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Friday, February 27, 2009

Policing My Police Teeth Analogies

Posted by on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Man, I had a hell of a time reviewing Police Teeth's new album, Real Size Monster Series this week (you can read the whole review here). Where I think I may have most failed the local punk rock quartet is in the comparison department, where I perhaps questionably deployed Q and Not U, Braid, and Piebald (fucking Piebald, a band I haven't even listened to in maybe six or seven years, so really I'm just going on shaky memories with that one) in an attempt to get at the Seattle band's sound. Oh, and Bow + Arrow. (Also, not included in the review: "I Made Out With You Before You Were Cool" has a pop punk bridge that's total Sicko.) I don't know, maybe some of those aren't so far off as far as they're deployed in the review, but I turned the piece in with the nagging feeling that the perfect reference points were still just on tip of my tongue. So, I put it to you gentle readers of Line Out: What the fuck are Police Teeth reminding me of?

Whatever it is, I just want to make clear, in case the review didn't already: I am really, really feeling this record. The production sounds a little muddy in the low to mid range, but the songs are great—seriously searing, pissed-off punk rock fuck yous at their finest. I have yet to see Police Teeth live—they're playing tonight but I unfortunately won't be able to make this show either—but they are now in my to-do pile in a major way. I have a feeling these songs sound like 100-proof fire live.


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Dude. I loved old Piebald. And while it's been awhile since I listened to it myself, I don't think you're far off with that comparison. Same with Sicko (though I still listen to them on a daily basis).

That said, I'm stoked for tonight's show. I saw 'em at the High Dive many months ago, the day before they went into the studio to record this album, and they played it note for note that night to prepare. It was awesome.
Posted by Megan Seling on February 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Hey Eric,

First off, thanks for the positive review. Totes appreciated!

As for who we sound like, well here's shortlist I think we'd all admit to copping from:

Wipers, Superhunk, Hot Snakes, Archers of Loaf, Husker Du, Meneguar, AC/DC, Wire, Fugazi. . .

Yeah, that pretty much covers it.
Posted by tallchris on February 27, 2009 at 2:39 PM · Report this
That is an admirable list.
Posted by Eric Grandy on February 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Is there a way we could work a Fifteen or Mr. T Experience reference into this, just for good measure? Cause I totally hear it.
Posted by chris jury on February 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Tallchris is in this band? cool.

Eric, i think you mean the "production" sounds muddy in the low-mids. "Production values" can't sound muddy in the low-mids.
Posted by pedantic copyeditor on February 27, 2009 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Thank you. Fixed.
Posted by Eric Grandy on February 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM · Report this
#4 - I'm getting more of a J Church, early Cringer vibe. The first album maybe had a kind of Crimpshrine edge but with a strong, oaky finish. I think the 'Teeth are kind of like Seattle's answer to Boris the Sprinkler. Or Tilt.
Posted by danmohr on February 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM · Report this
Ha! Definitely a strong, oaky finish.
Posted by Eric Grandy on February 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Bow + Arrow are/were (did they really break up?) a great band, and I don't mind being compared to them in the slightest.
Posted by J. Burns on February 27, 2009 at 5:44 PM · Report this
see them ASAP. police teeth fucking kill it live.
Posted by friendship city on February 27, 2009 at 7:38 PM · Report this
Thanks for posting this. Police Teeth are one of my favorite local bands, and as I read the review yesterday, I couldn't shake the feeling that you hadn't given them a fair chance (mistaking sarcasm for seriousness, comparing them to Piebald, etc etc). To me, the poppier moments sound like early Superchunk and Icky Mettle-era Archers of Loaf at their finest. The "I know, I know, I know" chorus of "Always A Greg McBridesmaid, Never A Greg McBride" is fucking perfect.
Posted by keenan on March 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM · Report this
You know what? I hate J Church, Cringer, and am absolutely uninterested in every band namechecked in the actual review... I love this record, literally listen to it all the time.

I don't know who Meneguar is, but otherwise I think Tallchris has a pretty good handle on what his band actually sounds like.
Posted by Conan Neutron on March 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM · Report this

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