A unique 6-track release from one of the most significant and influential East Coast Scottish hip-hop bands, Eaters.
Bite Marks started life as a 'best of' - the six original tracks were taken from two of Eaters albums (Digest and Wives). As the band were compiling the material for the collection, they took the decision to remix each track.
The resulting work is not just a great starting point for those new to the Eaters music, but also a bold and exciting preview of what's to come. The band's legacy extends back to 1997 (as Laughing Gear explains on the band's site), and they have a lot of history and experience to look back on.
Bite Marks is the Eaters doing this directly, reimagining their back catalgoue while moving forward to new sonic territory. As always, Eaters remain hip-hop purists in their own particular way. Laughing Gear gets straight to the point when describing the band's ethos:
"In my opinion, to make good rap music, hip hop music, it has to be fresh. When the whole music had it's roots in competition it had to be about being better through improvement, through pushing the boundary, through evolution. All my understanding of hip hop comes from records and interviews as I was never in New York during the early eighties, so it may have been nonsense. Regardless, that is what I believe hip hop is about and that is what Eaters are about."
So what can you expect? Lots of live instrumentation. Brutally frank lyrics that dissect society, science fiction and hiphop with wit and savage wordplay. Electro roots embracing punk and rock sentiments, politics and instruments. In short, the best hip-hop band you wish you'd heard of years ago.