Heartbeat Retreat is taken from new My First Tooth album Love Makes Monsters, the follow up to their debut album Territories which garnered considerable praise from critics, including The Word who described it as “A full-on blast of raucous folk-pop that’s all hoedown and no slowdown”, and The Fly who called it “…seriously impressive…”.
The recording took them from Berlin to Bridlington, via London and saw them working with producers James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses/Dry The River), Peter Abbott (Athlete/Misty’s Big Adventure) and Paul Pilot (Duke Special/‘Territories’) to create a wonderful record, that draws in inspiration as much from Bruce Springsteen as it does the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel and Okkervil River.
Ross says of the record: ‘Musically it’s much more of band effort this time around. Whereas before I was mostly just coming to the band with fully formed songs and they were just adding their parts, this time I was bringing ideas to them a lot earlier and letting them grow. I think when you listen you can hear that.
Lyrically, there is no intentional topic. It’s more an outpouring I think. It dips in and out of many things, but the overriding theme of the record seems to be relationships. Or more, the wrong relationships. The relationships we convince ourselves are right because we’re told being alone and being lonely are the same thing.’
The band have made themselves a firm fixture of the UK festival circuit with appearances at Glastonbury, Summer Sundae, Bestival, Truck, 2000 Trees, The Great Escape, SWN, TGE and more since the release of their debut. Outside of these, a relentless touring campaign post-Territories has seen them hone their frenzied, harmony-laden, instrument-swapping live appearances into a barnstorming show that NME described as “unmissable”.
Album Launch 21st February 2013 @ Bull & Gate, London
“They’re a lively little bunch” – Zoe Ball, Radio 2
“Makes you wish for a front porch, a sunset, and a song of your own to sing, that could match ‘Honesty Honestly’ for its beauty…” – Artrocker
“…lovely, happy, jaunty…” – Bethan Elfyn, Radio 1
“…‘My First Tooth and The Rubies’ is a folk-pop classic in the vein of John P Strohm or Fingers Cut Megamachine, brimming with heart and character – and it points to a great future for Northampton’s finest singer-songwriter. 5/5″ – Big Cheese
“…grand and ambitious…9/10” – thefourohfive