Formed in March of 2020, Sabertooth began as only Tyler Mitchem, and Declan Schoonover after reconnecting in the early stages of the United States Corona pandemic. With Tyler playing both lead, and rhythm guitar, and Declan playing drums the first formation of Sabertooth was born.
Drawing vocal influence from Kurt Cobain, the static energy of Ty Segall, and doom-groove of Agent Orange, Tyler began creating lyrics, and testing the waters on which direction the puzzle pieces would fit.
While on the other side of the room Declan quickly started utilizing the pulse, and percussion knowledge he had attained from years of high-school band, and previous projects.
After practicing every night in that mall basement room for hours on end they had landed their first gig; The R.A.T.H.O.L.E of McAllister, Oklahoma. Eventually leading to a secondary private show to a now non-disclosed location.
Fast forward to August of that same year the two forming members agreed that Declan would now be lead guitar, and secondary vocals... Influence for vocals came from the tone of A Day To Remember, and the heavy punk of Neck deep. With lead guitar Influences ranging from Avenged Sevenfold, to System of a Down, to Nirvana; but that left a spot open that had to be filled; they needed a drummer. But who?
Enter Alex Holston. A drummer for 5+ years, with his sound influenced by Metallica, TOOL, and Slipknot. The longtime friend of both Declan, and Tyler. After a late night discussion between both Ty and Declan they had decided to talk with Alex about joining. He immediately said yes and the now trio began practicing that very week.
Their first show as the newly formed group started playing shows in Tulsa Oklahoma on the stage of Blackbird on Pearl.
Playing and head-lining in every show that they could find during the pandemic.
Concluding amongst themselves that they needed to record the 7-track album, and fast, Declan found Oakwood Studios where the trio recorded the first song: TOOTH.
On that drive home from recording they discussed the idea of bringing a bassist into the band. It was settled, they were becoming a full act.
Nick Wooldridge who had been in a previous project with Alex was first on the list; he loved the idea and began learning as much as he could about bass from his previous guitar playing. With the sounds of Alice in Chains, Skid Row, and Suicidal Tendencies Nick was a natural fit. Practicing with the band only weeks later.
Sabertooth have since then played along side: Counter Culture Prophet, Wolf Ugly, (A)ether, The Action Bastards, Harakiri, Sodos, Shelter in Place, Perseus, and many more notable acts.
The group are currently in the studio recording their debut album due out July 2021, with the running title of "Swingset" and the genre defined as Doom-Punk.
The Normandys are a 5 piece original rock band from Tulsa, OK that consists of seasoned musicians from the punk/hardcore scene. Jay Horn, Weston Horn, Sean Degan, Les Hodge, and Pete Webb bring a clean and mature sound to their unique brand of working class punk rock. Just off the heels of wrapping up their full length album, “Booze, Bitterness & Broken Hearts,” The Normandys are already writing new material, and performing more and more as their album gains traction.
The Normandys are best known for their high energy, sing-a-long style live shows. Lead singer Jay Horn is the ring leader and sets the hyperactive pace, while Pete Webb and Les Hodge maintain a deep pocket for Weston Horn and Shawn Degan to play dynamic, melodic guitar parts over.
All in all, once you hear The Normandys you will see that the talent and writing style sets them apart from other bands in the same genre, but when you see them live that point is driven home with a jolt of energy, charisma, and maybe a shot of whiskey.
"The Normandys Booze, Bitterness, Broken Hearts album has restored my faith in punk music. Bred in a Hepatitis Bathtub and bottle fed on whiskey, The Normandys don't disappoint." -Drew McKenna, Radio Personality - KHIT's Tulsa OK