- by Tom Dumarey
Sometimes things just have a way of working out. So when Arliss Nancy's Cory Call traded in Colorado for Germany and ran into Jason S. Thompson from Chicago's The Sky We Scrape in Munich, it seemed like a logical move to start a new band together. With Bastian Wegner (Matze Rossi and Bad Drugs) and Max Philipp (Captain Asshole) rounding out the line-up, it didn't take long for Little Teeth to hit the ground running. We caught up with Cory and Jason to get schooled on some of the albums that influenced them as songwriters.
'Redefining Home,' the band's debut album, will be out this Friday via Gunner Records and Say-10 Records.
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
Cory: Rocks anthems about partys and loss and growth and discovery. Packed with dorky literary references and an almost spoken word delivery. They’ve done a lot since. But this album is perfect. Speaks to the teenage punk in me, and the again nerd.
Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape
Jason: Foo Fighters seem to get a lot of flack in certain circles, but for my money - they're one of the best rock bands around. This album really made a massive imprint on me as a young kid from the Chicago suburbs. If they ever do one of those "I Love The 90's" shows again and they're looking for a dirtbag with a passion for bands like Foo Fighters, Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, Everclear... sign me up. Move over, Andy Dick.
Banner Pilot - Collapser
Cory: This is poetry set to pop punk. Lyrically I don’t think there is a better band. He’s a goddamn poet. Songs are catch and amazing. But the lyrics. Constantly blown away.
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
Jason: Top to bottom one of the most solid indie/emo albums of all time. Bonkers songs and vocal layering and hooks that helped form how I view the importance of backing vocal arrangement. I listen to this record more that just about any other album on a regular basis.
American Steel - Destroy Their Future
Cory: What’s there to say about the best punk album ever written. Pop sensibilities.Catchy melodies. Insanely important political messages. This is my most played album ever. And these dorks are so cool they don’t even know how important it is. Nothing but respect.
Small Brown Bike - The River Bed
Jason: SBB is a band that succeeded in building complex and heavy anthematic songs that were incredibly satisfying to sing straight back in their faces. The guitar work in this album shows how you have have a really heavy song and still have "pretty" elements layered in to brighten it up and really let the individual parts shine while not overtaking the other instrumentation.
Against Me! - White Crosses
Cory: I’ve seen this band in the beginning, playing to five people and they played with the same energy then as they play with now. All albums are amazing. But this is rock and roll with a message and a purpose. Taught me what can be done with a song. From the politics of ‘High Pressure Low’ to the sentiment of ‘Because of the Shame’. It’s flawless.
Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance
Jason: This album came out when I worked at a record store in Batavia, IL called Kiss The Sky (they're still there and it's an amazing shop) and I'm pretty sure I annoyed my co-workers with how ofter I played this record in the store. Yet another band who has an almost perfect catalog, but this album was and is a big influence on how I try to write and layer lead guitars in a way that aren't overpowering, but rather one part of the whole. Finding that balance is really important and this album shows how it's done in a way that makes me want to throw my guitar in a river.
Centro-Matic - Love You Just The Same
Cory: This band has pushed the envelope for me on what can be accomplished in just a few minutes. The vocals alone paint both desperation and hope. Lyrically it’s a mix of technology used as metaphors of love. And musically it’s my favorite band ever. Been my favorite band since the late 90’s and twenty years later I can’t say anything has changed.
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Jason: I've had "Blister" stuck in my head for 20 years straight.