EMQ’s with BROKENTOOTH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hertfordshire, UK based Metalcore band, BrokenTooth. Huge thanks to vocalist Jed Parker for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi, I’m Jed Parker, lead vocalist of the metal/metalcore band BrokenTooth. We formed as BrokenTooth in 2019, but all five of us have been in various bands over previous years and we’re all very excited with the sound we have found within BrokenTooth and the bond between us. The majority of the band knew each other well before this had begun, and some had even played in previous bands together, so there was a real click between us and respect for each other right from the first time we all played, and that has just continued to develop as time has gone on.
How did you come up with your band name?
I was set the unenviable task of brainstorming ideas for the band’s name, and was just rolling my tongue around in my mouth, thinking that it was an absolute minefield of broken teeth in there. So that’s where the name came from, and the other lads liked it, so we all agreed to keep it.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re all from Hertfordshire in England, which is just north of London. There’s a huge metal scene in England, with some massive names that have come out over recent years such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Bury Tomorrow, and a whole host of other bands. Growing up just outside of London was great – there were always metal shows on during the week and weekends, so we were never short of gigs to attend and music to hear.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our debut EP “Mortuss Est Salus” at the beginning of 2020, along with our first music video ‘Burnt Ground’, which we were hoping to gig on the back of for the first part of the year, but due to COVID-19, we were limited as to the number of shows we were able to play. The good news about that though is that it did give us more time to write and record more songs, and we’ve now released two further singles, with videos – ‘R.O.T’ and ‘Words of The Blind’, which are both available on our YouTube to watch and on all major streaming platforms to listen to. We also have another new song called ‘Injustice’, with a really dope video, coming out this month, so keep an eye out for that! (This has just come out – Link Below)
‘R.O.T’ (Official Music Video)
‘Words Of The Blind’ feat. Joe Burton (Official Music Video)
‘Injustice’ (Official Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We get influence from a number of bands, styles and situations. For me personally, bands like A Day To Remember, Beartooth, Bring Me The Horizon and The Ghost Inside have been big influences on me and the band.
What first got you into music?
I’d say it was attending and watching live shows and wanting to get up on stage and do that myself. Just seeing bands perform that have such power and energy in a live show is one of the best feelings and that’s what we try to bring to anyone that comes to one of our gigs.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d really like to collaborate with Polaris. They’re an awesome band and Jamie Hails has such a fantastic vocal range.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It’s got to be Download for me. I’ve been there several times and Donington has such history when it comes to metal. So many of my favourite bands over the years have played at Donington – it’d be a dream to follow in their footsteps and play the same festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not so much a gift, but a thank you message from a fan’s mum in Texas was pretty strange! I received a message out of the blue from a woman who said that her son was a huge fan and thanked me for the music we were making. Incredibly cool, but also unexpected and strange!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Fuck what anyone else thinks – you do what you wanna do and be who you wanna be!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dimebag for sure. I’ve always been a big Pantera fan, and I’d love the opportunity to go out with him and get trashed and party for a night!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love playing live and going nuts on stage with a bunch of lads that are like brothers. The part I hate is the bullshit that seems to come between other bands and the egos. There seems to be a lack of support from bands to each other and too much rivalry.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It’d be awesome if music could be looked at on the basis of talent and the actual music, and progress not mainly measured by the number of likes someone has, the money they can make or the social media reach.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Crisis” by Alexisonfire is an incredible album.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love a CD, but downloads are best I think – you can listen to them wherever and whenever with smartphones now.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The first show we played as BrokenTooth. It was at a venue we had all played previously in other bands when we were younger, was for the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition and was with a great set of bands with good support from the crowd.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d still be a tattooist, which is what I do on the daily currently.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d want a mix, so I’m gonna say Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Seth Rogan, Yelawolf and Joe Exotic. That would be one hell of a party.
What’s next for the band?
We love the music we write, and we love playing live. Our real aim is to keep progressing with our music and getting out and playing to as wide of an audience as possible. We’re all looking forward to continuing to release more music, venturing out to a variety of different places and hopefully, once things are back to normal, get on to a number of gigs and festivals and who knows from there?
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use the following social media channels:
All of our music is available on all major streaming platforms (Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify etc.)
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I know they’re labelled a cake, but I’d say they’re a biscuit – they’re eaten like a biscuit and most people tend to have several rather than just one.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having me. Everyone should check us out on social media and streaming services, hit us up and let us know what you think, and we hope to see you at a future show!
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