Tuesday, 11 November 2014
We're Only Here For The Banter - Sharptooth
Sharptooth are one of those bands that creep up on you fully formed and ready for you to gush about. Comprising of sisters Nico and Kate Miller, along with Jess Gunn and Lauren Campbell, the Glasgow four-piece brood and sulk (in a musical sense of course) with an assured confidence in their own ability and a healthy respect for their post-punk / alt-rock influences.
Hello! How the devil are you?
We are still recovering from Halloween, we played a gig in The Flying Duck and dressed up as the Addams family, lots of fun was had!
It's the question everyone hates, but could illuminate our readers with a little bit about your music and your influences?
We've often been described as dark and haunting which is probably true, we've tried to write happy songs but it never seems to work. Our biggest influences are PJ Harvey, Hole and The Breeders. We like women with guitars.
What's your song-writing / creative process like?
Either Nico or Jess (both guitar/vocals) will come up with a demo, they live in separate flats in the same building so will usually work on songs together first and then we'll all get together and Lauren (bass) and Kate (drums) will add their bits themselves. We finish each others songs, they rarely end up the same as the way they started it's very much a group effort. And luckily most of the time we're on the same page with where we want a song to go so that helps!
What could we expect to see from a live show?
It can vary but generally you'll see some girls drinking cava, having fun and making some noise.
Tell us about your latest single Sister.
Sister is a song that Nico wrote originally about her sister who happens to be our drummer Kate. Once we all started working on it together it became about all our experiences with our sisters. Musically it's (of course) quite dark and hypnotic, it kind of has a rap in it as well so there's really something for everyone! We recorded it with Chris McCory at Shady Lane Studios. We loved recording with him as he completely understood the sound we were going for and we had a great time working with him. So much so that we're doing some more recording with him next week!
What else have you got planned for the rest of 2014?
For the rest of 2014 we'll be doing some recording, we have an exciting support slot coming up first with The Coathangers in Broadcast which we are especially excited about as we are big fans of theirs. We also have another release planned that will hopefully happen in the next couple of months, we're really looking forward to that as well.
What are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment we are listening to Scout Niblett, Brian Eno, The War On Drugs, Speedy Ortiz and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?
Two cows are standing in a field, how can you tell which one is on holiday?
It's the one with the wee calf.
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