Boasting current and former members of lauded local projects like John The Savage, Paper Holland, The Invaders, and Twelve Ounce Prophet in its ranks, Flat Teeth didn’t need much time to catch the attention of listeners when they released their debut EP, Winter House, last year. Though the Milwaukee indie outfit came out of the gate strong with a heft of shows, ample local radio play, and appearances at area festivals in the 12 months since Winter House came out, some might be surprised to learn Flat Teeth actually formed in 2016.
Though the band took their sweet time to fashion that first release, they weren’t about to wait another two-plus years before following up its sturdy debut EP. Instead, they went right back into the studio to record a full-length. On Friday, November 8, Flat Teeth will release Silent Seconds. The follow-up to Winter House features 11 songs, which the band recorded at a combination of three spots. The bulk of the album was recorded and mixed by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings, with additional tracking done by Jamie Marvel at Fuzzy Walls Studio, and Josh Kristopeit at Ruthless And Toothless. Justin Perkins from Mystery Room Mastering mastered the album.
Silent Seconds quickly kicks into action with the punchy and percussive “Lion’s Mouth” before giving way to the angular, atmospheric “Fractions Thrown”—which is rife with sleek keys and billowing harmonies—and the guitar-driven and anthemic album standout “Florida Snow.” Over the course of the roughly 35-minute run time, singer-guitarist Nik Stoehr and his skilled cast of collaborators cover a lot of sonic territory, ranging from upbeat and hopeful (“Side Attack” and “Ambidextrous,” respectively), catchy and radio-ready (“Really Tiny Dancer”), and emotionally-charged (“Bullets” and “On My Heels,” among others). By album’s end, the band that quickly caught attention when it announced its arrival with last year’s EP shows listeners they’re here to stay.
Flat Teeth will celebrate the release of Silent Seconds at Cactus Club on Friday, November 8. The release show will also feature opening performances from Mertles Acres and Live Tetherball Tonight. Before the album comes out this weekend, you can listen to Silent Seconds in its entirety now.