Los Angeles quartet 3Teeth formed in 2013 to bring some industrial grit back into the music scene. After vocalist Alexis Mincolla and keyboardist/producer Xavier Swafford met at one of Mincolla's underground "Lil Death" parties, they got together to form the transgressive artistic collaborative. Along with drummer Andrew Means and guitarist Chase Brawner, they create an all-inclusive experience wherein they self-produce all their music and visuals, including their videos, which serve as biting social commentary and tongue-in-cheek propaganda, similar to Rammstein or Tool. Their sound strikes a familiar tone for anyone who is a fan of early-'90s Wax Trax or the pop-industrial trinity of Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and Nine Inch Nails. In June 2014, they released their self-titled debut, which was quickly followed by a remix collection in October of the same year. 3Teeth were in the midst of recording a second LP, but fate took them down a different path: after a chance meeting with Adam Jones (Tool) at a wedding -- Mincolla and Jones were both in the groom's party -- the band was invited to open Tool's 2016 tour with Primus, opening 3Teeth up to a much wider audience. After the conclusion of the trek, 3Teeth returned to the studio and unveiled "Degrade" -- the first taste of their sophomore effort <shutdown.exe> -- in July. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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