Mother Denims have launched their new album, Candy Tooth. The band’s follow-up to 2018’s Pet Love attracts its power from pop punk’s golden age, the times when blink-182 had been operating bare throughout Los Angeles and Inexperienced Day had been slinging mud at festivalgoers.
With their new file, vocalist Eric Butler says the band strived to write down songs they might envision listening to on the radio or late-night speak exhibits. “I’ve tremendous vivid recollections of listening to Inexperienced Day or blink or Foo Fighters or Sum 41 on the radio after I was in elementary and center faculty,” he tells Different Press. “Being uncovered to various music actually began with numerous these radio hits that might get caught in my head for weeks and encourage me to hunt out comparable artists and albums for the primary time. That period of music served as my gateway drug to the entire artists that I do know and love now, so attending to put on these influences on our sleeve felt like the correct factor to do.”
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True to its title, the songs on Candy Tooth evoke a sugar rush. They’re replete with wealthy choruses and sticky lyrics ripe for scream-singing at stay exhibits, paying homage to pop-punk eternals comparable to Sum 41’s “Fats Lip” or Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi.” However greater than something, Mother Denims have created an album that grabs onto pleasure when it’s more and more simpler to succumb to dread and unhappiness.
Take a look at the band’s new music video for “White Trash Millionaire,” and browse an unique interview with Butler under.
Congratulations on Candy Tooth! It’s a terrific file. Are you able to inform me extra about what drew you to the thought of crafting an album based mostly round hooks that hark again to the glory days of late ’90s and early 2000s pop punk?
Previously, Mother Denims has positively been extra centered on self-expression and self-actualization so far as the songs and content material go. Personally, Mother Denims has at all times been about pleasing ourselves first and utilizing the band as a inventive outlet to specific [ourselves] and relate to the remainder of the world. This file was positively an try to write down songs and put collectively an album that had extra broad listening enchantment. Slightly than validate the extra obscure or various or experimental sides of our musical pursuits, we wished to write down an album that we might think about listening to on the radio or being performed stay on a late-night speak present.
That being mentioned, we nonetheless wished to be true to ourselves, and we had been nicely conscious that it may be dangerous when, as a punk– or emo-inspired band, you make the acutely aware resolution to go in a extra pop route. Eager to pay homage to our personal experiences and make a poppier file that was nonetheless tremendous impressed and felt like Mother Denims, we determined to look again on the songs and albums that basically formed us in our youth.
What was the toughest half about writing or recording Candy Tooth? Is there something that stands out in your thoughts?
I believe for me personally, the toughest half was studying the right way to write collectively as a real four-piece band. Previously, all of Mother Denims’ materials had been written by both myself or Austin [Carango, drums], and writing Candy Tooth was our first time actually getting Bart [Thompson, guitar] and Sam [Kless, bass] concerned within the songwriting course of. It positively took some time, and navigating the demo course of between 4 strong songwriters was much more troublesome throughout a world pandemic the place we actually couldn’t go to our observe house or rehearse collectively.
Studying the right way to prioritize and talk in that sense ended up being tremendous helpful to us and helped us develop quite a bit as musicians and as a band, nevertheless it was positively nerve-racking at occasions. Aside from navigating the songwriting course of, although, I can genuinely say that I had an incredible time each writing and recording Candy Tooth. I’m so pleased with the work we did and the progress we’ve made as a gaggle, and I legitimately really feel like all challenges or rising pains we skilled within the course of of constructing this file has formed us into stronger and extra succesful folks. If something, the toughest half [was] ready for it to come back out.
The album cowl options two folks leaping right into a physique of water with none garments on. To me, it brings to thoughts blink-182’s “What’s My Age Once more?” music video. Would you say it acts as a homage to that?
The album cowl is certainly not not impressed by blink and the “What’s My Age Once more?” video. [Laughs.] I believe our mutual love for blink-182 positively shines by means of musically and aesthetically on this album, however the resolution to make use of this particular picture for the quilt was only a group resolution that was made earlier than Candy Tooth actually even severely began getting written. I like photographs for album covers, as our earlier two have been photographs, and I believe the whimsicality of being bare and leaping off shit together with your boys positively captures a number of the vibe that we need to talk with Candy Tooth.
For these unaware, there’s additionally a little bit of a typical trope amongst Midwest emo/emo band album covers that characteristic folks leaping off of issues. I believe the vibrancy of the picture, the funniness of Austin and I being bare and the small nod in direction of our expertise on the earth of DIY emo/punk sums up fairly nicely what we’re attempting to speak with Candy Tooth: It’s cool to love the belongings you like, to be your self and to be passionate in regards to the issues that make you’re feeling good. Who cares what different folks’s opinions are and whether or not they assume you’re “cool” or not?
The good factor on the earth is to be any individual who willfully and positively engages with the issues and the people who they love. Not having the ability to take ourselves too severely has been considerably of a superpower for us as a foul, and we hope folks can inform proper off the bat that they’re allowed to have interaction with us and our music in no matter method that makes them essentially the most joyful.
What’s your strongest reminiscence related to any such golden-age music?
I’ve two. One is being completely obsessed with the tune “Stacy’s Mother” by Fountains of Wayne. I used to be in both 2nd or third grade and couldn’t even actually comprehend what the tune was about, however the hook of the refrain and the loud guitars, plus the superior ad-libs and the important thing change? Oh man, I used to be so hooked on that tune and doubtless listened to it 50 occasions a day on my Walkman that I introduced to high school. It was such a preferred tune amongst my schoolmates on the time, perhaps due to the humorous, barely offensive nature, and I’ll at all times bear in mind sitting on the bus on my technique to [and] from faculty listening to that tune.
The opposite vivid reminiscence I’ve was going to see Avril Lavigne, which was my first live performance ever, within the fourth grade. My first CD that I ever owned was her album Beneath My Pores and skin. My mother and father took me to see her carry out on the Milwaukee Admirals stadium, and I had the time of my life. I actually, actually want that I nonetheless had the T-shirt from the live performance as a result of it was so superior. It was [the words] “AVRIL LAVIGNE” written as knuckle tats on two fists, and I wore it till it disintegrated. The tune “Sk8er Boi” can be legitimately the explanation why I play guitar to this present day, and I’m so stoked that she is making and placing out music once more.
Now that the file’s out, what’s subsequent for you? What are a few of your different objectives for the remainder of the yr?
I believe we’re largely simply actually excited to get out and play the brand new songs for everybody. It felt wonderful to be again on the street this previous fall, and situations keen, we plan to play numerous exhibits in numerous locations in 2022. We have now a giant assist run with the Story So Far arising this April, which we’re actually excited for. Plus, we’ll be going again throughout the pond and enjoying the U.Okay. once more for the primary time since 2019. Y’all know there’s additionally gonna be a giant nasty Candy Tooth tour in some unspecified time in the future, however in the interim, we’re simply excited to have some exhibits lined up and to have new music out for the primary time in 4 years.
Personally, my greatest purpose is to have the ability to look again in six-eight months’ time and be actually happy and content material with the work that we’ve carried out and what we’re doing now to assist the discharge of the album. There’s numerous work that’s gone into making this file and its subsequent launch the most effective it could probably be, and I really feel like for us to be happy, we simply need to do our due diligence and ensure we take the identical care and energy performing and sharing this file as we did writing and making it.
Hopefully the entire love and enjoyable that went into this album interprets when folks sit down and hearken to it. We’re so pleased with the job we’ve carried out, and we hope it could carry listeners even a fraction of the enjoyment that we expertise after we hearken to [and] play these tracks
I noticed you’re enjoying the When We Had been Younger competition, crammed on there with many, many legendary names. What does it imply to you to play on the identical stage as so a lot of your idols? Something particular deliberate in your set?
We’re tremendous stoked to be included! To be sincere, I’m undecided it actually says a lot about us or actually means a ton within the grand scheme of issues, nevertheless it was positively wild to see our brand on the identical flyer as a few of these names. I do know numerous of us have combined emotions about enjoying festivals, however personally, I adore it. I actually relish the chance to look at bands that I look as much as facet stage and having small possibilities to satisfy folks and community with of us that you realize from on-line however have by no means met.
If something, although, I believe it’s simply actually thrilling to be in a spot the place so many individuals are enthusiastic about these identical artists that we’ve been enthusiastic about. There’s one thing actually inspiring and invigorating about being in an area the place everybody cares about stay music as a lot as if no more than we do, so I really feel like WWWY goes to be a extremely cool and thrilling alternative to satisfy some cool folks and be taught some new issues. Nothing loopy deliberate for our set as we’re tiny fish in a really massive pond with that competition.
If completely nothing else, I’m gonna get to look at My Chem a bunch. Identical with Paramore, Avril, Jimmy Eat World, and so on. As a fan of music, it’s extraordinarily validating to be included alongside so many titans of the music business. Oh, additionally, I actually hope I get to satisfy Avril Lavigne and/or Hayley Williams and get their autograph!