[LIVE REVIEW] Royal Teeth @ SXSW 2013
ROYAL TEETH | MARCH 15, 2013 | BUFFALO BILLIARDS | AUSTIN
We met Joshua Wells, bassist of Royal Teeth, in a bar off 7th Street. He was beaming and buying rounds because the band had just sold their single to be used in a Lipton ad. We'd chosen to go along to Side Bar to get away from 6th street's over-crowded, drunken chaos. Sitting out the back in the beer garden discussing music, southern hospitality and Macklemore* over a few beers and several more whiskeys we agreed to head over to watch them play the next day.
We arrived at Buffalo Billiards on 6th street, grabbed a Lonestar (standard) and joined the back of an impressively large crowd, most of whom sang and bopped along to the band's most successful single 'Wild', from their debut EP 'Act Naturally'. Their set was full of energy, the band interacted well with each other and the audience on stage, vocalists Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson harmonising perfectly, Larsen occasionally fiercely beating on a drum. During the set they also treated us to a version of Jose Gonzalez/The Knife's 'Heartbeats', which was a definite crowd pleaser.
This Luisiana electronic/indie/pop six-piece has all the right elements; male and female vocals, a Glee-like frontman with a drum, token red-head, Macklemore lookalike, even a beard or two. Their indie-pop sound is uplifting, catchy and accessible, it's no wonder they were picked by CNN music to do an exclusive acoustic set through their competition on twitter, the video of which you can watch here.
*Despite the fact he doesn't prance around town in a vintage fur coat, Wells told us he often gets mistaken for Macklemore, although he insists had the haircut first.