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BROKEN TEETH ROM the day it got announced, going on their website and seeing the list of bands your name’s under; it’s just like, for fuck’s sake it’s just crazy!” So says Dale Graham, vocalist of Manchester’s Broken Teeth, about their new home on Nuclear Blast. Formed in Manchester in 2007, Broken Teeth started at a time when the city’s local music scene was over-saturated with fly by night metalcore bands, and had a local hardcore scene that wasn’t much to write home about. Originally Teeth wanted to channel the 90’s vibes of Biohazard’s ‘Urban Discipline’, Merauder’s ‘Master Killer’ and the infamous Merauder demo from 1998 with Leeway’s Eddie Sutton on vocals; since then the band’s sound has continued to evolve with each release, and their major label debut ‘At Peace Amongst Chaos’ is Broken Teeth at their very best, now sounding tighter than ever before and perfectly straddling that fine line between hard 90’s NYHC and crossover. The band have gone through their share of member changes over the best part of the last decade, all while clocking up a string of releases on the now defunct Power Negi and Purgatory Records plus a split release with The Mongoloids on Neutral

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Words Records/6131 Records, but their current lineup now sees Dale and fellow founding members Adam Kelly (drums) and Dave Egan (guitar) joined by Matt Weston (guitar) and Niall Moran (bass). Broken Teeth’s eagerness to play shows early on is what has made them who they are today, often referred to as the hardest working band in the UK hardcore scene, Teeth laid the ground work for themselves by never turning down a gig they were offered; taking them from the opening act on local bills in Manchester to playing up and down the UK on a whole host of different line-ups. In turn, this led to lucrative slots on tours with the likes of Terror, Trapped Under Ice and Backtrack which raised their profile massively and helped put them on the path that has ultimately lead to a debut full length on Nuclear Blast. Not a band to do things by halves, Broken Teeth had Terror drummer Nick Jett fly over to the UK to help them out with their new long-player, but in true hardcore style still kept things DIY. “Nick came out, he recorded it with us, mixed it, mastered it,” Dale continues, “we recorded it in Niall’s washroom/spare room with all the clothes hung up, just a laptop and one microphone. One microphone recorded everything, vocals, guitars, the bass, we went in the studio for a day to do the drums, that was the only time we ever spent in the studio, the rest was just sat in a living room and I was shouting in the hallway [laughs].”

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or Dale though, it’s all about hearing what people think about this record, “When it comes out I’m just gonna sit back, I don’t know what the fuck to do [laughs]. I’ll probably just sit on the internet all day just like, ‘what’s going on? What’s going on?’” he jokes. “I obviously wanna hear some feedback of what people think but I just can’t wait to get it out and start playing some songs and I can’t wait to start playing that record in full. It’s ridiculously hard and I wanna see what we can do with it.” With the short shelf life of a lot of hardcore bands, Broken Teeth fall into a small minority of UK acts that have managed to last the course. If you look back there aren’t many, if at all any, bands who formed around the same time as Teeth that are still going strong. Heck, some bands have even split up, reformed and even split up again in that time. So what’s Dale’s take on all that and where UK hardcore is today? “Yeah when you think about it, it’s a whole different ballgame, different bands completely. Since like 2006/2007 you had the

birth, the rise and the death of Dirty Money; Cold Snap, fucking hell Cold Snap, that band was sick!” He continues, “sounds keep changing in UK hardcore, something else comes along and it comes in swings. I think right now it’s fucking cool because at the moment it’s the most diverse I’ve seen it since I was younger. So many different styles of bands, different sounding bands, and you see it all on the same bill rather than it all sounding the fucking same.” “That keeps you excited and keeps young people excited, so I hope it doesn’t go back into that era where everything sounds the same again or this time it’s all the heavy bands or now it’s all the fucking punk bands. Diversity for me is the key for this thing to rise up and without diversity it’s just a one track thing and it’s boring as fuck.” One thing that’s very clear is Dale’s passion for the UK hardcore scene, and quite rightly so, the UK scene is at the strongest it’s been for a very long time. While Nuclear Blast may well have a strong hardcore/punk portfolio with the likes of Agnostic Front and Madball, UK hardcore isn’t exactly something they’re known for, but Dale is keen for Broken Teeth to use this to their advantage, to open new doors and tread new ground. “It puts our foot in the door where we get to go and expose ourselves to people who don’t have a fucking clue about what we’re doing but we get to show them and show them there’s other places that they can do rather than spending 25 quid to do it.” He explains further, “There’s so many other fucking cool bands that you get to come to these intimate rooms and do some crazy shit and it’s like five pounds or whatever; it’s a community where it’s not just the music that you’re buying into, whereas you go watch all these metal bands and watch a light show and buy the really fucking expensive merchandise and then go home. “I ain’t scared what people say. It’s not as if we’re gonna go and do all these crazy metal tours. I said yeah let’s do some of that, one of them a year; spice it up, go show some fresh music to people that don’t know what it’s about, encourage them to come and get involved. It’s not a bad idea is it? I’m not gonna forget my roots, I still thoroughly love hardcore, I’m still firm here. I’m not gonna start wearing leather pants, high heels and bullet fucking belts [laughs].” ‘at peace amongst chaos’ is out now on nuclear blast

“IF I HAVE THE POWER TO SHOW PEOPLE WHAT HARDCORE IS AND WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU, THEN WHY NOT?” DALE GRAHAM DOWN FOR LIFE

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