Thursday, 18 June 2009


The band are seated in an unlit room eating cheez-its while Jacob Cooper from The Mae Shi works on laptop producing the new Teeth!!! 7’ for Moshi Moshi singles club.

You guys have been working on a lot of stuff recently haven’t you?

Veronica: We’ve done a split with Fair Ohs, it hasn’t been released yet. We’ve also done a split with Finally punk, Pens, the Vivian girls, best fwends, everyone and their mum basically, on eat your hands records, all the songs are 30 seconds long and it will be released for free. Now working on the singles club 7 for Moshi Moshi.

Will you be releasing anything yourselves?

Ximon: we’ve got this idea to do this daft punk cut up ep of four songs, where basically we’re gonna take the songs and fuck it up. We also did some stuff on stop scratching but it took forever, so we kinda hate them now.
Simon: What?
Veronica: No, they have our cassettes but we never gave them a track listing so a bunch of our tapes are just sitting around.
Simon: we just need to email them.
Veronica: we have a lot of better things in line. We record a lot of ep’s in our rehearsal space that you can download for free. The jam stuff we give away free is stuff we play once, but its still good and we won’t play it again.
Ximon: unless we develop it into a live thing eventually. I like having songs we play once then that’s it, set in stone.

What is it you like about that throw away music thing?

Veronica: I think it’s that you can just publish it. It’s like blogging.
Ximon: It’s kind of like the idea of capturing something. A song can change each time its played. The vibe changes and stuff. So its nice to capture a vibe and that’s it.
Veronica: That way we can be fresh
Ximon: They’re all like vibes, our songs.
Veronica: Happy accidents.

How does living in Dalston affect your music?

Veronica: well we practice in a squat, for free. Dalston is nice because you can find that sort of thing.
Ximon: Totally, and also the bands connected with the area have been really supportive.
Simon: I don’t think it affects the music directly but it affects the situation and therefore the context. It provides us with a space to do it. Our equipments crappy but…
Veronica: No one judges us. Ha!
Ximon: It does affect us because if we had loads of money we would get a better laptop.
Simon: the music wouldn’t be the same.

Where do you draw your inspiration and ideas from?

Veronica: Ximon showed me this alchemy thing this morning, on windows 95 the visualisations on windows media player.
Ximon: yeah if you look at it on windows 95 computers there’s a switch called alchemy, it looks really good, like now. I want to take it and change it.
Veronica: Its not retro, its just beautiful. We look at it and then we bond.
Ximon: At first we kind of wrote political songs. On sexuality and the war and stuff. We kind of just write songs, I guess a lot of our music is about technology or something. Technology, the future….and Dalston and Ridley road market.
Simon: …and Slipknot.

What was the most fun gig you ever played?

Simon: The Hobgoblin in Brighton. We had a string of bad shows. We had a really crap show at the Macbeth in Shoreditch for some magazine the day before. But the next day we got to the hobgoblin kind of early, met up with Thee-fair-ohs and cold pumas.
Veronica: That was a sex is disgusting show, those guys are really nice. There were fat old rockers at the Hobgoblin but they really liked us.
Ximon: I showed up a couple of hours before the show, fucked!
Simon: we were trying to figure out how to play without Ximon and his lap top with Eddie from Thee-fair-ohs on guitar.
Veronica: It was a fun show because it wasn’t the same people.
Ximon: People were super into it, dancing on stage and stuff. Freaking out.
Veronica: The stag and dagger show was really professional, it sounded really good. It was at 93 feet east.
Ximon: After 93 feet east it would be really nice to play somewhere with a nice sound system. Because their system was so fucking good. We’re playing boutique and Winter well festivals this year. We’re playing before Metronomy and Norman Jay. Lol! I’m d-jaying with Telepathe next week at The Smell in LA.
Simon: hopefully we’re going to New York in September.
Veronica: That’ll be fun because we haven’t been to the east cost yet.

How was the tour of the states you did?

Veronica:It was like a road trip
Ximon: Those kids at the smell babes! They were awesome. They were waiting outside when we arrived and they were like “are you from Teeth!!!? AWESOME! YEAAAAH! YOU GUYS RULE! What software do you use?
Veronica: and then Simon was like “Dude we use fruity loops.” And they were like “AHHHH AWESOME COOL! Whats fruity loops? I’m too young to know.”
Simon: and then we sold them blank DVD’s They bought our t-shirts and afterwards they were running down the street with it going “WOOOOO!” We made one t-shirt and one DVD, we could have sold so much more.
Ximom: We got interviewed for this online TV rock and roll super show. We were on it with Steve Aoki talking about dildos. The smell was kind of a weird venue because there’s no drugs or alcohol. I was freaking out like “ ah, I need a drink!”
Veronica: They sell coffee right?
Ximon: but I think its good because people actually listen to the music properly.

Is there anything that annoys you about the modern music scene?

Veronica: We don’t play guitars and everyone else does. I feel judged.
Ximon: I was pissed off that we didn’t get invited to play Rad fest. Because everyone played guitars but us.
Veronica: Yes way was fun. Upset the rhythm festival, with everyone playing this day festival. It was fun.
Simon: we played at the perfect time as well. When everyone was just getting into it. There was crowd surfing.
Veronica: people crowd surfing is a good gig.
Simon: Bad journalism annoys me.
Veronica: when they say “oh yeah you guys sound like crystal castles.” We get compared to them a lot.

Who do you want to get compared to?

Ximon: Numbers, Britney Spears babes!
Veronica: Beyonce!
Simon: Guns n Roses!

Tell me a bit about when you were more political?

Veronica: Ximon just has to be socially responsible for everything. Talking about beauty and peace.
Ximon: Before, that was kind of an idea..
Veronica: we also tried to do political disco but that didn’t work out.
Ximon: The other band dissolved, then Veronica took some time out to go to New York, then when she came back we were like lets make something. I was living in East Dulwich so we hung out one time and made a song.
Veronica: we say political because Ximon writes some things he’s thinking about. Then I’ll dilute it.

Dilute it?

Veronica: he’ll be like “fuck the government! Bla bla bla! Bring our soldiers back!” and then I’ll be like oh ‘dead boys’ yeah that’s a pop song.
Ximon: but its about getting dumped as well right?
Veronica: no. its emotional now

It’s about getting dumped and getting the troops back?

Simon: it sounds so shit.
Veronica: It’s a cheesy song.
Ximon: (whispers) it’s political.

What’s in store for the future?

Veronica: He’s gonna make us famous (points to Jacob from The Mae Shi)
Jacob: I’m checking my facebook.
Ximon: I’m trying to set up this PA project, with a couple of other bands who are up for playing. We’re gonna do a two day festival to raise money for a PA and also enrol bands who want to use a big PA.
Veronica: so you can have a sound system in a place that isn’t The Old Blue Last.
Ximon: yeah, so you can use different venues like houses and stuff. It’s for anyone who wants to put a show on but can’t because they havn’t got the money for a PA.

Have you guys ever had trouble with the police?

Ximon: I’ve been arrested a few times for breaking and entering.
Veronica: Trying to squat a place.
Ximon: I was charged, they gave me an £80 fine but I didn’t pay it and then I got really paranoid. Then after a year I phoned the police and was like “hey, I think I’m wanted.” They asked me my name so I told them, then they said there was no record of you owing a fine. The police woman was so nice, I think basically me and her were best friends.

What do you like best about being in Teeth!!!?

Simon: For me its been a chance to meet other bands.
Ximon: but some bands, babes, are fucking rude!

Are you gonna name drop?

Veronica: YES!
Ximon: Do we start dissing other bands? (to Jacob) Is that ok?
Jacob: Yeah. We do that all the time.
Ximon: The XX are soooo annoying. They are the most boring band ever.
Jacob: wait what was the question…are there bands you don’t like?
Veronica: nah, we just decided to talk shit all of a sudden.
Ximon: I couldn’t imagine being in a band that plays really boring slow wannabe goth music. I mean where’s the fun in that? There’s no fun! Imagine going from town to town and doing that!
Veronica: spreading sadness worldwide.
Ximon: It’s bullshit, go and write some fun songs. I mean we don’t have the best equipment, our drum kits fucked and Veronica obviously can’t sing but we have like, the best time.
Simon: not like Hype Williams.
Veronica: Fuck Hype Williams.
Ximon: No don’t start a war because Roy knows shit loads of people! There’s also corey, Veronica’s ex-boyfriend.
Veronica: Ohmygod, Don’t talk about that!
Ximon: and Roy is shagging this weird girl. Basically they’re just really mean, we played this show with them. They took double the money they were meant to get and were threatening this 18 year old kid who put the show on and was obviously really sweet.
Simon: They were like, “give us the money; we’re not leaving until you do.”

Did you guys get paid that night?

Veronica: No, we didn’t, we didn’t get any money. The kid is literally just in college, living on a student loan, has no money.
Ximon: It’s different if you wanna fuck over a big corporate promoter, but don’t pick on someone who actually likes live music and has a fucking heart.
Jacob: Heeeeea-vy
Ximon: They know a bunch of cool people who work for the magazines and they can just call them and say “hey babes come and put my shit band in your magazine so we can get paid £200 a show.” Do loads of shit on stage and not give a fuck and then go and buy some weed….Ok that sounds pretty cool, but in reality its not if you’re fucking over 18 year old kids and other bands.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Dead Snow - Film review

With their black leather jackets and death’s head badges, there’s no denying that the Nazis looked kind of cool, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are a symbol of all that is wrong with humanity and a cinematic villain that audiences love to hate. That may explain why three Nazi killing splatter fests are being released this summer; Iron Sky, Inglorious Basterds and from Norway the ridiculous Nazi zombie flick, Dead snow. Set in the desolate mountain regions of Norway, a snow sports holiday goes horribly wrong for a group of young friends when they encounter an army of undead Nazis from WWII.

This film is a composite of cheesy horror clich├ęs. But the film is conscious of its own predictability and features a character named Erland, a zombie film fanatic who points out the obvious plot technique of opening a film with a group of friends heading to a remote cabin. Even going so far as to name drop the movies that writer and director Tommy Wirkola felt it necessary to plagiarise. The character is later disemboweled shortly after a bizarre toilet sex scene, thus fulfilling the tired conventions of a genre that desperately requires creative innovation to remain relevant.

The only original aspect of this horror film is the inclusion of Nazis, but watching the film one can’t help but wonder at the meaning of it all. Are the Nazis rising from the dead a metaphor for a revival of right wing politics that needs once more to be put to death? Or is it simply that Nazis are the only human villains who it is acceptable to depict being torn asunder by chainsaws and machine guns? Whatever the reasoning behind the ludicrous plot, it has more holes than a bullet ridden zombie corpse. The Nazi resurrection is attributed to the fact that the group of youths find some stolen Nazi gold. Kind of a curse of the Mummie’s tomb deal. Personally, I always find the nuclear radiation or voodoo magic explanations of zombism easier to swallow.

Those who want nothing more than a blood soaked, brain splattered orgy of violence peppered with a few cheap jokes will be thrilled. The cinematography and building of suspense is at times more mature and intense than the infantile plot warrants. The bleak, featureless, snow covered peaks of Norway provide a superbly atmospheric setting for a horror film, and Wirkola knows how to get the best from the landscape. But breathtaking imagery cannot excuse a plot this lazy, or such brief and shallow characterisation. I find myself caring less and less for the fate of the two dimensional Nordic youths as they are killed off one by one until ultimately I just wish I was watching Evil Dead instead.

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Monday, 1 June 2009


You guys seem to have entered the lo-fi thing from the punk side of the musical spectrum, what with your GBH t-shirts, split EPs and Dj-ing at what’s my age again, will you ever get over your punk youth?

JOHN ARTHUR WEBB:i hope not. i know as an individual and we know as a band that we can''t operate in any other way. It has to be about control, creativity and independence. Making things happen because no one else is going to do it for you - when I say no one else, I mean dudes with $$$. There are of course a lot of amazing bands and independent labels that want to help, and be involved - and this all relates to how we try to run our label, PARADISE VENDORS INC.
Male bonding live together and a fairly typical night involves us hashing out how we can afford to make things happen. but it all pays off. Last night we figured out a way of making tees for the Vivian girls tour for free. Calling in favours. That stuff feels pretty good.

Is paradise vendors run out of necessity or for ideological reasons?

I guess ideological reasons. our first 7inch release (with pens) seemed to make perfect sense as both our bands formed at the same time, and we used to all hang around together, so it was a fun thing to do. A good way to document that good fun time. PVI is, and always has been about us putting records out by our friends. Bands we love and want to try and support and be involved with. It’s funny - recently we have been approached by other labels wanting to release our music. one big label who we have total love for said to us that they always assumed that we would release a MB album on our own label, and told us that if they had known that we were interested in working with other labels, then they would of put an offer in last year. It’s funny how people see us as a fiercely independent unit that won't work with any other labels - that's not the case.

Tell us about the GG Allen covers comp, is it coming out on Paradise vendors?

No - that's coming out on our best friend Conan’s (graffiti island) label called Italian beach babes. I’m not sure what format it's going to be. It was initially a tape release, but Conan was talking about doing it as a 7". Either way it's going to be great. All I really know about it at this stage is that we've been too busy/slack to record our cover!

Do you agree with GG when he says rape can make you stronger?

Utterly not, and i'm really reluctant to talk about this in an interview for pix magazine. it's important that i make it clear that i love gg allin's music, but not his views and opinions - some of them i do, but certainly not all of them. He fascinates me as a person - how over the years he went from "don't talk to me" to a song like "shove that warrant". He lived 100% through his music, and you can see that and hear it - literally hear it. His voice changed so much. All those cigarettes and bottles of Jim beam. i think he was an intelligent person, but he'd consumed too much of his own shit - quite literally...

I read on that amusing blog entry about playground magazine and the art rocker interview that you don’t want to associate yourselves with certain publications and do every interview, is there any point in bands doing interviews?

Yeah, I think there is, but it's not the only means of people hearing about your band anymore. The internet is way more powerful and a million times more interesting and rewarding than a copy of artrocker magazine. It breaks down all of the barriers the "music industry" built over the years... for reals.

Please tell me something cool that happened when you were in California…

Well, last time we went we ate vegan donuts made by one of flipper. That was cool. We were all stoked to discover that one of the flipper dudes now makes vegan donuts for this little bakery in Oakland! Thanks vice cooler for sharing the wealth!
As for this time - too much. Plenty of beaches and cutting through the ocean like pale skinny dolphins. in Austin (Texas - not California) we were taxied around by finally punk for an evening - that involved seeing devo, then watching annihilation time, trash talk and the Vivian girls play on a bridge, a.m. tacos and climbing a mountain and watching the sun come up. That was one of the best days of my life.

What’s your definition of an awesome gig?

Currently it's Graffiti Island and teen sheikhs

You play a lot of gigs. Where would you most like to play if you could play anywhere in the world?

We have played there before, but the smell in LA is the best venue I’ve ever been in - so the smell, always the smell.

You’ve done a lot of stuff with graffiti island, but if it came down to it, which band would win in a fight?

ummm... there is collectively a lot of glasses involved so there wouldn't be any face punching allowed - plus Pete is too beautiful to hit in the face. Bear hugs and spitting... the odd body shot. I guess they would probably win.

Can you send me £200 for the interview? That is the standard fee incurred by being featured in a cutting edge publication

Sure thing big balls.

Prom night Kiss

Prom night Kiss are an emo band hailing from the most dangerous and violent city in the world, Caracas, Venezuela. Lets have a chat eh?

How do people react to your live shows?

It actually depends on the stage we're invited to play at... As Rock is not the most popular music style in this zone of the world, the market's been increasing lately and we've received more support and earned more fans. We hope this keeps improving everyday as well as the band will.

have any of you been the victims of violence in Caracas?

Well, actually most of us... It's very common to be attacked by a theft at least once a year in Caracas.. As a group we haven't but individually, unfortunally yes, several times.

what is your opinion on gang violence in caracas?

Gang violence is not such a big problem compared to single-man violence acting... I mean, it's more common to be stealed or attacked by a single guy than by a whole gang... The gangs are more tended to bank robbery and vandalism... At least that's what we've seen out there.

Are there any government initiatives that could help young musicians like yourselves?

Well there are a couple of improvements lately about music promotion by the government, one is a rock festival called "Gillmanfest" organized by a Legendary HeavyMetal frontman from Venezuela called Paul Gillman. But this is more like metal-oriented. Another new chance is a state-tv-channel show called "Rock Crepuscular" in which bands are invited to play live and it's transmission is all around the country. But we really think here's more talent to be exploted, so we need more government support, like creating a national disc label to promote local bands and solo artists... Not only the classic music how it's been happening till now.