CD Review – Hands and Teeth – Hunting Season
Released: January 2012
by Jade Sperry
Hands & Teeth are Kevin Black, Adam Kolubinski, Derek Monson, Natasha Pasternak and Jeff Pint and for the time being they live in Toronto. Their release of Hunting Season is a good progression from Enjoy Your Lifestyle from 2010. One thing this band does well is the harmonies. Finding people to harmonize well with can be quite hard.
Here is the track listing:
- It’s Coming Back
- All That Was
- Le Petit Voleur
- Sound of Hamilton
- Parallel States
- Hunting Season
- Song 8
The lead-off track “It’s Coming Back” has a melodic sound which gives it a very whimsical feel. It reminds me of someone who has come 360 degrees in their life and are looking back on the darker thoughts. With lyrics like “We know what you are”, “I hide in the dark” and “Scars are fading fast” sounds to me like someone has gone through something traumatic in their childhood. “All That Was” starts with a whimsical melody that builds into the bridge and chorus – and with lyrics “I can’t see out of this haze” leads one to believe they are in a state of confusion. Lovely piano work at the beginning and end of this song. “Sound of Hamilton” is a song close to my heart as it’s a song about my old hometown Hamilton ON. And I have to say that lyrically and musically this song is spot on. The melody and the total song itself sounds creepy – almost like you just went to Dundurn Castle and got spooked out and ran for your life in the downtown alleys with only the thought of “getting out” before it’s too late. “Missing” is a fairly upbeat song but with a melancholy melody that is slightly off key and reminds me of the Detroit sound (The Ronnettes) in the first verses. The lyrics speak of “you try to see the whole world and suddenly it’ll bring you down” because you may not be aware that our culture is now global in the 21st century. I really like how this song flows – almost like water. “Parallel States” has wonderful harmonies which weave through the song and make it sound alive. There is really good depth from the middle of the song to the end. “Hunting Season” is uptempo and has quirky lyrics that sound like they have a bite to it. I really like the male/female tradeoff in the song as well as the guitars in the beginning of the song. The melody is very warm, positive and inviting. The bridge is slowed down to vocalize gently and then the song evens off. This is song the one I like the best. It’s the way that the song is structured by lyrics and melody. And the last song “Song 8” starts out as s spooky melody however it ends up as a laid back song. The lyrics are whimsical with just enough spook to it. This band pulled off that song very well.
I’d rate this CD at 8 out of 10. Song structure, melodies and harmonies are really well captured in this 8 song CD. If you like good music that is frantic, lazy and down to earth, then this band is for you. Any one can easily identify with subjects within the song. If you like Hey Rosetta!, David Vertesi and Mother Mother then you’ll probably like this band as well. I’m looking forward to more songs from this band.
A video for your enjoyment from Hands & Teeth – “Hunting Season/Sounds of Hamilton” – an impromptu performance at Toronto’s Capital Expresso. Video shot and edited by Mitch Fillion.