Loose Tooth are a three-piece who have been kicking around for a couple of years now. Lately they’ve been making waves with the release of a couple killer videos, a brand new EP and the announcement of their signing to hip and happening local label Milk! Records. They’ll be celebrating the release of their debut EP ‘Saturn Returns’ with a celestial launch party on the 22nd of April at the Gasometer Hotel with special guests Big Smoke, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Wet Lips.
Firstly, congratulations on releasing your debut EP! How does it feel to finally have it out there?
Thanks so much! It felt like so long ago that we started recording ‘Saturn Returns’, and to get such positive feedback about the record from people as well as to have it released through Milk! Records, is such a dream for us.
It must be really exciting having just signed to Milk! Records! What other epic escapades have you got planned for 2016?
We’ve always been massive Milk Records fans, and feel so honoured that we get to join their roster of amazing bands! I think we are continuously surprised by all the incredible opportunities Loose Tooth gives us, so we are taking it one month at a time! So far 2016 see’s us release ‘Saturn Returns’, do as many shows as we can fit in, write songs and start the process to record our album.
Looking back over the last few months, Loose Tooth have been real busy doing some touring interstate and garnering some impressive support slots. What have some of your best memories been from being on the road?
Our favourite touring moments so far would have to be the 3x shows we did in Tasmania with Fear Like Us and The Smith Street Band. Lots of laughs were had; lots of new friends made and the shows were awesome! You can’t ask for more.
Who’s been some of your favourite acts to share the stage with so far in general?
We’ve got to play with so many amazing bands; last year we did two secret shows with Courtney Barnett which was really special for us; not only as label buddies but as big fans of Court! We got to support Jen Cloher last year as well which was amazing. Other bands we have been lucky enough to play with are The Pink Tiles, Gold Class, Jess Ribeiro, East Brunswick All Girls’ Choir, Ouch My Face, Big Smoke, Rolling Black Outs Coastal Fever… the list goes on and on!
When you’re not playing music together, what other things are you doing?
We like to hang out together even when we aren’t playing music! Going out for breakfast is one of our favourite things to do, as well as hang out with our mates and watch other awesome bands play!
What do you set out to achieve with your live performances and how do you feel when you’re performing on stage with a live audience?
We want everyone to feel like they are hanging out with their mates when they come to a Loose Tooth show. We have so much fun playing, and we want everyone in that room to have fun as well. There should be no such thing as an ego when it comes to bands- it should be all about having the best time. It’s a very special thing to get the opportunity to play to people and have them enjoy your songs, so we never take that for granted. We feel our best when we play live! It’s so much fun!
How do you guys come up with your material? From an audience perspective, Loose Tooth sounds quite collaborative. Care to take us through a typical song writing process?
The great thing about Loose Tooth is that we all write songs and all feel comfortable enough to bring those songs to rehearsal and have each member contribute to a final product. The general process is that someone will come up with an idea or write part of a song, bring that to the group, and we all get the opportunity to create a final product that has input from each of us. It means that all the songs we perform we have had a hand in creating.
What kinds of things do you all like writing songs about? What comes easiest to you?
It can be anything- love, heartbreak, friends, enemies or someone else’s heartache… whatever we feel inspired by! History has shown that heart ache usually brings on the best songs… which we tend to agree with.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Maybe something you can share and pass on to other young bands trying to crack the music industry?
Don’t ever try too hard to ‘make it’. When you are enjoying playing music and love what you’re doing, people will naturally want to be around that. Even though it sounds cliché- always have fun! That’s what we do, and as soon as we aren’t having fun anymore that’s when we know we will need to move onto something else.
Where can fans find out more about you and your upcoming shows?
Our Facebook page can help you out with all that.