A Chat with Jason McMaster of Broken Teeth and Dangerous Toys
Jason McMaster is certainly a busy rock and roller, performing in at least two well-known Austin-based bands. Dangerous Toys played Cathouse Live over the summer – a set that was just as scorching as the 100-plus degree heat which enveloped Irvine Meadows. Broken Teeth has been especially active as late, recently unleashing a slamming new EP entitled Bulldozer! In addition to Broken Teeth’s own original songs, Bulldozer features a blazing cover of the Motorhead classic The Hammer. Highwire Daze Online recently caught up with Jason McMaster to discuss Broken Teeth and their mighty Bulldozer manifesto, the Dangerous Toys performance at Cathouse Live, touring with Lemmy of Motorhead, and other hard rocking topics of interest. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Broken Teeth, and how long the band has been together.
Jason, I sing. Broken Teeth have been around 16 years. Formed our own label (Killingbird Records) in 1999, we have writing and recording and playing since then as Broken Teeth.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We live in Austin, TX. Its a great city, with way too many styles and great bands to choose from. You gotta check it out. There is probably a Rolling Stone article or 5, talking about the matter. Hard rock and metal are bigger here now than ever. I watched it change before my eyes in the past twenty years or more.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Bulldozer?
No. Its a full tilt rock n roll slab.No idea, no concept, other than write and play loud fun rock n roll.
Select two songs from Bulldozer and what inspired the lyrics.
Red River Rising, is about a district in Austin, Clubs out on Red River street downtown. The scene in that area was booming and crowded for years, with clubs across the street blowing the doors off all night, fans crossing the street in numbers to catch partial sets of all their fave bands, some touring acts, as well would enjoy that exact concept while in town.
Raining Fire was originally written a few years back. we changed the riffs a little bit, upgraded the lyrics. Basically, its all about the apocalypse. Always fun drama to sing about.
Did Lemmy have a chance to hear or comment on your cover of The Hammer? What made you decide to select that particular song to cover?
No. the response from fans has been good. No telling how many Motorhead songs have been covered, and how many of them Lemmy actually heard/commented on.
We had the idea to do a couple of covers for fun. It seemed obvious to record the The Hammer at that point , for some reason, either way, I love the song, even if we wouldn’t have covered it.
What was the experience like touring with Motorhead, Alice Cooper, and Judas Priest on the Operation Rock and Roll Tour with your band Dangerous Toys?
We would run into Motorhead guys everywhere. the hallways, on days off. etc.. it was great. Seemed the Alice Cooper guys would always be near as well. All of them so pro, and so very nice. Lemmy was always chatty. Highly intelligent, and welcoming.
What was the experience like doing Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows (besides very hot!)?
Excellent, professional. Important to experience how the big dogs run a show, and it gives you some idea of how the artist should be treated, even if you do not ask for anything special, it is there for you as a courtesy.All the bands were great, and I wish that could go on the road.
What do you find in Broken Teeth that you do not find in Dangerous Toys?
More songs about the devil. Closer to a metal vibe maybe. The concept behind Broken Teeth was supposed to be a studio project funded and released by Perris Records. It blew up fast, and turned into its own thing.
What could one expect from a live Broken Teeth show?
Loud fun rock. If you like AC/DC , Motorhead, Judas Priest, you will like Broken Teeth.
If Broken Teeth could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be?
Van Halen, AC/DC, Motorhead, Saxon.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
Bus breaks down. Promoter doesn’t pay you.
Has Broken Teeth ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
Yes, years ago. Viper Room, and some place in Glendale, The Knitting Factory, Hollywood – Also Paladino’s in the valley. It’s good for promotion, but, without demand, hard to make that trek make sense financially, unless you are prepared to lose, with the possible increase in fan base and sale. The songs do not sing themselves.
Would Dangerous Toys and Broken Teeth ever want to do a show or a tour together? Or has that already happened?
That would be a conflict of interest in my opinion. And talk about giving 2,000 percent. That would last one, or two nights. Dead.
What’s up next for Broken Teeth and Dangerous Toys?
Writing a new record with Broken Teeth. We start recording a few of the tracks this month (Jan. 2016).
Any final words of wisdom?
Check out Broken Teeth Bulldozer EP. its out now, on Itunes, Amazon, and always at www.brokenteeth.com
Broken Teeth members: Jason McMaster – Vocals, Jared Tuten – Guitars, David Beeson – Guitars, Robb Lampman – Bass, Bruce Rivers – Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton – Jason McMaster photo from Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows by Jack Lue)
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