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With Our Teeth discuss music, garnering a following in South Jersey and the grueling task of auditioning new members

Pat Casale, Luis Colón, Mike Scornaienchi, Chris Sikora and Stephen Anthony Matranga. Photo by PJ Hennessy

With a foundation built upon camaraderie— guitarist and vocalist, Chris Sikora, and drummer, Pat Casale, have been playing together since 2007— and ambitions, With Our Teeth look forward to spreading their peer-deemed, post-hardcore sound.

Having released a two song EP, Born in a War, in March 2011, With Our Teeth, with an enigmatic sound in tow, created a new niche within the local music scene. After discovering that they did not click with hardcore shows or jive within the punk realm, With Our Teeth proudly donned— as Sikora jokes— the title of “weird” band on the bill. Weirdness aside, however, the three-piece outfit must contend with typical band woes, such as, auditioning new members and balancing music with school, work and other responsibilities all while trying to garner a following in South Jersey, which, as many agree, is a far cry from the likes of a musical hotbed like Nashville.*

 

Starting off with a little background of the band, how did With Our Teeth come together?
Chris Sikora: With Our Teeth started with Pat, our old bass player and I; we were having trouble finding a singer and a second guitarist. Steve [Matranga, guitarist and vocalist of WOT] contacted me about starting a pop-punk band but at the time we had a full lineup for the band we formed before With Our Teeth. When we found out we had to start all over again, however, I contacted Steve and asked him if we wanted to play with this band [With Our Teeth]. A month or two later, we got a hold of an old friend who was interested in singing for us. Steve and I are going to start that pop-punk band one of these days! [laughs]

 

How would you, as a band, describe your sound (I know, not the easiest question to answer!)
Sikora: We always have a difficult time answering that question. Usually we just take the answers that other people throw at us— post-hardcore, melodic post-hardcore. We’ll ask people if they’ve heard of certain bands that we like, and when they say no, we just tell them that we’re rock/alternative.

 

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Every Minute Can Kill discuss the band’s formation, “Faceless Creatures” and offer tips on being a success in the local music scene

Shaking up the underground, Jersey born Every Minute Can Kill certainly hasn’t been wasting any time since solidifying their line-up in 2010. Two EP’s, press attention from the likes of AMP Magazine and dozens of shows later, the members of the Vineland-based band discuss how Every Minute Can Kill came to be, their new EP and share their tips on success.

Photo courtesy of Every Minute Can Kill


Starting with a little background on the band, what was the process of actually forming the band?  Were you friends before Every Minute Can Kill?

Trevor Jennings (vocals): Essentially, everyone in our current line-up has either been friends with someone in the band or has a friend of a friend of the band.  We had a ton of member changes prior to actually pulling together and getting serious in 2010; that’s when we found really dedicated, enthusiastic members and have stuck with almost the same group ever since.  It’s funny because our newest member, Danny, was sort of a friend and a fan, so he’s the only member of the band who’s actually worn our t-shirts (laughs).

 

Briefly recount your road to success: the hard work needed, the practice hours, getting your name out there, etc.

Jennings: The hardest part for us starting out was probably just finding a solid line-up. Finding people who are right for the job, but are also cool guys you can hang out with and work with is a difficult task. Once that was done, we traveled to Toms River to record our first EP, “Get Your Groove On” and a cover song soon after. It was our first time in a legitimate studio and for some of us it was our first time recording anything at all.

After performing shows with some notable acts such as Alesana, Chiodos, The Chariot (one of our favorite bands) we decided it was about time to write again. We’ve always had a pretty limited budget, and since we decided we definitely wanted to put out good, quality material we had to limit ourselves to a single. This was our first time writing 100% as a full band and it really gave us the opportunity to sit down and decide exactly what we wanted to sound like. “Purpose.” came out in March of 2011 and was well received, which convinced us to dive further into our new sound and create “Faceless Creatures,” which brings us to where we are now.

Trevor Jennings singing along with fans at Hangar 84 on Jan. 27, 2012. Photo: Dan Axelson Photography

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