We passed an advance copy of the album to our old buddy Joe Stumble for an early review. Some may remember Joe from his excellent (now defunct) blog Last Days of Man on Earth. Anyway, here's his take on Brennschluss:
So The Teeth have congealed into something much more focused than on their debut album "In Minutes" from 2007 and the results are pretty damn epic. Kinda like the oozing silver ectoplasmic cyber-goo in Terminator II congealing into a T-1000 force of vengeance and virulence. The new Teeth LP builds upon the same science as the prior release but throws the T-800 model into the vats. And they quote Dee Snyder while doing it just to make the point more clear. And what is the point? Hell if I know. These guys aren’t Billy Joel for fucks-sake. Take some time and figure it out.
Really, I saw this one coming. It was apparent to me that The Teeth were evolving into something more focused on the “Clatter and Jive” 7inch they managed to release between “In Minutes” and “Brennschluss.” All I had to do was sit and wait for this delicious platter to drop in my lap, all oozy and ectoplasmic, and listen as it forms into an ever shifting, audiophonic, killing machine. From the punky choogle of Red Cloud Fog Or Die, to the laconic no-wave of Sergeant Phoster and over to the spy movie weirdness of Woody Allen Stole My Baby, “Brennschluss” is a sequel that bests the original and it doesn’t need to resort to special effects trickery or hamstrung melodrama either.
Instead, “Brennschluss” simply builds upon the band's already solid foundations. It meanders a bit. The guitars noodle a bit. The songs are a bit formless. This is a Louisville thing dating at least back to The Endtables and if noodly plucking isn’t on the menu for you, it’s probably the wrong town. But where 2007’s album "In Minutes" seemed a bit stuck in a recent lo-fi past, “Brennschluss” is timeless. An instant local classic. On par with Your Food, Verktum and all the other noodly Louisville geniuses of ages gone by. A welcome addition to anyone’s record collection for sure.