Indie Rock (Nashville)
Milktooth offers a fascinating blend of visceral Indie Rock with an occasional stomp on the floorboards of the rootsy Americana that marks the band as a Nashville product, but just barely. Take their front-porch-autoharp take on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean;” it’s a sparse, almost murder ballad arrangement that is compelling and unique. Whether Milktooth is churning out covers (a doomy Jeff Buckley spin through David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”) or originals (the Supertramp-on-Indie-steroids vamp of “If No One Ever Stops Me”), the mood is largely determined by the emotional level of frontman David Condos, who wails with quiet desperation or writhing pain. Like dark chocolate, Milktooth is equal parts bitter goodness and sweet satisfaction.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Bobby Bare Jr. and Arcade Fire play each other’s music on the old switcheroo tour. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ "A 'milk tooth' is another name for a baby tooth, or the first tooth a child grows before his or her permanent teeth come in. It's also the name of a band from Nashville that's put out one of the more mesmerizing CDs I've heard in recent months. Milktooth's self-titled debut dabbles in a bit of everything, from noise-rock to glittering indie-pop and gentle folk, all in the span of about 25 minutes. If a single tone or theme ties the songs together, it's a surreal kind of creaky Americana, with spare acoustic instruments and sometimes haunting atmospherics, led by the howling voice of frontman David Condos." (Robin Hilton, NPR's All Songs Considered)