Teeth Of The Sea: Orphaned By The Ocean


A combined gig and album review, this, after a trip to the Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, for the launch of Teeth Of The Sea‘s debut, Orphaned By The Ocean. Since this was a free performance with two great supports, Big Naturals and Alexander Tucker, the upstairs room was absolutely packed out. Big Naturals – just a drummer and a bassist – lurched from post-rock to more obviously hardcore, metal and avant-garde sounds and are highly recommended. As is Alexander Tucker, doing deceptively complicated things with loops of acoustic sounds and vocals, ending up holding your attention even amongst a pack of muttering Shoreditchians. Must get some of his stuff.

But I was there because Varyl had read Julian Cope’s glowing endorsement of Teeth Of The Sea’s debut and was swayed by the Arch Drude’s opinion: “this Viking Mosh is a truly essential purchase and a saga that will last year round, freshening your room with lager light wherever it may be”. Now I’m pretty wet behind the ears when it comes to this kind of stuff – I couldn’t name a single one of the Krautrock/Japrock/drone tracks the DJ was playing between the bands, unlike Varyl – but TOTS were great. Lots of drones and atmospheric, doomy noise, but with added Morricone soundtrack trumpet. ‘Only Fools On Horse’ is an early frontrunner for the BBO Songtitle of the Year award, and possibly a sitcom about Peckham smackheads, but the standouts for me were ‘Latin Inches’, which turns into a very freaked-out dub, ‘Swear Blind The Alsatian’s Melting’, which starts with woozy trumpet and develops into something very heavy indeed, and finally the brilliant ‘Sentimental Journey’, which smoothly shifts from ‘menacing’ through ‘exhilarating’ to ‘terrifying’ over the course of seven minutes. It’s certainly made my journey to work much more ominous than it usually is.

The CD has all this and another three tracks and I’ve played it to death since wednesday. Definitely worth tracking down.

Sentimental Journey‘ – Teeth Of The Sea – Orphaned By The Ocean (Rocket Recordings)

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About jkneale

BothBarsOn's London correspondent.

Posted on January 24, 2009, in Album reviews, Gig reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Oh yes. Oh yes. This is very good indeed.

  2. I can’t help thinking that a cargo ship with that kind of list to starboard would have lost more of it’s containers. I haven’t listened to the album yet, but I’m unnerved by their complete disregard for the laws of physics. Regards to both of you, BTW.

  3. I rest my case, your honour.

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