Just when you thought there were plenty of experimental indie-rock bands based out of Toronto, there’s Hands & Teeth. And they’re worth listening to.
As the name “experimental” would imply, they don’t have a uniform sound from start to finish. That’s ultimately what makes them such a refreshing band to listen to.
The band generally gravitates towards longer songs, in the four-and-a-half to five minute range, which allows them to pull off a lot more experimenting. While I’m normally not a fan of drawn-out songs, I was interested enough to continue listening and not take a break.
The first song, however, is a shorter burst of energy which I loved. It’s called “Race to the End” and is really fun and upbeat. It also has a really memorable lyric, which says “I know it’s killing me and my family tree/But I’m so careless.”
The next four songs on the EP get longer and more experimental. The following song “Rainbows and Unicorns” actually starts with some rather sinister-sounding chords before the song warms up a little bit.
What I really have to mention is the song “Until the Night.” I could listen to this song on repeat for hours. It starts out with the sound of a film projector and then has some really fantastic vocal harmonies. The instruments are all warm and sunny and beautiful. Cannot get enough of this one.
Top Tracks: “Race to the End”; “Until the Night”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)
Check out two videos from their Southern Souls session below: