Cut Teeth are releasing their Televandalism EP via Topshelf Records on July 24th. To promote the release, Dustin Currie from the band was kind enough to write-up a Track-By-Track for PropertyOfZack. Check out the feature below!
Who is Thomas Driscoll?
The title is sort of a play on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, with its “Who is John Galt?” refrain, and playing further on that it kind of has to do with my take on that book and her philosophy (which I realize I got something completely different out of than what the reader is probably supposed to). This song is basically about how as people we’re able to forge our own paths and create our own successes (and/or failures) on our own terms, and how the way we speak and present ourselves has a huge effect on that. Kyle wrote that choppy, sort of mathy bridge part on bass, which was extremely fun for the rest of us to try to learn. Definitely one of those musical “ahh” moments when it finally clicked for all of us. It’s also probably the most exhausting song I’ve ever played.
Lyrically, this one’s pretty straight-forward. It’s essentially just an anti-war song. When I was a kid, my brother joined the Marine Corps. I always felt really conflicted, especially when he got shipped off to Afghanistan and Iraq, so I was always in full support of him and wanting him to come home safely and in one piece - but at the same time I was fully opposed to the entire concept of him being there. I just found myself asking ‘what for?’ a lot. Musically, this song has by far my favorite riff Dan has written, and I think was a really big turning point for us figuring out how to write songs together.
This was definitely the weirdest song to put together, for all of us, I think. We all just kept saying how none of us has ever really written a song like this before, a song that sounds this fucked up and eerie, but that we loved it. Naturally, I wanted to channel my inner Fox Mulder to turn it into a ghost story, based on an experience I had with an apartment a couple years ago.
Stone of Yap
I knew I’d wanted to use the line “you’ve gotta spend money to make money” for a chorus-type part for a song for a while, and this just seemed like a very opportune place to use it and build a song around the concept of currency - how it’s not a real, tangible thing at all, but it’s one of those few things that essentially exists because we collectively believe it to exist. This one was actually kind of a challenge to keep as short as we ended up keeping it, but I think it was for the best for this kind of song.