they were seriously one of my favorite bands in high school. that first EP, Like A Moth To (Before?) A Flame, was so clutch and then Mander Salis hit and everything went clusterfuck for me with them. i miss them alot now, thinking about it.
One of my favorite bands of all time. I have never enjoyed a CD in its entirety the way I enjoyed Mander Salis. Its one of the most complete albums I've come across, without a weak point in any song. My username is track number 9 from that album and one of the most flawless songs I have ever heard. Cotton Teeth was phenomenal, gutsy, and fresh, unfortunately perhaps too much so, because it never caught on with the public.
I hope these guys find the time to pull out a handful of new songs, even if they bypass touring, promotional shit, merchandise, etc. They are one of a small handful of bands that know exactly what they're doing.
If you watch the documentary (which is incredible- interesting, powerful performances and beautifully shot), it seems pretty clear that their slow death was partly because they never got the credit or fanbase they deserved, yes- but much, much more because of their laziness. They just never had the desire to tour as much as you have to to make it. They didn't want to do really any of the things you have to do to be in a band, other than play music. I can 100% see where they're coming from- shouldn't making incredible music be enough? But it's not. They know that, and they weren't up for the challenge. It sucks, but thats life. And that's why they've disappeared.
It also seems fairly clear that there will be music eventually, either from the band as a whole or just a few key members (i.e. the singer). Maybe I'm taking suggestive quotes and making them out to be much more, but I think there will eventually be another album. Maybe a brief tour or just a few shows in key places, but at least another album. God, I hope so. I don't think you can create music that good, eventually finding their sound, and then just stop entirely.
Mander Salis and especially cotton Teeth live in my car and goddamn, what great albums to drive and sing along to. Please make more music. Please.