19 Feb 2016
Since I left you interviews Teeth of the Sea
Teeth of the Sea’s Sam Barton is the type of guy who would just as gladly talk about music he’s been listening to as much as his own. For someone part of an industrial noise band that writes collectively, this isn’t surprising. Each member brings his or her own taste to the table but gladly balances off of the others. Barton, who runs a jazz shop in London, plays the trumpet and contributes his experimental jazz leanings, while drummer Mat Colegate and programmer Mike Bourne share their Prurient admiration.
It all came together on Highly Deadly Black Tarantula, the band’s latest and best album, released last November on Rocket Recordings. Teeth of the Sea fit nicely on the label, home to Gnod, Hey Colossus, and (sometimes) Shit and Shine. More importantly, they fit within the realm of great experimental musicians who define themselves not by their sound but by their accessible approach, ones open to change both internal and external.
I spoke with Barton over Skype late last year about Highly Deadly Black Tarantula. Half of our conversation consisted of talking about the music we liked in 2015 and Barton sharing funny stories from Teeth of the Sea’s 10-year existence. The other half was about the band’s live set up, creative approach, and influences. Read the transcript below, edited for length and clarity.
Since I Left You: What’s your live set up exactly like?
Sam Barton: We keep accruing and more and more stuff without streamlining it down. There’s four of us. I play the trumpet and the bass. A lot of looping stuff with the brass. I’ve got these two huge pedal boards–one for the bass, one for the trumpet. Jimmy [Martin] plays guitar and the Juno synthesizer and does stuff with cassettes. We recently discovered that we’ve got more
Read the rest here: Since I left You
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