Comprised of musicians from various other London indie projects, Toothpaste are a band of glistening dream-poppers taking cues from the likes of Wild Nothing and Deerhunter.
The foursome’s blissful fusion of shoegaze and bedroom pop is every bit worth such comparisons too, something that’s led to them being selected for a string of noteworthy support slots since their inception (Slowdive, Sorry).
How would you describe Toothpaste to a stranger?
“Swirly ephemeral noise with a four-puppy backdrop.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Bands like Slowdive, Deerhunter, Wild Nothing & Co are probably our most obvious types, but we all love a lot of different stuff which creeps its way in. The new tracks we’ve got recorded showcase sounds and influences that are a bit more diverse than the singles out at the moment, so we’re itching to get them out.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Playing with Slowdive in December was pretty unbelievable. Meeting your heroes and finding out they’re lovelier than you could ever imagine, having a beautiful crowd and getting to watch Slowdive absolutely smash their set after we played – a faultless night. Though that said, we played in Hull for the first time last week and had one of the greatest shows in a while which was unexpected and really nice – Hull knows what’s up.”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“Busy. There’s a lot going on which isn’t a bad thing, but we’re quite the picky band and find you have to sift through a lot of London bands doing the same thing to find the good stuff. We’re being drawn much more into thriving scenes outside of London lately and there are a lot more interesting things going on. Also, the venues are dropping like flies, which isn’t helping.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“I (Daisy Edwards, bass) saw this solo act called Heir of The Cursed supporting Artmagic in Glasgow this week and it utterly blew me away, a soulful voice like you’ve never heard before and songs about depression and paranoia on a beautiful dreamy guitar. Best support I’ve seen in almost ever.
We also played with Spilt Milk in Hull last week and they were ace. They had a proper punk sound but were lovely people and extremely young for how good they were, putting us all to shame.
Not quite an artist, but the homies over at Childsplay are kicking up a storm with the most fun you’ll have at a bubbly electro DJ set in some great venues.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Toothpaste?
“We’ve had a handful of tracks recorded for a while now so hopefully getting them out as a release would be nice. Other than that, a lot more shows, maybe a tour, a collab with some big artists (we can dream) and hopefully world domination sooner or later.”