Yellowteeth Distortion, St. John's NF, April 18

Yellowteeth Distortion, St. John's NF, April 18
Photo: Vish Khanna
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The current pride of Sackville, NB is this monstrous, quasi-metal quartet who put on a ferocious show at Lawnya Vawnya. "More reverb!" lead guitarist Josée Caron demanded at one point, insisting that she wanted to sound like she was singing in a cave. Kinda fitting, as Yellowteeth come across as a primal, prehistoric entity in a post-Eric's Trip sort of way. There's this pop sensibility with shades of early Superchunk that gets drowned in their devastating onslaught of punk rock. Vocalist Nic Wilson is almost plainspoken in his style but he often erupts with these guttural screams, all backed by this unusual propulsion. It's punk rock on many levels — scrappy, dark, forceful, and falsely indifferent. There's a drive and power to Yellowteeth that can't be faked. They inspire reckless release and abandon and that's what they got in St. John's from a pensive, pushy crowd.

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