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A record chock full of wonder, Charming Pet GIFs, the debut LP from New Mexico-based Straight White Teeth is a vivid dreamscape of sound, peppered with spry synth lines and contemplative strings. Unassuming but not timid, the new LP delightfully dances around the nostalgia that exists on the fringes of memories of a simpler life. Guiding us throughout, is an intentional voice attempting to understand the complexities of life and love in the digital age.

Straight White Teeth is the dream pop project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick McGuire. After McGuire’s Denver-based band Flashbulb Fires unexpectedly disbanded in 2014, he began composing tracks using his acoustic guitar and a small midi keyboard. The songs he wrote were released as the Medicine Sword EP in 2015. In 2018, McGuire found success with a self-produced single called “Lifetime” featuring vocals from his former piano student Paige Pfleger. Early in that year, the track was picked up by KCRW’s Jason Bentley and charted up to #6 on his show, Morning Becomes Eclectic.

A solo endeavor, the songs on Charming Pet GIFs were written and recorded by McGuire in the bedroom of his rural New Mexican home throughout the winter of 2018. Working alone as a writer and a composer, McGuire found that this sense of solitude infuses the record. He brought in friend Joey Howell to help with mixes on “Bespoke,” “I Sleep In Swimming Pools,” and other album tracks.

Under its gauzy facade, Charming Pet GIFs details McGuire’s perspective on how the widespread proliferation of affordable broadband internet has changed the way we, as humans, interact. “It's an album that explores humanity's fraught relationship with the internet,” explains McGuire. “It explores things like internet addiction, singularity, and the idea that the internet is a massive, messy reflection of humanity––war, sex, friendship, communication, loyalty, betrayal, etc.”
 

An honest and atmospheric record, Charming Pet GIFs is a timely exploration into the dark aftereffects of a life lived constantly on the internet. A reactionary piece of art, the resignation and lamentation in McGuire’s voice is palpable; yet the record is flecked with splashes of hopeful optimism. Seemingly futile concerns about things such as climate change and online privacy are mitigated by the idea that genuine human love is enough to get us through the uncertainty that lies ahead. And with that, it’s easy to find comfort in this record; knowing that in the end, we all just want to be loved. McGuire explains, “This is a dark, pensive album hiding underneath deceptively buoyant songs. I hope it's something people can find solace in.”

We Should Remember This at Union Hall in Denver- March 20-21 

 

 

Very happy to announce that Straight White Teeth is gearing up for a set of immersive musical and visual performances in March with a full band. These performances will be unlike anything I've ever been a part of in my music career, and I hope you'll join us if you're in Colorado. Details and ticket links below:

Join us for We Should Remember This, an immersive musical and visual performance designed specifically for Union Hall by artist Ella Trujillo, Patrick McGuire, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind Straight White Teeth, and frequent collaborator Joey Howell. 

Straight White Teeth is the dream pop project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick McGuire. After McGuire’s Denver-based band Flashbulb Fires unexpectedly disbanded in 2014, he began composing tracks using his acoustic guitar and a small midi keyboard. A solo endeavor, the songs on Charming Pet GIFs were written and recorded by McGuire in the bedroom of his rural New Mexican home throughout the winter of 2018. 

An honest and atmospheric record, Charming Pet GIFs is a timely exploration into the dark aftereffects of a life lived constantly on the internet. “It's an album that explores humanity's fraught relationship with the internet,” explains McGuire. “It explores things like tech addiction, singularity, and the idea that the internet is a massive, messy reflection of humanity––war, sex, friendship, communication, loyalty, betrayal, etc.” 

Along with her partner, musician Patrick McGuire, and collaborator Joey Howell, Ella has designed an immersive performance experience specifically for Union Hall. We Should Remember This blends live music performance and sound design with a space-defining animation experience using light and dimension. Colorado-based poet Eleanor Perry-Smith will also collaborate with Straight White Teeth for this project.

The artists respectfully ask that audience members don't record the performances on smartphones and share them on social media. Their hope is that We Should Remember This will be an unfiltered performance experienced in the moment without the distractions of handheld tech and the internet. 

This immersive sound and visual experience is not to be missed! Ticket purchases include access to an open bar courtesy of Union Hall and our sponsors.

Tickets:

March 20th: https://www.unionhalldenver.com/events/2020/3/20/straight-white-teeth-we-should-remember-this-two-night-performance-series-ticketed-event

March 21st: https://www.unionhalldenver.com/events/2020/3/21/straight-white-teeth-we-should-remember-this-two-night-performance-series-ticketed-event

 

 

Olds/A Merciful Reissue  

                                      Album Art by Ella Trujillo 

 

I'm happy to announce that I've recently shared seven previously unreleased demos and have reissued A Merciful, an EP I recorded and released under the name Jeremy Flood in 2011. I'm calling the collection of demos Olds. These songs are unpolished and flawed, but they stayed demos and never became SWT official releases because I wasn't able to translate the initial energy I captured while writing them. They're special to me, and I hope you take a minute to listen. You can listen to A Merciful and Olds on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, BandCamp, and pretty much anywhere you like to listen to music online. 

Thanks, and happy new year! 

 

"Lifetime" used in a Gucci fashion film, new shows, and more SWT news 

Hi everyone,

I'm thrilled and a bit bewildered to announce that my song "Lifetime" was recently used in a Gucci fashion film, which you can see here. The production is incredible, and it's humbling to see something you made at your kitchen table get used in such a surreal, gorgeous context. A couple of new shows have been added to the calendar, with many more to come in 2020. Specifically, we have big news for Denver folks that we'll announce very soon. And big thanks to WKNC in Raleigh and the BIRP and Compact Cassette playlists for playing songs from the new album this fall. As always, thanks for supporting Straight White Teeth.

 

-Patrick 

 

10/12/19---DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW 

Straight White Teeth's debut full-length album is out now. 

Listen to Charming Pet GIFs on Spotify, Apple Music, BandCamp, Soundcloud, and anywhere else you enjoy music online. 

"Moody, atmospheric, somber, exultant – all comes at the price of experience and knowledge, succumbed to fruition. Patrick McGuire is Straight White Teeth, and he’s got lots to say to his inner sanctum of previously forsaken comforts."-Comeherefloyd

9/27 "Bespoke" out NOW all major music platforms––Debut Album Charming Pet GIFs Releases on 10/11/2019 

"Bespoke" available now on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and more 

I'm thrilled to announce the release of "Bespoke," the first single from my debut album Charming Pet GIFs. This album explores the impact the internet is having on our collective humanity and the power of genuine love and human connection in the face of adversity. Charming Pet GIFs will release on 10/11/19, and can be heard pretty much wherever you listen to music online. I have lots of news to share in coming months, including select show dates TBA, videos, and more information about the debut, so stay tuned. Thanks, and I hope you like this new music. If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've been supporting me and my music for a long time, and I can't tell you how much that means to me. I'm so excited to share my new work with you.

Listen to the new single here: 

Spotify 
Bandcamp 
SoundCloud 

Love, 

-Patrick (Straight White Teeth) http://www.straightwhiteteethmusic.com

8/21 Debut Album Announcement 

Hi, friends. Welcome to the new Straight White Teeth website. 

I’m elated to announce the upcoming release of my debut album, Charming Pet GIFs. Last winter, I started writing the songs for this album from my home in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. The album explores our collective relationship with technology, and how embracing genuine love is the only way to survive modern uncertainty with our humanity intact. Thanks for supporting the project, and I can’t wait to share my new work with you. More announcements coming soon. 

-Patrick

 

Charming Pet GIFs out on October 11th, 2019. Album art by Ella Trujillo

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