We’re about to approach the 1-year anniversary of that sad, sad day when Bombay Bicycle Club made the devastating announcement on their Facebook page, “right now we aren’t working on any new music and don’t have plans to do so any time soon. We aren’t breaking up…” NEED I SAY MORE? Many cried (myself included), and I’m sure if you didn’t already know by now, then you’re probably feeling emotional. These boys deserved a break, but in the same announcement we were made aware that members of the band would continue to create as solo musicians. They weren’t shutting the door, in fact this allowed us to perceive the members of the band in a way that was harder to identify before as a collective.
Today we are blessed with the debut album from bassist Ed Nash’s solo project Toothless. The Pace of the Passing features: Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts), Marika Hackman, The Staves, and Liz Lawrence, one of the previous touring vocalists and Bombay Bicycle Club collaborators. Tucked near the middle of the album is “Party for Two” (which Lawrence is featured on), an instant standout on the record with their “made-for-each-other” harmonies hooking you from the very beginning. The previously released singles stand strong, and overall Nash’s talent is admirable and honest at best. While Jack Steadman shared the production role with Nash, Suren de Saram did contribute his recognizable drumming skills to a bit of the record.
“To all intents and purposes, Toothless and his debut record have been carefully conceived by Nash. Everything up to and including the album’s artwork ties into the central themes that run throughout the record including astronomy, myths, and, naturally, the passing of time.
As curious a moniker as it may seem, the name Toothless comes from a Raymond Pettibon drawing. The US artist (infamous amongst the 1980s LA punk scene for his gig posters) drew a tiger biting off a boy’s head with the caption, “Even toothless, she can still bite off a boy’s head.” The idea of something being toothless, but still having bite struck Ed as strangely compelling. Nobody expects ‘side projects’ to achieve very much, especially the side project of a bass player and so the name stuck.”
WELL DONE ED. You did this right, and now Let Your Ears Decide is even more fascinated with you than before. Click here to grab this album from available online outlets. This album deserves to be listened to from front to back, trust us.