Bill Bartholomew and Gabriela Rassi relocated their band Silverteeth from Brooklyn to Rhode Island for access to all the things a band needs – on a smaller scale. “I think in terms of logistics and creative freedom,” Bill says, “it’s a better place to be. I mean, NYC is NYC, and I love it there. I guess our perspective is that, having been in Brooklyn for a decade and establishing community, Rhode Island is currently a better place to be in terms of accessing what is really most valuable in New York City – rather than being in the outskirts of Brooklyn and Queens, where most artists live, somewhat scattered from each other, and bogged down with endless odd jobs and hustles to survive.”
Silverteeth’s noisy and rounded self-titled release has found a welcome home in Bill’s home state; over the past year, they have used those five songs as a basis to reimagine, recreate and grow as a band. “We really love to spend time letting a song develop through demoing, trying it live, breaking it down and rebuilding,” Bill says.
Along with drummer Tom Berglund, Silverteeth sticks with the classic alt-rock trio structure that Bill sees as a secure foundation for the band. “As tempting as it is to add additional guitars, keyboards and whatnot, there is something special about the clarity of a traditional three-piece, and as we continue to forge our sound, it makes communicating our ideas much more straightforward than a larger ensemble would be,” Bill says. “Not to mention, touring and other logistical elements benefit from a smaller scale operation.”
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