Baring Teeth's Andrew Wiggins On Cannibal Corpse, Being Bitten in the Face By a Dog

Categories: My First Show

Stephanie Mitchell
Local metal trio Baring Teeth have a few great shows coming up, including one at Tapatio Studios tomorrow, with Gaza, Code Orange Kids and Full of Hell. We talked to guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wiggins about his musical firsts.

What did you own first, a cassette or a CD? Regardless of the format, who was the artist and what was the album?
I owned cassettes quite earlier than I had CDs. The first cassette I remember owning was Queen's Live at Wembley Stadium. I have a pretty strong memory of listening to that on our family's stereo when I was eight or so.

What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I took piano lessons when I was little, way before I started playing guitar. I didn't get serious about learning guitar until I was 14, but I already had some knowledge of the piano by then. I had played percussion in the school band by that point, too.

What was the first show you paid your own money to see?
I think it was Weezer, Tenacious D and Jimmy Eat World in Fort Worth, maybe at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Being the stupid kid that I was, I dropped $30 on a signed copy of the Blue Album on CD, which I busted out a few days ago, oddly enough. Also, I couldn't drive yet, so my dad had to drop me off and pick me up; I have no idea what he did in the time in between.

Any of you guys fans of documentaries on metal bands? I'm a huge fan of that three-hour documentary on Cannibal Corpse, as well as the Lesser Lights of Heaven documentary on Zao.
I love music documentaries in general, especially ones focusing on metal. Lately there have been more and more of them popping up that revolve around metal bands, which is really great for a nerd like me. I've never watched the Zao documentary, but I've seen the Cannibal Corpse one more times than I'm willing to admit. Some Kind of Monster is one that I love, too, but I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that. I'd also like to watch the At the Gates retrospective.

So far, what's the worst thing that's happened on stage when you've played?
Thankfully we haven't had any major disasters on stage, but I had a technical issue with the power supply for a pedal once that made my signal cut in and out erratically; we had to stop playing in the middle of our first song so I could fix it. It was a pretty important show for us, and it was embarrassing to have that happen so early in the set. We finished the song and the set without any other problems, and it wasn't really anything I could have prevented, but I was still pretty pissed about it.

Playing with the band's name, have any of you ever been bitten by an animal?
I wasn't aware of this before you asked, but we've all been bitten by dogs before. My grandfather's German Shepard bit me in the face when I was five or six, and Jason and Scott were both bit in the leg. I also had several other close calls when I worked at an animal clinic.

Baring Teeth plays tomorrow, December 6, at Tapatio Studios with Gaza, Code Orange Kids and Full of Hell.

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