BrokenTooth, metalcore from Hertfordshire, UK.
How would you describe your music?
This is a difficult one – and something we’ve discussed within the band. We’ve tended to describe the music generally as ‘melodic metalcore’, but I wouldn’t say that it’s generic metalcore. We try to think of our music in terms of how makes people feel – we have some aspects of metal, melodic, punk, groove and thrash all thrown in to our songs, with clean and dirty vocals, so we’d like to think that there’s a little something for most in there.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
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 band began, 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.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
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 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.
What inspires you?
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.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We haven’t actually been out on tour as a band yet as we only publicly released the band towards the end of 2019 with shows being booked for 2020.
We played a few, but of course due to the pandemic, that’s put a hold on live shows. We can’t wait to get back to them, but it has meant that we’ve had more time to sit down and write individually and then come together with a lot of ideas and begin to refine them. So I would say we tend to write and finalise our music in the studio. We also do all of our own production and recording, so we can really get the sound we are 100% looking for as a band.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I think our favourites to play live were Bertrayer 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 playing all of our songs live, but the new music coming out is going to be great to play – there’s some real energy in there.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I think we’d each have a slightly differing view on this due to our own favourite bands, but a big tour across somewhere like America would be amazing. As for bands, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day to Remember, Beartooth, Polaris are a few bands that it’d be a dream to play with, but there’s so many more!
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a fascinating thing the music industry – it’s always changing and progressing. With streaming services allowing people to access whatever music they want at the touch of a button, it’s certainly a different dynamic to when we were growing up waiting for a certain song to come on Kerrang or Scuzz, or going in to a music shop to pick up an album!
There’s positives and negatives to everything, including the evolution of the music industry, and there’s certainly a lot you can focus time and energy on, rightly or wrongly.
We’ll just continue to let our main focus be on the music we make and bringing that music to people in the form of an intense, energetic live show.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
As we alluded to earlier, we haven’t unfortunately been able to tour together yet, but it is on the cards.
As for individual tour experiences with previous bands, Charlie was hit in the nose when supporting Tides of Virtue and had a mad nosebleed, and when he went to clean up in the bathroom, found that the whole bathroom was already covered in blood from some dude that had his tunnels ripped out in the pit and other injuries, which was pretty surreal.
Jed also had a weekender where his previous band were booked for a gig and when they got there they were playing in a small, posh bar that was more suited to poetry readings and acoustic gigs than metal – it even had a bath tub on the stage! He ended up getting so drunk from the embarrassment, that he ended up spending half the time in the aforementioned bathtub on the stage!
What are your future plans?
We released our debut EP Mortuss Est Salus at the beginning of 2020, along with our first music video Burnt Ground, which we were hoping to gig on the back of for the first part of the year, but due to COVID-19, we were limited as to the number of shows we were able to play.
The good news about that is that it gave us more time to write and record new songs, and our single and video for R.O.T was released on 12th July, with another video released 16th August for our re-booted version of Words of the Blind.
There’s also much more to come over the next few months. COVID-19 gave us some real time to write and reflect on our music and the direction we want to head. We’ve written a number of songs and begun the recording and production on these – we’re really stoked with how they are sounding and the direction of travel. R.O.T was the first to be released, and you can certainly expect a few more singles and videos before the year is out.
We love the music we write and we love playing live and our real aim is to keep progressing with our music and getting out and playing to as wide of an audience as possible, with as many sick bands as we can. We are all looking forward to continuing to release more music, venturing out to a variety of different places, meet new people and fans and hopefully, once things are back to normal, get on to a number of gigs and festivals and who knows from there?