Double Tooth’s Volume 1 is a sonic psychedelic journey inspired by the music of Nigeria in the 1960’s. After falling in love with the music made in this period and investigating the technical limitations they dealt with while still making amazing sounding recordings, the charm of working with what the tools you have became clear to us. Recordings were done with limited numbers of microphones, and limited recording equipment in general. So, with this in mind, we set out guidelines to make music that was honest, raw and in the spirit of the recordings made at that time.
Volume 1 was made by 2 people in 1 room. All of the recordings were made in a small basement studio using one microphone, one preamp, one guitar amp, and whatever instruments we had in the room and could play at a reasonably competent level. Our goal was to shut out the inner critic and limitless technical possibilities modern recording offers us. Strip it down, take it back to playing and reacting and making some music that makes us feel good.
Although the rhythm and feel of this record is heavily influenced by the Nigerian sound, we DID NOT set out to make an afro-beat record. This record is meant to be a collection of instrumental songs that were written, and recorded with a specific aesthetic and approach in mind. Thats all. We love the rhythms that we heard in those early recordings from Nigeria, and decided to use those feels as a launch pad for our writing. Team Double Tooth respects the fine line between taking influence and appropriation.
Volume 1 is the first of what promises to be a long line of albums that Double Tooth produces. We plan to continue to make instrumental albums that follow a similar set of restrictive rules from volume to volume. Its hard to say what the next source of inspiration will be, but the main idea is that all of the records will be made following specific rules set by us (Robbie Grunwald and Joshua Van Tassel) that help us to be as musically creative as possible . We’re very excited about this project and hope that you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Stay tuned for Volume 2…
released August 5, 2014
Robbie Grunwald: Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, Roland Juno 6, Bass, Guitar, Glockenspiel, congas, hand claps
Joshua Van Tassel: Drums, congas, shakers, misc percussion, glockenspiel, hand claps, psychedelics
Dean Drouillard: Thrashy Guitar solo on Poisonous Cloud
Devon Henderson: Whistling on Four Magnificent Miles
All songs Composed, Produced, and Recorded by Robbie Grunwald and Joshua Van Tassel at the Verge Music Lab Underground
Mixed by Joshua Van Tassel
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering (www.mojitomastering.com)
Logo and font design by Ryan Lake (www.ryanlake.com)