We were very excited to announce that Teeff would be playing for us at our NE Xmas Party. They brought with them their high energy, fabulous hair and fuzzy rock to us amid the tinsel, crackers and Gin-gle Belle cocktails! We thought we would ask them to introduce themselves to our NE community now we’ve experienced Teeff in the flesh!
Tell us about yourself…
We’re Teeff, a guitar and drums two-piece, playing rock music to the good people of Northern England. We’ve got riffs, a singing drummer and hair for days.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
Sounds predictable but we pretty much started with a mutual liking of Black Sabbath, Fuzz and pretty much anything Jack White, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Seegal touched. That heavier blues angle has always been there since and then we’ve just added bits and pieces as we’ve gone on. Elements of garage and punk I’d say were in there, we’ve got a Bo Diddly song in there now for God’s sake so there’s plenty of other things left to experiment with. I think seeing bands like Fighting Caravans nail that approach regionally and have a great live show to match was an inspiration too, they’re sorely missed.
Sum up the band in five words…
Fuzzy noise and white t-shirts.
Who writes your songs?
It’s a joint effort really. With it only being a two-piece, writing new music is a really quick process. Normally, Alex will turn up to practice with a new riff or song structure and I’ll add some drums to it. We’ll jam out until it mildly resembles a song and we have a vocal melody. It’s great because we can normally have a new song in about an hour.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Anything really. I don’t think that we really have a fixed “message” so to speak. ‘P For Politics’ is a song about the rise of Donald Trump while ‘Nation of Brunei’ is about a pub back in Wetherby. I guess it’s just a case of what comes to mind at the time. Alex is a bit of an English literature buff so sometimes he’ll nick something from an old book and think he’s Kate Bush.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
It’s got to be Black Mamba Fever. We’ve seen them a fair few times and it’s always a great romp. They’re a top bunch and a good drink. Feel the fever.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
For me [Ryan] it’d probably be Wolfmother’s debut album. We’re prone to a bit of a Wayne’s World sing along in the car after practising. For the other one (Alex), it’d be No Ta – Brown Bread As usual, I missed the boat with these when they were about but finding “Johnny Ramone Syndrome” for traffic has been a blessing.
What are you like live?
A loud, fuzzy, high energy omnishambles.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ll be with you guys at The Kavaliers single launch at the Hubs with Sisteray then Cafe Totem on the 24th February with Reyt Good Music Magazine then it’s off to the Devonshire Cat on the 30th March with the Honey Bees Blues Club. We shall again be playing with The Kavalier’s in Paris which we are massively looking forward too. We’ll be also heading across to Leeds for a gig at The Library with 360 Club. Keep having a look at our Facebook page to keep up to date.
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
For me [Ryan] it would be Daft Punk’s ALIVE 2007. Daft Punk are my favourite artist by a country mile and the live performances that have gone onto that album are outstanding. Alex would like LCD Soundsystem’s “Sound of Silver” please.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
More big beats and tasty meats. We just want to play live as much as we can, carry on meeting lovely folks and making music that puts a smile on our face at least.
Quick-Fire Questions: Alex Beresford
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Danelectro “59
BASE – LeedsLeedsLeeds
FOOTBALL – Sunderland AFC (Haway the lads)
GUILTY PLEASURE – Shakira – She Wolf. No shame.
HERO – James Murphy
VILLAIN – Matt Baker
BEST COMEDY SHOW – Limmy’s Show
THREADS – “World in Motion” New Order t-shirt
TROTTERS – Converse pump
AT THE BAR – Saltaire Kala Black IPA
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Talking Heads “Live in Rome 1980” looked a good one, or Bowie’s “Stage” gig. They’ve both got the boy Adrian Belew really.
NOT OUT WITH ANYONE – Flann O’Brien
SOUNDTRACK – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has some very chilled Portuguese covers of Bowie. Sipping overly expensive cocktails territory.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME –
Frank Zappa – Willie the Pimp
Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive
Girl Band – Why they Hide their Bodies Under my Garage
TOP OF THE POPS – Space for everything and plenty of places to see it if you look. To be able to see quality bands and DJs on the same night in Northern cities like Sheffield and Leeds is very nifty indeed. No bad thing.