genre without them is huge, but I think Linkin Park and Slipknot were the ones for my generation that really started getting kids/ teens into metal.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
BT: To hone our sound, get even more great tracks down and be ready to put on a better show than ever when live shows return. We’ll be coming back hard when we can play live, with new material and more energy than ever and trying to spread our reach further by going out on tour as soon as we can.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be?
BT: Jed: That’s a hard one, but probably ‘Cowboys From Hell’ by Pantera, as I’d love the challenge. Anselmo is definitely one of my favourite vocalists ever.
Charlie: ‘Lollipop’ by Lil Wayne
Jack: ‘Closure’ by Asking Alexandria
Peter: ‘Quantum Flux’ by Northlane – the riffs and beatdowns are insane!
Mitch: I’d love to do a cover of something reasonably heavy with a bit of pace – something like ‘Antivist’ by Bring Me The Horizon or ‘Born and Raised’ by Alexisonfire
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
BT: We’re a hard working group who love the music we write and play and want others to enjoy it as well. We live for the thrill of playing to the fans, to anyone that wants to listen. We’re pouring everything we have into our music and we just hope that you guys dig it as much as we do.
MM: Four words to describe BrokenTooth?
BT: Power, Energy, Dedication, Fun. I think that pretty much covers what we want to be.
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
BT: Thanks for having us! All of our music is available on all major streaming platforms (Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify etc.) so check us out and follow us on our social media channels:
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We can’t wait to get back out and play live and we hope to see you at a show in the near future.