Interview: Broken Teeth [June 2016]

By Mike Scott

Last month, Manchester’s hardcore mainstays Broken Teeth released their Nuclear Blast Records debut, ‘At Peace Amongst Chaos’. We caught up with vocalist, Dale Graham, who told us about how life is shaping up on their new label.

The new album ‘At Peace With Chaos’ is out now on Nuclear Blast. Talk us through how you came about working with those guys and your thoughts on how things are coming along for you.

They approached us really. We’ve worked with Marc from M.A.D Booking for years now and they must have heard of us from him, and then it’s all just happened really. So far, it’s great. We’re having a lot of fun with touring and playing to new people and big shows – it’s sick to do something a little different.

Broken Teeth have been about the best part of a decade. Can you run through a brief history of releases and tell us how much the new album develops on your previous EPs? Are you treating your relationship with Nuclear Blast differently to how you think you might have done if you’d have been in this position a few years back?

We started off barely being able to play and anyone who’s known us for the last decade will tell you that we’ve worked hard at our music and instruments so we can be good – and I think that shows in our records over time – they’ve just gotten better and better I think! I don’t think our style has changed though, just gets harder with sicker beatdowns and riffs.

As for Nuclear Blast, we are fully along for the ride and taking full advantage of everything they can give us. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so we just want to make the most of it, I don’t think it’d be any different had they come along earlier.

A tour supporting Testament beckons. Presumably you are somewhat excited? How do metal bands like Testament influence your sound? Is it a new challenge playing to different crowds like theirs?

We’re so excited, it’s going to be pretty unreal. Any bands that have insane riffs, we draw inspiration from them. And Testament have some great guitar work on their records so to see that everything night – can’t wait!

It’s definitely a new challenge, especially to a Testament crowd. Last thing we want is a situation like BMTH had when they supported Machine Head. That being said, we can’t wait to hopefully get our music out to some new people – hopefully get some dads in the pit. We love dads.

What does the rest of the year hold in store for Broken Teeth?

We head to LA, to play Sound and Fury Fest that has returned in 2016. In our younger years that was a well known fest with all the sick hardcore bands at the time playing.

So it’s awesome to be a part of this years with all the best young and upcoming bands. Then we do Testament, a bunch of festivals and then a headline tour in October across Europe.

Finally, can you give our readers your own recommendations on UK bands to check out?

Higher Power, Blind Authority, Fury, King Nine.

‘At Peace Amongst Chaos’ available now via Nuclear Blast, and you can catch Broken Teeth around the UK at the dates below.

19 OXFORD O2 Academy (w/ Testament)
20 WORCESTER The Marrs Bar (w/ Testament)
21 LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly (w/ Testament)
22 SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms (w/ Testament)
23 LONDON Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Testament)
26 SHEFFIELD Deathfest @ Corporation (Great Britain)

23 MANCHESTER Star & Garter

03 BRISTOL The Fleece (w/ Sick Of It All)
14 BIRMINGHAM Rainbow Warehouse (w/ Sick Of It All)
19 LEEDS The Brudenell Social Club

21 CARDIFF Throwfest 2016
27 GLASGOW Audio

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