Josef "Mojo" Kainrad - Guitar/ Backing Vocals
Allen Jacob - Bass
Chad Wilbourn - Guitar
Jonathan Russell - Vocals
Born from the ashes of previous efforts, With Teeth arose with a mission to spread God's love the only way they know how: by telling the absolute truth. After being burned by popular churches, religious groups, and friends, Josef "Mojo" Kainrad and Jonathan Russell found each other through the online website Craigslist.com. Oddly enough neither were looking for a band at the time, but were drawn together later and formed the early version of the band and began writing. Within a couple of months, they had recruited Chad Wilbourn and Allen Jacob to round out the line up and set their eyes on their first record.
After bringing in Kellen McGregor (Memphis May Fire) as their producer and Matthew Weir (Sleeping Giant) on drums, the door swung wide open with possibilities and a new level of creativity was achieved; the album began to almost write itself. As guitarists Mojo and Chad infused every bit of their musical experience from soft ambient lulls to ferocious breaks and blasting speed riffs. Mixing the guitars then with Jonathan's vocals and lyrics, coming straight from his personal life. In his dealing with past and present demons of drugs and thoughts of suicide but also softening the blows with prayers and moral words of wisdom, as if it was a personal journal, that no one should have read and shredding though the sounds with perfect timing and attitude to bring his thoughts alive. Proudly named Captives, this effort by With Teeth, speaks of humanity being binded down, but only being held there by their own choice. Breaking free is in everyone's own personal choices.
The name WITH TEETH or WITH T3ETH came from the simple thought, "grab them, and never let go, use your teeth if you must." The music, because of their faith and beliefs, has a message to it that they want to share with everyone. The truth of real struggles, real hardships, real faith, real Christians.