Unlike a lot of rock getting big-upped these days, Police Teeth are neither unaware of their music’s roots nor are they on some sort of nostalgia kick. Simply stated, they’re pushing forward, loud and crackling. Now if there were just a lazy shorthand for their subgenre." - Buddyhead "In its arrogance and in the scope of its sound, “Awesomer Than The Devil” is a record which for once threatens to actually live up to the hyperbole its name suggests." - Subba-Cultcha "There should be a name for the genre of bands that play this type of punchy post-hardcore punk rock whatever, and this Seattle band’s third album should be considered one of the better examples of said genre." - Noise For Zeros "Police Teeth continues to write, record, and perform some of the best indie rock around, despite the lack of financial gain, notoriety, or justice. Few are in its league.
Hell, few are playing the same game." - East Bay Express "This is post-working class punk right on the verge of smashing the shit out of the cubicle and heading down to the way too full welfare office... Police Teeth are careful creators of aggressive, fun music." - threeimaginarygirls.com "Real Size Monster Series embodies the best of indie rock, post-punk, and modern rock in one package." - East Bay Express "Real Size Monster Series gets straight to the point and proceeds to drive it into your skull for a good and highly satisfying forty minutes." - Built On A Weak Spot "Police Teeth is more like perspiry basement party where the amps rattle the mildew off the ceiling, some form of squirmy rock ’n’ roll dancing takes place, and melodies rise out of the din to stick in your head like cigarette smoke clinging to your hair." - SF Weekly "Almost annoyingly infectious songs ripe with fist-pumping choruses... deserves to be recognized as one thing and one thing only: righteous." - Seattle Sound Since forming out of the remnants of various Bellingham, WA Punk and indie rock bands in late 2006, Seattle’s Police Teeth have done their utmost to bring the rock back to indie rock. In that short time, they’ve released two full-length records (2007’s Jazz Records For Sale and 2009’s Real Size Monster Series) and have broken down stages at countless dive bars, coffee shops, youth centers, and stale basements up and down the I-5 corridor with bands like Fucked Up, Pierced Arrows, So Many Dynamos, Akimbo, and Bottomless Pit.
They are now set to release their third full-length, "Awesomer Than The Devil" on Latest Flame Records, and are ready to spend the next few months eating your pizza, drinking your beer, and organizing your records. Police Teeth, good grief. "Awesomer Than The Devil" (due out April 26 on vinyl and limited run cd) What exactly is the mark of real rock n’ roll? The music? The attitude? The tempo? The trousers? No. It’s the ability of a band to induce listeners to completely lose themselves in the music, to turn it UP as far as it will go and fuck the neighbors, fuck your parents, fuck everything, while at the same time enjoying a good laugh at everyone’s expense. This is something that Seattle-based Police Teeth have honed to a fine art since their formation in 2006, and which is at the heart of "Awesomer Than The Devil", their debut album for Latest Flame Records. Police Teeth’s previous albums, 2007’s "Jazz Records For Sale" and 2009’s "Real Size Monster Series" (both issued on the Blood City label) were modern classics in their own right, containing, as they did, insanely great songs like “Motherfuckers Move Slow” and “Northern California”, but with Awesomer Than The Devil James Burns (v, gtr), Rich Boyer (d), Adam Grunke (gtr), and Chris Rasmussen (v, bs) have taken years of playing, touring, and experiences - good and bad - and distilled them into a record which is already being hailed as among 2011’s best. From the barely controlled, overdriven chaos of the opening “Send More Cops”, to the brooding, measured “Public Defender”, to the damn-near-pop of “Dude Handler’s Permit” (as well as a nine-minue plus cover of Factory Records obscurity “Watching The Hydroplanes”, originally recorded by Blackpool band Tunnel Vision) Police Teeth manage to cover mass amounts of ground without sacrificing their distinctive voice.
Noisy? Mm-hmm. Guitars? Oh yeah. But that’s just the beginning. This is an album that not only sounds like no one else, but is also layered enough to reveal new elements with each listen.
This is music for people who actually LIKE music, not those for whom music is a social tool. However great the record is, though, the live Police Teeth experience is a real treat. Having played hundreds of shows up and down the West coast with kindred spirits such as Mount Vicious and Victory and Associates, as well as infrequent journeys to locales as far east as Chicago, Police Teeth plan to follow the release of "Awesomer Than The Devi"l in April with Midwest and West Coast tours in summer, and intend to cover the rest of the country soon after. Come down, hang out, buy them drinks. They’ll appreciate it, and so will you.
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