Three Albums That Changed My Life: Loose Tooth

Melbourne garage pop trio Loose Tooth have just released their debut EP, Saturn Returns. Out now on Milk! Records (you know, Courtney Barnett‘s label), the three piece make the sweetest damn DIY pop music I have heard in quite some time, and I don’t mean it in the sickly kind of way, but rather the “this is fucking sweet” way.

With tracks like Bites Will Bleed and Everything Changes, Loose Tooth stick to their guns, and stay true to themselves, which in turn creates an uncompromising and formidable force that is undeniable. We’re pretty into them here at H&E, so we asked one third of the band, Etta Curry, to tell us a little bit more about herself and what three albums have had the biggest effect on her. Check out her somewhat surprising answers below, and jump on Saturn Returns pronto! It’s not an EP you’ll want to miss!

Simon Curry, Soca Goals! 

Soca Goals! is not technically an ‘album’ as such, but more a curated collection of Caribbean classics that my dad put onto a cassette for us all to listen to while cruising around in his 1980s Merc. My earliest musical memory is grooving to the up-stroke, windows down, smiles up, whilst dancing/sliding around the back on the tan leather seats. The mixtape included a selection of ska, reggae, dub, rocksteady, and soca and introduced me to car sing-a-longs, making playlists and was most definitely the first ‘album’ I was truly passionate about! It included crossover Soca favorite, Hot Hot Hot by Arrow, Barrington Levy, Ken Booth, Lord Kitchener as well as Explainer and Gregory Isaacs. It’s completely surprising I never got into smoking weed!

Paul Williams, Bugsy Malone Soundtrack

I really loved musicals as a kid. Bugsy Malone was probably my favourite, but I alternated between watching Bugsy, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors. I didn’t watch anything else. I was a weirdo. I wanted to be like Tallulah (played by a 13 yr old Jodie Foster) and sing in a chorus. Maybe my dreams came true after all.

The Strokes, Is This It

Is This It came out when I was 13. I just hit high school and the angst was beginning. It seemed to capture the raw rock noise that was beginning to form in my mind. I’d never heard anything like it. Then I took up the drums.