Teeth: NEF doom-punks say goodbye (for now)

Tuesday 20th, June 2017 / 10:00
By Kevin Klemp

Serving up a raucous farewell with raw, emotional doom

CALGARY – All songs are retelling of past events.  Both lyrically and compositionally they are a window into a earlier period of the artists life, illuminating past experiences and emotions. But music is always a phenomenon of the present. From the first chord struck to the decay of effect pedal through ubiquitous speakers placed strategically throughout a room, music drags its performers and audience from the past and into the present, leaving them hopeful for a future.  In this sense, the temporality of music makes it impossible to pin down. It exists for merely a moment while at the same time never really ending.

In February 2015, the first Not Enough Fest (NEF) took place at McKernan Hall in Edmonton. The festival showcased all new women, queer, and/or trans musicians, creating space within a male-dominated realm for individuals to create and perform their music for the first time in a safe and supportive environment.  It was at this festival where TEETH, an Edmonton based doom-punk noise band with sludge-metal influences, formed and played their first show. Now, a shade over two years later, they’ll be playing their final show.

After their inception, TEETH, who are self-described as one of NEF’s weirdest bands, continued to perform and hone their sound, eventually releasing a self titled EP recorded at CJSR in February of 2016. However, lead singer, Caitlin Dick has made the decision to leave Edmonton and TEETH chose to play one more hometown show before their final set at Sled Island.  The members of TEETH decided that with the departure of Dick, they should end the career of the band rather than continue without an original member.

TEETH’s decision to make this appearance their last is rooted in the idea that within music, the past, present, and future coalesce into a visceral experience.

“TEETH formed at a very specific time and place and was nourished by vulnerability, growth and deep friendship. It would be impossible to replace a member; instead we look forward,” explains guitarist Kendra Cowley.

NEF re-emerged in 2016, introducing more new acts as well as some returning participants from the year prior. It was this segment of the festival that the experimental sludge rock band Truster came together, playing their first show and going on to record a self titled EP released in February of this year.  However with Truster’s drummer, Tanisha Arthur, living in Montreal, the band has slowed their progress. The show at St. Faith’s being the only foreseeable Edmonton show in 2017.

Along with the groups created at NEF, the Edmonton show also features Anamai, an experimental folk duo from Toronto and local noise-ladened post-punk duo Rhythm of Cruelty.  Originally, the concert was to feature the San Francisco ethereal doom rock band King Woman, but due to a medical emergency, they were unfortunately forced to cancel their appearance at both St. Faith’s and Sled Island.

The Edmonton show is at St. Faith’s Anglican Church on June 20th.  It will be all ages, $10 in advance and $13 at the door, with music starting  8pm sharp. TEETH and Truster are also playing Sled Island Thursday, June 22nd at the Good Life Community Bicycle Shop. That show begins at 8pm as well!

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