April 25th, 2018 | New single: “Illuminate and Burn”
“Illuminate and Burn,” the first single in our Physical Truth series comes out today. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and other fine places to listen to music online. Stay tuned for more music to be released very soon.
March 26th, 2018 | Straight White Teeth presents Physical Truth
I’m proud to announce the release of Physical Truth, a loose collection of songs I wrote over the last year. After leaving Philadelphia last May, I spent the better part of a year traveling across North America making this music in bedrooms and in my small Scamp travel trailer in places like New Orleans, Toronto, northern California, the upper peninsula of Michigan and my home state of Colorado.
Residing somewhere between an album and an EP, this is an open-ended group of songs that I’m planning on releasing a track or two at a time over the course of the next year starting this April. Joining me for some of these new songs is my friend and former piano student Paige Pfleger on vocals. Paige sang with me on the Straight White Teeth single “Lifetime,” and I’m thrilled she’s doing more with the project. She also sings in a Philadelphia-based band called Plume that you should check out.
The music featured on Physical Truth comes from an unexpected place of freedom, optimism and drastic change I experienced after coming out of one of the most challenging periods of my life. I can honestly say that after writing and performing seriously for more than a decade, I’ve never been as excited about music and more grateful for my life, health and creative freedom. The new Straight White Teeth songs range from synth-centered pop efforts to quiet whispery acoustic ballads, and while each song is starkly different, they’re all connected in the fact that they were written during a strangely wonderful time for me.
A lot of new people have recently found out about Straight White Teeth after “Lifetime” started getting played on KCRW in LA, and I’m super grateful to Jason Bentley for playing us on his show. In addition to new songs, we’re working on tour dates and some other exciting stuff, so stay tuned. Thank you so much for your support and I can’t wait to share this new music with you.
March 21st, 2018 | Straight White Teeth Open Air Radio Performance and New Music Announcement
Huge thanks to the wonderful staff over at Denver’s Open Air radio station for having us. We played some new material and made a big new music announcement you won’t want to miss. Tune in to http://www.cpr.org/openair Monday the 26th at noon, or check out the session later when it’s posted on Youtube. Big thanks to Shawn McGuire (Patrick’s brother) for playing drums for the session.
February 27th, 2018 | New Straight White Teeth Merch For Sale Online
The Medicine Sword zine and Straight White Teeth T-shirts, stickers and posters can now be purchased over at our Bandcamp page: https://straightwhiteteeth.bandcamp.com/merch
January 31st, 2018 | Live Open Air Straight White Teeth Session
Straight White Teeth will perform and record a live set of new and old songs for Open Air 102.3 FM in Denver, Colorado on March 19th. We love our friends at Open Air!
January 16th, 2018 | “Lifetime” Charting at #6 On KCRW in LA!!!
We’re proud to announce that Jason Bentley, host of KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” show in LA recently started playing our new single “Lifetime” on his show. It ended up charting up at #6 in January, and the song has been picked up by WFUV in New York City and other stations nationwide. The news helped start 2018 in an exciting way, and we can’t thank Jason and KCRW for all their support.
Straight White Teeth is the dreamy alternative pop music project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick McGuire. After McGuire’s promising denver-based band Flashbulb Fires unexpectedly disbanded in 2014, he began composing gauzy pop interpretations written mainly with a small midi keyboard and an acoustic guitar. His first EP Medicine Sword was released a year later. Drawing inspiration from a diverse set of musical influences ranging from Elliott Smith to Debussy, Straight White Teeth is known for crafting thoughtful and sometimes brooding songs often themed around McGuire coming to terms with and breaking away from his tumultuous religious upbringing through an embrace of escapism.
“Lifetime,” a self-produced single featuring vocals from McGuire’s former piano student Paige Pfleger, was released in the fall of 2017. With no label or promotion, the ethereal song caught the attention of KCRW’s Jason Bentley, and it charted up at #6 on his show Morning Becomes Eclectic in January of 2018.
Starting in April of 2018, Straight White Teeth is slated to release a loose collection of singles one and two tracks at a time under the name Physical Truth. From danceable synth-driven efforts to quiet folk-inspired ballads, this disparate collection of songs are tied together only for the fact that they were written during a year-long period that McGuire spent traveling across North America with his partner, artist and collaborator Ella Trujillo. The songs featured on Physical Truth were written in bedrooms, hotels and from McGuire’s Scamp travel trailer in locations like New Orleans, Toronto, the upper peninsula of Michigan and the Oregon coast after McGuire recovered from a serious biking accident he sustained while living in Philadelphia.
A significant musical and thematic departure from McGuire’s previous work, the songs to be released through this collection showcase an emotional rawness the Colorado native has been hesitant to display until now. Paige Pfleger joins McGuire for vocals on some of these songs, and Straight White Teeth is set to tour the US during the second half of 2018.