Broken Teeth

Broken Teeth (Perris)

Record Reviews

Broken Teeth

(Perris)

In December, 1995, Dangerous Toys mastermind Jason McMaster reported he was finished singing about his dick. Broken Teeth, McMaster's raunchy new side project, proves no promise is forever. Right off the bat, three of the album's tracks, "She's Gonna Blow," "Trippin' Over a Bone," and "Stick it In," leave little question that Broken Teeth is a collection of dirty deeds done dirt cheap. By design, this is a low-budget, no-frills, You-Want-AC/DC-You-Got-It set, McMaster and former Dirty Looks guitarist Paul Lidel picking up where Rhino Bucket and dozens of Aussie wannabes left us in 1989 -- shamelessly copping Bon Scott and Angus Young's every move. The result is not only meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy, it's also far more fun than you'd think. Clearly, the key is McMaster's respect for AC/DC's blueprint; unlike the latest wave of FM cock rock that's three or four times removed from the original source, McMaster is a high-quality second generation copy. While he occasionally slips into a perfect Scott impression, more often it's like he's channeling the long deceased singer, getting further on spirit and phrasing than exact vocal mimicry or all-out impersonation. Better yet, McMaster's thematic replication of AC/CD is just as faithful, covering the devil ("El 'Diablo"), women ("Two Time Lover"), and straightforward sex ("She's Gonna Blow," "Trippin' Over A Bone," and "Stick It In"). Add a spirited retelling of "Let There Be Rock" ("Hooray") and the perhaps the first double-entendre tune to morph wrestling and mortuary science ("The Undertaker"), and you've got the rare case where cheap thrills equate to something more than a guilty pleasure.

*** 

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Tia Carrera
Visitors / Early Purple (Record Review)

Michael Toland, April 19, 2019

Texas Platters
Thunderosa
Ride the Snake (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, April 19, 2019

More by Andy Langer
Margaret Moser Tribute: Chris Layton
Chris Layton
Antone’s, 1979: Hurricane Margaret blows in

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: Jimmie Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan
“Everything back then felt like us versus them – and she was one of us”

June 30, 2017

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle