Hot on the heels of the release of their new album <shutdown.exe>, Los Angeles’ industrial rockers 3Teeth played the Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill in Dallas, TX. Paying no mind to the opening acts, I made my way from the bar to the concert area as the band was taking the stage. Playing a set covering songs from their latest release and their 2014 debut self-titled album, the band was louder than hell and ready to set things off from the first note.
Opening with “Divine Weapon” from the shutdown album, the bands intensity was immediate. Frontman Alexis Mincolla, mohawked and mustachioed, led the charge as his bandmates pounded on their instruments relentlessly. While many industrial drummers are relegated to keeping metronomic time, 3Teeth’s
Andrew Means Andrew Melendez is certainly the exception. Pummeling his drum kit with abandon, he seemed to trigger both the music and the audience when songs would slow or stop and then resume with an explosion.
Xavier Swafford (keyboards) and Andrew Means (modular synth) were also more than just two guys standing behind their instruments. Swafford, frequently lifting his keyboard from its base and slamming it back down, is probably the most exciting live keyboardist I’ve seen in recent memory. Likewise, Means also provided some backing vocals as he made sounds that wavered between pure noise and melody. The band is rounded out by guitarist Chase Brawner who stalked the stage with his domineering presence and razor ship riffs. Effortlessly switching between working the crowd and beating on his guitar, Brawner’s energy was as strong as the rest of the band.
Certainly, Mincolla pulled most of the crowds attention. Singing, screaming, and generally owning the stage and crowd, he possess the presence that many of his genre peers lack. But, it’s truly the passion of the entire band that makes their live show something special. I was a little surprised the crowd wasn’t more physical. They were by no means docile, but it really wasn’t until the set closer, “Master of Decay” from their debut album, that they seemed to let loose. That said, their chants of “3Teeth, 3Teeth” quickly coaxed the band back onstage for one song encore.
Drawing on influences from 90’s industrial music, 3Teeth is not a throwback act. In fact, their brand of industrial is refreshing and fused with a metric shit-ton of anger and energy. Their live performance is likely to win over anyone previously ambivalent to their music. If they’re coming to your town, put them on your must-see list.
– J. Kevin Lynch