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.
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.