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NXNE 2017: Forty Seven Teeth

26 June 2017 / by Nam-An Dinh (author)
Forty Seven Teeth (photo: Nam-An Dinh)
Forty Seven Teeth / (photo: Nam-An Dinh)

Toronto based indie rock band Forty Seven Teeth are no newbies to the scene: each of their members have been playing in different music scenes for years.  

Coming together in something akin to a musical melting pot, these 4 musicians have brought their diverse styles to the table to write and play catchy, edgy tunes that keep your head nodding late into the night.

The band, which is named after a factoid singer and guitarist Dee Prescott found on the back of a bubblegum card, released their debut EP last October.  

With lyric writing duties split between both Dee and the band's second singer Anna Robertson, their songs have touched on a number of deep topics.  On the EP's opening track Payphone, Dee writes about her battle with addictions.  On other tracks, Anna navigates issues of gender identity and racism.

On writing about topics such as racism, Anna mentions that it can sometimes be challenging: "I'm trying to interpret it in the way that I can, and I want to come at it from my own experience and not take over anyone else's stories or put any words in other peoples mouths".  

With a slew of shows coming up this summer, including a festival appearance at Wolfe Island Music Festival for the hometown crowd (Anna and drummer Jesse Aylesworth are both originally from Kingston, ON), and plans to be back in studio to record new material in July, the band is keeping busy. 

Nam-An caught up with Anna and Jesse ahead of their show at the Garrison for NXNE 2017:


For more information about Forty Seven Teeth, click here.


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