Pulling a crowd not hard for Pulling Teeth

Ahead of their sec­ond live gig, Abby Brown caught up with lo­cal Me­tal­lica cover band Pulling Teeth.

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Af­ter at­tract­ing a huge crowd at their first gig, Pulling Teeth are re­hears­ing hard for their sec­ond lo­cal con­cert this Satur­day.

Pulling Teeth are a Mata­mata based Me­tal­lica cover band and their first gig in town at­tracted more than lo­cal bar Horse and Jockey Inn’s ca­pac­ity of 140 could han­dle.

There was a line out the door and people dancing in the car park, lead singer and gui­tarist Rob­bie Reid said.

The band should not have the plug pulled by sound con­trol this time, as they are play­ing in­side rather than out­side.

Reid’s love for Me­tal­lica be­came a bit of prob­lem for his pre­vi­ous band.

‘‘The prob­lem was ev­ery sec­ond song I wanted to play was a Me­tal­lica song,’’ he said.

So he started the band in Fe­bru­ary with Ree­gan Ste­wart on rhythm gui­tar and Lo­gan Mckee on bass.

Ste­wart’s brother was the lineup’s orig­i­nal drum­mer. Mike Car­roll was asked via Face­book if he wanted to re­place him about five weeks ago.

‘‘He said ‘ Yeah as long as it’s the fast stuff’,’’ Reid said.

They play the fast, thrash metal Me­tal­lica wrote in the 80s like Seek and De­stroy and The Four Horse­men.

They also play songs like En­ter Sand­man which saw Me­tal­lica gain main­stream suc­cess in the 90s, as well as songs Me­tal­lica cov­ered on their Garage Inc CD.

Copy­ing Me­tal­lica’s habit of get­ting fans to vote on which songs should be in the set list back­fired for Pulling Teeth’s first gig as Black­ened was re­quested. The band now know how to play it.

The age dif­fer­ence be­tween Reid and Car­roll, who are 30 and 25 re­spec­tively, and Ste­wart and Mckee, both 15, is not a prob­lem.

‘‘Talent and at­ti­tude are the most im­por­tant things; no one cares about the age dif­fer­ence,’’ Reid said.

‘‘We have gelled as a band and Re­gan is as good at gutair as I am.’’

The band is re­hears­ing for three hours each weekend in the lead up to their sec­ond gig this weekend.

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