August 1, 2017 |

Tooth & Nail take on the A-Z challenge!

Tooth & Nail take on the A-Z challenge!

August 1, 2017 |



Rock duo Tooth & Nail recently released their new single Ghost Train. The duo are quickly gaining a legion of fans so we got on board to ask them to take on our A-Z challenge!

A song that made you want to make music? 

The first song that made me want to make music was ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ by Aerosmith, that was the song that made me want to be in a band when I was 10. I grew up in a very musical house, I was listening to Beatles and Motown records at 7 on my little record player. I would sit on my bedroom and listen to Abbey Road and look through the gatefold, getting lost in the artwork, photographs and lyrics whilst listening to the music.

Best rider you've ever had? 

Tooth & Nail played in London early in 2017 and there was just us and an opening act, who was a solo artist. Bearing in mind there’s only two of us in Tooth & Nail, there were 40 cans of beer and 20 bottles of water, that’s a lot of liquid and a very generous promoter right there!

Craziest moment you've experienced in the band? 

Probably seeing our second Tooth & Nail single ‘Troubled Times’ get all over Spotify on differing playlists. Not bad for only our second ever single.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features? 

Troubled Times is very much a statement song - it’s very political without being preachy. It’s a reaction to Brexit, to Trump, to the general rise of the right wing and media manipulation. So that’s pretty deep lyrical content for a rock n’ roll band!

Easiest song you wrote? 

Troubled Times was one of those songs that just came together very organically. After only 2 jam sessions we had the nuts and bolts and then it was just a case of tidying it up and getting it studio ready. Dan is a very good songwriter and with the simplicity that a two piece comes with, the songwriting is very concise and direct. 3 minute rock songs that are going to grab your attention and leave you wanting more. There’s a definite art to it but Dan was pretty acclaimed songwriter in his own right previous to Tooth & Nail, so I’m blessed with his ability to write songs - he knows what he’s doing.

Favourite song in your set? 

This will probably differ between Dan and myself but mine is probably ‘Factory Floor’. It’s the longest song in the set and is the most indulgent in terms of what is going on in the song. There’s a lot of different riffs and sonic changes. I think it borrows a lot of what is awesome about more grandiose, classic rock songs. People often come up to us after a show and ask us ‘what was that cover ‘Factory Floor’ that you played, who’s it by?’ - well it’s one of ours!

Guest you'd most like to feature on your record? 

That’s a tough one as we have such a specific dynamic with there only being two of us and we have such a definitive sound. It would perhaps be nice to get someone in on keys perhaps who could complement and fill out our sound, Rami Jaffee who plays keys for Foo Fighters would be a good shout, as he can really fill out the rock’n’roll sound with his various keyboards, subtle but purposeful.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Being away from our families when we are on tour is tough. Dan and I both have little girls so we miss them like crazy when we’re on tour. Being on tour is great and the buzz is like no other but it’s always nice to come home too. 

Interesting fact about one of your members? 

I was in a few bands when I was younger, I also spent time living in London as a session drummer, but I was in the 22-20s before they got signed and exploded. I left shortly before all this happened as the other two members used to travel up from Lincoln to Leeds on the train with all their amps and gear, I would pick them up from the station and we’d go rehearse. After a while it was decided this wasn’t very practical so we called it a day. 6 months later I was watching them on the Other Stage at Glastonbury after they’d just been featured on the cover of the NME.

Jokes you have in the band?

Luckily Dan and I both have a very similar sense of humour which helps when there’s only two of you and you spend nearly all your lives in each other’s pocket. When we’re on tour it’s a little like The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, lots of rubbish impressions, plus we’re constantly quoting Simpsons to each other.

Key to writing a song?

For me it’s about being as concise as you can. We live in a very disposable culture so mainly, people want 3 minute singles. We try to write songs that are a little unpredictable, often with a couple of time changes thrown in. Being a two piece, you have to think about every minute detail of the song, how it will sound on record and how it will translate live. Whatever we record in the studio has to be done live so when we write songs, we have to find a balance of all those aspects. We both have near identical musical reference points and influences so we very rarely disagree when we’re writing songs. We try to include what we love about our favourite music into every single one of our songs, nothing is throw away. It’s giving the people what they want but condensing it into something accessible.

Longest distance you've travelled to play a show?

In Dan’s previous solo incarnation, he toured the US a couple of times, so I guess Dan wins that one!