The first thing that impressed me with TeethofWolves by TeethofWolves is the cover art. I’m not sure if there is a specific connection between the Native American themes and the music but nonetheless the art is undeniably stimulating to the eyes.
TeethofWolves is the brainchild of Jeremiah Bredvad and Travis Rosen. The duo sound like a full band as most of these songs contain bass, guitar, drums, vocals and sometimes more. Musically, the songs are quite varied and infuse elements of folk, rock and what could considered indie pop.
Their album has been in the work for around five years. Some might consider that too long because the band might lose sight of the initial goals and the songs might be too disparate. I for one noticed that the band not only has well written songs but also has a fairly defined sound. It usually takes most bands at least two to three years before their sound starts to emerge so the fact that the band took their time seems to have worked out for them.
There weren’t any songs that I had to skip over but there were a couple that felt like highlights. One of those tracks was “Calm Cool Collected” which was one of the more low energy and melancholy tracks. The vocal performance is exceptional and I thought it sounded great against the acoustic guitar picking and piano. Lyrically the song is also strong as it flirts with the concepts of memory and association.
Another standout was “Built to Break.” The song contains a couple of infectious hooks and contains another inspired vocal performance. I enjoyed how up front the vocals were on this song. The band rocks out on “A Need for Simplicity” while the closer “Indian Song” starts with filtered guitar and vocals and eventually climaxes into most of the most intense moments on the album.
TeethofWolves has some mishaps but nothing too offending. I would encourage you to take a listen. Recommended.
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