Hands & Teeth – Enjoy Your Lifestyle

Band: Hands & Teeth
EP: Enjoy Your Lifestyle
Shot of choice: Jameson

Although as individuals they are not new to the music scene, Hands & Teeth is a relatively new band. We first caught Hands & Teeth live at TWM show and, despite being the first opener, their lively set was likely my favourite of the night. When I realized that their Enjoy Your Lifestyle EP was ready for release, I was eager to hear it and my initial thoughts about their impeccable harmonies still stand. It continues to impress me that all 5 members of this band contribute vocals. No matter who seems to be on lead vocals, each song carries the same level of heart. This 5-piece is made up of Kevin Black (vocals, guitar), Adam Kolubinski (drums, vocals), Derek Monson (bass, vocals), Natasha Pasternak (vocals, guitar, keys) and Jeff Pinto (keys, guitar, vocals). Additionally, the band had a little help from Lisa Lobsinger (Reverie Sound Revue, Broken Social Scene) on “Until the Night.”

Enjoy Your Lifestyle’s opening track, “Race to the End” may give you the impression that the EP will be energetic pop rock, especially given it is a catchy tune with layers upon layers of fun, including handclaps. However, the rest of the EP is full of layers of dream-pop balladry work that showcases classical influences and Pasternak’s killer vocal range. This 5-track debut EP is quite impressive, especially considering the band has not even been together for a year and that 4 tracks are actually among the first ever written by the band. There is something about the way this band plays with a quiet power that makes it evident how well they meld together as one. I highly recommend you check out Hands & Teeth live. In fact, they’ve got their EP release show Friday, October 22nd (that’s tomorrow, for all you folks looking at the calender) at the El Mocambo. Should be a good one!

I also have one other recommendation. While you’re checking out their music, check out Hands & Teeth’s “Making of” blog post. It honestly made my day. This band has personality on and off stage that shines, even in emails.


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