TEETH - Whatever
If the album's blunt title didn't give it away, the first lyrics will: "Ya'll think we care / But we don't." It's probably a good thing. Lo-fi noise pop TEETH's debut album is a unique beast; equal parts irritating and brilliant, it treats the listener to a classic headfuck and by the end, you still won't be clearer exactly what you make of it.
It's clear from the offset that Whatever is not for everyone; hyperactive video game synths mix with riot-grrl vocals resulting in something that sounds like the bastard offspring of Crystal Castles and Hadouken! and yet, perhaps perversely at times, we can't help but like it. We've already waxed lyrically about recent single 'Flowers' and it's in good company: 'Time Changes' starts off with a naggingly brilliant reverb-heavy bass hook before exploding into a cacophony of synths, bass and vocals, while the retro electro of 'See Spaces' isn't hurt by being the most conventional, in TEETH terms anyhow, on the album. However, some tracks just don't work with 'Dead Boys' and 'Pill Program' the worst offenders as they grate rather than grab; the former feels like a remix rather than an actual track while the latter's mix of repetitive lyrics and overlapped synths results in a bit of a mess. Still, as the thumping instrumental 'Street Jams' ends proceedings, you might not fully comprehend what you've just heard but you'll know it was something unique. That's better than nothing, surely?