As quirky and often dissonant, shrieky, shrill, balls-out, unafraid and urgently enthusiastic as The White Stripes, Pela, Robbers and Cowards, and The Cold War Kids , You’re My Lover Now is a beautiful, fine mess. Actually, one the bandâ€™s own members said that originally the â€œrecording were clean and solid,â€ but then â€œthe process began to break down initiating what I shall introduce as, â€˜The natural and rapid disintegration of technological efficiency and cleanliness within a Teeth recording.â€™â€ That was all for the best, though, as You’re My Lover Now is at once deep, hysterically funny, and indie rock. No coincidence, then, that it was mixed by Nick Krill (Spinto Band).
Check out the philosophical break-up song, â€œBall of the Dead Ratâ€ (â€œNo one liked it when you said that when you die, youâ€™re really dead, so you left . . . Now youâ€™re crying with the telephone.â€); or the bitter black humor of, â€œA Flight in the Darkâ€ (â€œEven your eyes donâ€™t say what they mean, watching your dad take down the Christmas tree/Youâ€™ve got his nose and his real estate, just pure as the kitty cats that he threw in the lakeâ€). And itâ€™s not just the lyrics that hit hardâ€”the whipping frenzy of hooks inside of hooks overlaying Walkmen-style vocals . . . Aaaaaaah.
For fans of all the bands mentioned above, and also Pavement, Velvet Underground, and groundbreaking music as familiar as it is unlike anything youâ€™ve heard before.
The tastes of the teeth:
The band has posted a copy of a 2005 show if you go here. It includes cuts like
Mercy Mercy Pudding Pie
The Killer Costume.
Also, check out:
Oh Bessie (from “Carry the Wood”)