The continuing shambles of Brexit forms the backdrop to Tooth & Nail’s new single ‘Troubled Times.’ They’re not typically political types but having formed in late 2016, the election of Trump and the rise of the right in their native England couldn’t help but colour their output in some manner. The opening line of “I don’t see my enemy when I’m walking down the street” addresses these issues directly.
Speaking to us Dan says, “People are scared, people are divided and people have been lied to and used on a massive scale. Music should be one of the things holding the perpetrators to account and holding a mirror up to society. A lot of rock bands are crossing over into pop now, and going with that empty EDM club-type vibe and using woah-woahs as a substitute for meaningful lyrics. Not everyone has to be Billy Bragg or Leonard Cohen but I don’t know how you can truly believe in songs as lyrically empty as that.”
‘Troubled Times’ follows their March debut single ‘Cryin’ For You’. Tooth & Nail cite the likes of like Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Rage Against The Machine, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, QOTSA, and Neil Young as influences and you’ll be able to spot wee nods to all of the above through ‘Troubled Times’.
The guitar/drums duo owe a real debt to the monochromatic predecessors of The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Singer/guitarist Daniel Pearson lays down a sleazy blues rock riff while the pair sing a relentlessly catchy but wordless post-chorus that will play on a loop in your brain for the rest of the day. “You can’t call it lies when there’s a million in the streets”. Testify, brother!