Possessing transcontinental roots, Newport-via-New York indie rock act Silverteeth aren’t your typical band. Launched in the heart of Brooklyn’s late-’00s DIY scene by Charlestown, Rhode Island native Bill Bartholomew and Gabriella Rassi of Goiânia, Brazil, Silverteeth recently established their home base in the City By The Sea. Their unique sound fits perfectly with the eccentricities of Newport’s tiny — but talented — music scene. It’s guitar driven music with a dose of pop and a heavy amount of grit evocative of alternative rock’s golden era in the ’90s. Their debut self-titled EP is an excellent example of that and it’s being premiered on Vanyaland today.
Bartholomew and Rassi produced the EP themselves along with the assistance of Keith Robinson and his home studio in Brooklyn where they recorded it all. The EP gives off the vibe of reflection and transition to go with the reality of Silverteeth moving to a new environment after being based in the Big Apple for nearly a decade. There’s also a rich soundscape abundant from track to track and there’s never a moment of boredom or redundancy. Emphatic tones and hard-hitting riffs are the backbone of the band’s sound and the ears will be invigorated. The end result encompasses one of the best local recordings to come out of the Ocean State this year.
There’s a bit of an aural, psychedelic vibe in “Burning Planet”, an environmentally conscious track that has a stellar combination of acoustic and electric riffs. The chorus is stunningly triumphant and it serves as a prime example of Silverteeth’s rhythmic emphasis. “Camden” has harmonies reminiscent of the Pixies with Rassi taking the lead on vocals and bass. It sounds like something straight out of Doolittle but also stands out due to Bartholomew’s skills on guitar. With Bartholomew singing about playing out in the crazy atmosphere of New York City, “I Want” is an ode to the struggling artist in a big city while also being satisfied with doing what you love.
Silverteeth will be celebrating the release of their EP at Aurora in Providence Friday night (July 8) with fellow Newport act Icky Woods, riot punks Pyramid and indie pop trio Tiny Diamond. The band will have 100 limited edition, unique hand-drawn copies of the EP available as well. In the meantime, stream via Silverteeth’s Bandcamp page at the link below and dive in.