Imagine a Minutemen show in a church basement, but with Les Claypool on bass and James Brown howling on the mic. That’s Easter Teeth. Blood brothers Josh and Tim Eymann serve up a fresh take on funk-punk convergence that is light-hearted and unforced. Easter Teeth tosses away the econo jam and goes big with Death From Above 1979 growling bass and a Contortions horn section, but maintains DIY finesse, using whatever gadgets are around. They play super-tight, stopping on a dime. If “Break out the Knives” doesn’t get your toes tapping, you might not be human. “Get up, get down, just as long as you get there,” or in other words, get up offa that thang! Hardcore roots emerge in the lyrics, which mix cute wordplay with anti-government provocation. The title track contains my favorite line—”zero convictions but a litany of guilt”—evoking a kind of working-class restlessness. Dueling yell-vocals blend the renegade marching band rollick of the Taxpayers with Minor Threat urgency. “Where Have All the Demons Gone” is the most sonically interesting, seasoned with keyboard-synth roars that verge on Nine Inch Nails industrial territory. Unpopular opinion: I couldn’t get through the horn-less versions of each song. I hear the argument for allowing listeners to curate the album to personal taste, but it’s just not the same. With the brass, we’re at a thinking man’s soul party—who could ask for more? Put this on, get sweaty, and pour one out for D. Boon and the Godfather of Funk.
–Claire Palermo (Veritas Vinyl, [email protected], veritasvinyl.net)