As a kid, I was subjected to brainwashing for the benefit of those at the top of the pyramid scheme that is Christianity. Even though it never fully took, the years I spent in Sunday School and listening to older people singing the same depressing tunes over and over again (I went to an Anglican Church, not a fun one) had an impact on my young mind. When I built up the courage to admit I’d never “taken Jesus into my heart” and I wanted out, I felt guilt and fear for a few years afterward. Maybe I’d picked the wrong side. Maybe Jesus was wrong about respecting all people, a message I resonated with, and the teachers at my church were right about everyone who didn’t believe in him going to Hell. As an adult, I understand why it took so long for me to undo the damage to self that was done by my indoctrination into organized religion. So I appreciate how BLEETH paints a picture of how the platitudes of faith and following can cause a deep-seated fear of one’s true nature to fester inside someone. I love this post-metal ode to misguided faith called “Skin Of Your Teeth,” and I wish I’d known there were other people who thought this way when I was young and spouting blasphemy. It’s off their album Harbinger that comes out via Seeing Red Records this year – pre-order it here and here. Right now experience the gnashing of Bleeth with our exclusive video premiere.
The song is about the anxiety a person feels nearly escaping the mental prison of its faith’s dogma. How faith itself can strangle a person’s openness of mind and how organized religion’s actions are often hypocritical to the tenants of their own faith.
Musically, this song is the first time we write using a modified drop C scale that instantly made everything sound heavier and darker. The mood created by this tuning pulled the lyrical content right out of me. High gain combined with palm muting created crushing lows frequency harmonics. I was hooked on listening to the Melvins album Gluey Porch Treatments and really wanted to emulate the pulsating riffs and dissonant tones they achieved on that album.