Review: Tooth & The Fang (and The Hurricane)

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The Tipsy Muse Cafe, Fredericton, NB | September 7

Matt Carter
Photo: Matt Carter

During what was probably the high point of Hurricane Dorian’s pass through the province last Saturday night, the rain that mercilessly pelted Regent Street’s sidewalks proved to be a deterrent for practically everyone planning a night on the town. Downtown Fredericton was unusually quiet save for a few passing cars and the occasional person running frantically past the venue’s street level windows in some hopeless attempt to avoid getting completely soaked. Destination unknown. 

Earlier in the day, Geoff Smith drove the two hours to Fredericton from Miramichi, where he hosted a songwriter’s circle the night before. While many know Smith as a member of Saint John indie rock revivalists Little You, Little Me, he has also been piloting his solo/occasionally collaborative project Tooth & The Fang for just as long. 

Before a small audience of friends and supporters who chose to leave the safety of their homes on a particularly messy evening, Smith shared songs and stories across two sets, playing music from past releases as well as a handful of new songs from his forthcoming album.  It was a very intimate show with Smith often conversing directly with members of the audience between songs, taking questions and talking music.

Through what may be best described as a heavy whisper, Smith sang songs of heartbreak and failed relationships, each packed with emotion and sincerity. 

Smith is a gifted songwriter whose music could easily captivate a room full of the most staunch folk aficionados. It was a real treat to see him perform in such an intimate setting. 

Watch for new music from Tooth & The Fang coming soon.  


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