WXPN 88.5 Welcomes

The Teeth

Toby Leaman

Friday, March 08
Doors: 7:30pm | Show: 8pm


After abruptly breaking up 15 years ago The Teeth have reunited for a trio of sold out shows at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, and now, have added a very special all ages show at the First Unitarian Church! Twin brothers Peter MoDavis (Bass) and Aaron MoDavis (guitar) will reassemble with Jonas Oesterle (drums) and Brian Ashby (guitar) on their favorite stages in the City of Brotherly Love.

Taking on the ambition and vocal styles of Queen, Bowie, and the Beatles with an indie rock heart, the brothers and Ashby had been playing together since their early teens. After a few drummers, they acquired Oesterle. Following a few self releases including Carry the Wood and the Christmas City EP, The Teeth released You’re My Lover Now (April 2007) through Park the Van Records to critical acclaim. John Pareles of the New York Times wrote “You’re My Lover Now is a population explosion. Songs fling shards of narrative about dozens of characters: lovers, friends, schoolkids, parents, depressives, liars, strivers, even party goers tootling kazoos”. Christina Black of Time Out New York said, “Insecurity and existential crisis are the dominant themes on You’re My Lover Now. The album’s psychological tales are presented in a disjointed, stream-of-consciousness manner, infused with anxious-sounding arrangements.” The Teeth also received much critical acclaim for their live shows. Daytrotter wrote, “[The Teeth] comprise the wiliest, most inventive and shakingest live rock and roll band that this green earth has ever had the privilege of claiming.” After the band broke up in 2008 their music was resurrected and introduced to a whole new audience of people with the song “Ball of the Dead Rat” gaining over 4.2 million plays to date on Spotify. Their inboxes were inundated with messages asking, “will the teeth ever play again?”. One year ago the answer would certainly have been “no”. But for all of those that hoped it would finally happen, The Teeth are getting back together to pull out all the stops. They will be playing “the hits” as well as “deep cuts” for new friends and old!


Dr. Dog co-frontman, dd Toby Leaman bludgeons his way into a musical masterpiece on this solo debut . Speedy pump up jams that pair perfectly with our modern life or past lives. Wildly diverse, vibrant, and dynamic, these songs share the same charm and top notch musicianship that have become a Dr. Dog hallmark.

Dog fans might enjoy the posi-dub vibes of “Don’t Worry” or be familiar with the Armageddon love song trope expertly rendered in”7th Seal”. But you don’t have to be a Dr. Dog fan to dig this record. There is truly something for everyone. If you’re into ripping guitar solos and coda rants, “Spooked by the Kooks” should do the trick. If crazed story songs with killer choruses are more your speed, then we suggest “The Runaway”. If you want to bop and boogie your way through modern terrors try “Military Applications”. If you can’t get enough existential synth apathy and optimism, “Rider” will get you through the night.

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