Royal Teeth

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Royal Teeth
Origin Louisiana, United States
Genres Indie pop, dance-rock
Years active 2010–present
Labels Elektra
Members Gary Larsen
Nora Patterson
Thomas Onebane
Josh Hefner
Past members Andrew Poe
Steve Billeaud
Joshua Wells
Shawn Heaps

Royal Teeth is an American indie pop band from Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, formed in 2010. The group consists of singer and guitarist Gary Larsen, singer Nora Patterson, guitarist Thomas Onebane, bassist Joshua Wells, and drummer Josh Hefner. They released their debut EP Act Naturally in 2011 and debut LP "Glow" in 2013.[1]



Gary Larsen became acquainted online with Wells, Hefner, and keyboardist Andrew Poe, all of whom were at the time members of the band Oh Juliet based in Lafayette, Louisiana. After the group's dissolution in 2010, Wells invited Larsen to move to Lafayette to work on a new musical project. The duo were eventually joined by Wells' ex-bandmates Poe and Hefner, and guitarist Steve Billeaud.[2] The band was completed by the addition of Baton Rouge native Patterson.[3]

Act Naturally (2010–2012)[edit]

The duo's initial music was mostly folk-driven,[3] but shifted to a more electronic-based full band sound as more and more members were added. Royal Teeth recorded their 5-track debut extended play Act Naturally in Charleston, South Carolina[3] with producer Eric Bass and released it July 2011. Upon their signing with Dangerbird Records in April 2012, "Act Naturally" was re-released on May 8, 2012 [4] The EP features the song "Wild" along with a cover of The Knife's single "Heartbeats".

After the release of Act Naturally, the band went on tour nationally, performing at festivals including CMJ, ACL, Snowglobe, Summerfest, SXSW 2012[citation needed] alongside bands such as The Kooks,[5] Fitz and The Tantrums, and Walk The Moon.[3]

Royal Teeth's first tour was opening for the 2012 reunion of NY Nerdcore act 2 Skinnee J's.[citation needed]

Glow (2013–present)[edit]

In February 2013, Royal Teeth travelled to Toronto to begin recording their debut full-length studio album "Glow" with Gavin Brown (Metric).[3] On March 25, 2013, the band appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly performing "Wild". Royal Teeth released Glow, on August 13, 2013 via Dangerbird Records.[4] 2013 also included performances at Boston Calling, SXSW, CMJ, Jazzfest, Voodoo Music Experience and tours with The Mowglis, American Authors, Said The Whale, and The Rocket Summer.

After Glow's release, Poe and Billeaud left the band, which was then joined by another ex-Oh Juliet member, guitarist Thomas Onebane.

On March 20, 2014, Royal Teeth made a guest appearance on season 13 of American Idol, performing "Wild".[6] Touring behind their debut LP, the band played marquee festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,[7] as well as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Bunbury, Summerfest, Voodoo Music Experience and SXSW.

"Wild" has been featured several times in commercials, ads, and TV, including the launches of the Samsung Galaxy S5,[7][8] and Buick Verano, State Farm, Bose, American Eagle, Metro AG, The Voice, 90210, ESPN, TLC, PBS, Yahoo & Fox. "Wild" was also featured on the popular soccer video game EA Sports' FIFA13, as well as the soundtrack and movie G.B.F.

April 21, 2015, Royal Teeth announced that they had signed with Elektra Records. The band is currently working on its major label debut, to be released in 2016.

April 11, 2016, it was reported that the band and Elektra Records had "parted ways".[9]

Band members[edit]



Sound Engineer[edit]

  • Kieran McIntosh


Studio albums[edit]

  • Glow (2013)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Act Naturally (2011)[10]
  • Amateurs (2016)


  1. ^ "Royal Teeth: Act Naturally". Dangerbird Records. Dangerbird Records LLC. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Spera, Keith. "New Orleans/Lafayette indie-pop band Royal Teeth hopes to 'Glow' nationwide with new CD". NOLA Media Group. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Royal Teeth Bio". MTV Artists. MTV. Retrieved 23 August 2014. The band announcing its signing to Elektra Records on April 21, 2015
  4. ^ a b "Royal Teeth". Ltd. Retrieved 23 Aug. 2014.
  5. ^ "Who The Hell Is: Royal Teeth?". Popblerd. Popblerd & Friends. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Walker, Dave. "Royal Teeth gets 'American Idol' spotlight from Harry Connick Jr.". NOLA Media Group. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Langenhennig, Susan. "Royal Teeth ratchets up the energy at the New Orleans Jazz. Fest". NOLA Media Group. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Galaxy S 5 -- The Next Big Thing Is Here". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
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  10. ^ Allen, Daniel. "Royal Teeth - Appraisal & Playlist". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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