Gold Tooth Reptiles
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Rich from Harlow unsigned band Gold Tooth Reptiles to find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
GTR are Scott Daniel, Luke Buncher and Rich Panrucker. We’re from Harlow, Essex. I went to Harlow College with Buncher and we spent every day covering Specials songs. Then years later I was with Scott at the local and we split the jukebox, after playing as much grimey, heavy Alt-Rock as Ska and Indie we thought we were onto something and couldn’t be the only people that needed a band that blurred the line between the genres.
No idea where the name came from. We liked the word ‘Tooth’. ‘Reptiles’ we use in the H.S Thompson sense. ‘Gold’ or ‘Golden’ is just a word we use for good or solid. The name has rarely been spelt right on gig posters.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, musically all three of us were shifting between The Smiths and Nine Inch Nails, Blur and Refused etc. Loved that alternative British commentary as much as the dark stuff with grit and aggression. Hasn’t change that much ten years on really.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound’s odd. Risky. Angular and scrappy on one side and driving and kind of relentless on the other. I’d like to think we’re London’s heaviest Indie band but most people that come to our shows just say we sound like Pixies in a nightmare. We spent a very long time constructing the aesthetic, for better or worse.
What’s your local music scene like?
I grew up on my local scene. My main influences are still the local bands I saw when I was young, Sexy Butchers, The Seminals, The Skallywags. The Harlow scene has always been subversive and has an honesty to it. It’s a shame punk has been dying out recently. Right now we have some great friends smashing local venues though. Ben Sommers, Jargon Lynch, Cardinal Jack and Triplet Code are all ones to watch.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next year is gonna be the year of the Reptile! We have some live recordings being released very soon. Billy Lunn of The Subways has recorded and produced a short debut EP that’s just being finished off and we’ve just wrapped up our first video for the single. Our next big gig is in Bricklane, London on the 21st of October.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We’d love to mess up one of our talented friends acts. If the opportunity came we’d like to write with Three Girl Rhumba, blend the two sounds and see what happens. Or completely distort Buster Shuffle (Harlow) by being the weirdest backing band they could possibly have.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Genuinely can’t remember any of the gigs. We have a Yeager Ritual wearing yellow socks to The League of Gentlemen theme song before.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
It’s meant to sound like that.