Matt Lebens - drum set
Mark Rentfrow - bass guitar (former)
William Frith - bass guitar (current)
Forrest Peaker - treble guitar, voice
Formed in the fall of 2006 in Olympia, WA. Equal elements post-punk and math-rock. Having already toured the West Coast with Sicily'sSuzanne'Silver, the boys now look forward to an August 2010 West Coast tour with Stuttgart's Tiger Shower Caps. A shift in membership has lead to a shift in sound. Dig the new minimalist leanings!
Says Andrew Fetter of Ghettoblaster Magazine...
Wisdom Teeth - S/T
Score: 4 out of 5
This 15 minute EP from Olympia, WA's Wisdom Teeth feels even shorter than it is. You just start to get into it and all of a sudden it's done. It's moved on. Get over it. All five songs have high energy from start to finish, which is good, but at times, the music feels a bit scattered, like they're not really playing together. The production is very raw, but it's definitely more of a positive. Most of these songs would actually sound worse with a more polished sound. The highlight of this EP has to be frontman Forrest Peaker's voice. The vocals aren't really sung or screamed, but more so wrenched out. It would be very interesting to hear what they would do with an entire album.
Jonathan Harnish of Built On A Weak Spot still enjoys Wisdom Teef.
Says Jonathan of the S/T LP:
It seems like I am long overdue in getting something up here about the Olympia, WA trio Wisdom Teef (or occasionally “Teeth”). Seeing as how I’ve enjoyed their past couple EP’s, Blue and last years White. It only makes sense to acknowledge that fact by letting people out there know that they have a new LP out…or at least it’s new to me but I am pretty sure this came out sometime late last year. Ignore that though and give this a listen if you will. Wisdom Teef initially caught my attention back in ’07 with the aforementioned debut EP Blue. A bit different then from where they are presently as a band, and that includes a personnel change on bass, back in their beginnings there was a snottier attitude to go along with a fuller booming post-punk sound. Between the years of Blue and their follow up White the band scaled it down some and the “less is more” sort of idea that they’ve taken on with these recent recordings has really worked well for them I think. Seemingly working in layers, but not in the typical sense. Wisdom Teef appear to be three different parts that all move at different speeds when listening to the LP. Member Forrest Peaker lets his vocals casually trail along behind the wild tempo changes, completely unaffected by the sudden shift of motion that is taking place by bassist William Firth, drummer Matt Lebens, and even his own guitar work. Lebens is especially fun to listen to on this record with his rapid fire and often inventive drumming throughout both sides of this LP. It’s hard to imagine what this record would sound like without him filling up as much space as he does here. But when every one of these layers is applied on top of one another, it creates a pretty impressive collage of sounds that ultimately goes back to their post-punk beginnings. It’s just that three or so years later they’ve learned how to really handle the medium and it shows here on this album.