Toothgrinder Premiere New Song “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP”

Toothgrinder have premiered a new song titled “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP.” This track is from the band’s new album “I AM,” which will be released on October 11.

Justin Payne Matthews commented:

“‘The Silence of a Sleeping WASP‘ is a lyrical sequel to our song ‘The Shadow‘ from our last album Phantom Amour. There is so much that surrounds Carl Jung‘s concept of the shadow that has to deal with addiction and alcoholism. I absolutely knew that I had to write another song to commemorate the concept for the new album. I believe that humans, over time through evolution, have developed an area of the brain that connects all of us. A hive mind or a ‘spiritual’ gland, if you will. I believe it hums and radiates a frequency, but when we shut it down and keep it silent, the darkness can escape the shadow self.

I do not want to go into another long-winded rant, but those who have heard the last two songs we have released from ‘I AM‘ and have read my passages know what this whole record is about. I want to keep this about us — those suffering and willing to change for the better. If anyone is in the throes of alcoholism, addiction and/or co-dependency, please get in contact with me at justinpaynerecovery@gmail.com. I love you all!”

Toothgrinder Premiere “My Favorite Hurt” Music Video

Toothgrinder have premiered a new video for their new song “My Favorite Hurt.” This track is from the band’s new album “I AM,” which will be released on October 11.

Justin Payne Matthews commented:

“‘My Favorite Hurt‘ digs deeper into the relationships I have destroyed while in the throws of alcoholism and addiction. There is this dark place I have found myself many times throughout my life where I am always reaching for that next high and that next adrenaline rush. I am looking for anything to keep the wall between fantasy and reality hidden.”

“The problem is while I selfishly seek out pleasure in all forms, there is an endless amount of destruction I leave in my path. People I love more than anything turn to nothing more than a means to an end. It’s a crippling mind fuck that overtime manipulates itself into a psychosis.

I am addicted to people, affection of all kinds, newness, the ego and most of all the ebb and flow of pleasure and pain. I think I can trace back these thought patterns to age 5 or 6, little things that make so much sense now, but could not be brought to the surface for so long.”

“I have found solitude in true love and meaningful connection. I never want to intentionally hurt anyone again, and for those I have, I am deeply sorry. ‘My Favorite Hurt‘ is the light born from the death of the shadow. I expose myself to help others, because if I continue to live a lie and hide the truth, I can never be my true self.”

[via Alternative Press]

Toothgrinder Premiere New Song “I AM”

Toothgrinder have premiered a new song titled “I AM.” This is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on October 11.

“I AM” Track Listing:

01. “The Silence Of A Sleeping WASP”
02. “ohmymy”
03. “My Favorite Hurt”
04. “No Tribe”
05. “no surrender in The House Of Leaves”
06. “shiVer”
07. “The New Punk Rock”
08. “too soft for the scene, TOO MEAN FOR THE GREEN”
09. “Can Ü Live Today?”
10. “The Fire Of June”
11. “I AM”

Justin Matthews said the following about the new record:

“‘I AM‘… a mantra, a prayer, a mediation, a belief, a value, an all encompassing way of life. The title speaks of unity and presence. Becoming comfortable in one’s own skin. To endure whatever life throws at you with grace and gratitude. To love the ones who surround you and accept the things you can’t control. “I AM…” two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shape your reality.

All of my life I have felt out of place, left out, a ghost, a phantom, a whisper in a sea of noise. I covered those deafening screams with abuse. Abusing others, friends, family, strangers, and most of all myself. I hurt the ones I love while still loving the one’s I hurt. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t dream, I couldn’t bleed, I couldn’t breathe. I have yet to right my wrongs, but I hope to start with a song.

The anger, the tension, the narcissism, the callousness, the ego were nothing but amplified in my previous words. The despair was covered up in anger and ego, the void was filled with things, all types of things. Bright things, dark things, shiny things, needless things, but never the right thing, never the real thing.

I do my best to traverse through the negative and reach out a loving hand to those in need. This record’s words give hope rather than facade. This record’s words speak truth rather than perceived truth. This record exposes myself and the lies I have told myself and other’s. If I could accomplish one thing with this record, it would be to help one person in need. One person struggling with alcoholism, addiction, depression, anxiety, loss, guilt, shame, delusion, denial, perfectionism, co-dependency, suicidal thoughts and the list goes on. I am an open book, reach out to me with whatever you are struggling with, I have most likely been there.

We traverse the dark, we traverse the light, but by the end of the record we breathe. This is who “I AM.” This is who we are. I speak my mind, sometimes the shadow, sometimes my plight. If there is one word that can describe this record it is love. Not the facade, but the kind that cuts wood and carries water.

Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. “I AM” haunted by waters. — Norman MacLean

My name is Justin and “I AM” an alcoholic, addict, and co-dependent. We are Toothgrinder and this is “I AM.”

Please reach out if in need. My email is: justinpaynerecovery@gmail.com

I love you all.”

Toothgrinder Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”

Toothgrinder have released a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “The Chain.“ You can check that out below:

The band said the following:

“As a child, my father’s three favorite groups were CSNY, Fleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers. I grew accustomed to southern rock from an early age. As a lyricist, I subconsciously write in that frame of mind. I LOVE a good story written through song. Fleetwood Mac in particular has always held a special place in my heart.

During the making of Phantom Amour I needed a break from the recording process to go clear my head. I cruised down to Luray, Virginia through the skyline drive to get some perspective on what I was doing. I parked myself on a stool at an Irish pub somewhere in town. Half in the bag, I listened to Fleetwood Mac’s, “The Chain”.

I than began writing the lyrics to our ballad “Jubilee”. There is something about associating music with my surrounding’s that has always captivated me. Music to me has always seemed like a fantastical theme song to a particular point in time. I wanted to pay homage to the legend’s that helped me write my favorite and most personal song yet.

Considering the impact Fleetwood Mac had on the Phantom Amour writing process, The Chain was the obvious choice. It has this beautiful twang that is so far from anything we have ever done, that I wanted to capture that as well as we could. I hope we did it justice, and without a doubt I am extremely grateful we had an opportunity to do something like this. Gratitude is everything.”

Toothgrinder Announce 2016 U.S. Tour With Auras & Moon Tooth

Toothgrinder have announced a U.S. headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Auras and Moon Tooth.

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Tour Dates:

10/13 New York, NY – Saint Vitus (no Moon Tooth)
10/14 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry (no Moon Tooth)
10/16 Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
10/17 Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
10/18 St. Louis, MO – Flubber
10/19 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
10/20 Fayetteville, AR – Nomad’s
10/22 Austin, TX – Texas Revolution
10/23 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/26 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
10/27 Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Toothgrinder Premiere “Couer D’Alene” Music Video

Toothgrinder have premiered a new video for their song “Couer D’Alene,” via Decibel. This song is from the band’s latest album, “Nocturnal Masquerade,” which is available now.

Justin Matthews said the following:

“Sonically, ‘Coeur D’Alene‘ is one of the more fun songs on the record. The bouncy groove and tempo keeps all of us moving through out its duration. We have always tried to keep this bit in our live set for those reasons alone. Lyrically it helped develop the vibe for the rest of the record. The song questions wanderlust, stability and independence. These, all of which are reoccurring themes on the record.”