Teeth & Tongue

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Teeth & Tongue
Origin Wellington, New Zealand
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Dot Dash Recordings, Remote Control Records, Inertia Records, Omnian Music Group
Website www.teethandtongue.com
Members See members section below

Teeth & Tongue is the music project of Melbourne-based, New Zealand-born songwriter and musician Jess Cornelius. The moniker is a stage name for Cornelius's solo performances and also refers to her collaborative work with various band members.


Cornelius's debut record Monobasic received critical acclaim from Australian media,[1] including rotation airplay on Triple J and FBi Radio, ‘album of the week’ on Radio Adelaide, and reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine, Triple J Magazine, Who Weekly and Yen Magazine. Teeth & Tongue was chosen as a Triple J Next Crop artist in 2009.[2]

Her 2nd album Tambourine, also recorded under the name Teeth & Tongue, was released in 2011 through Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records, earning Album of the Week on RRR fm,[3] Radio Adelaide, RTR fm and Edge Radio. The Age gave it four stars, The Vine called it "One of the best Australian releases this year", and the first single 'Unfamiliar Skirts' earned an EG Awards nomination for song of the year.[4]

A USA tour and SXSW 2012 showcases followed, with US press coverage from VH1,[5] Nylon Magazine and MTV. Teeth & Tongue returned to the USA with a full band for CMJ Music Marathon where she was featured in USA TODAY’s ‘CMJ 2012: What you should be listening to NOW 2012,[6] along with a live performance on iconic East Village Radio.[7] That same year Teeth & Tongue was nominated for a second EG Award, for Outstanding Achievement.

2012 also saw Cornelius tour as a guest performer on a live 12-date SBS RocKwiz tour,.[8] and has appeared on the television show twice: in 2011 with Mike Rudd (dueting on Roy Orbison's Crying) [9] and in 2013 singing Take Another Little Piece of my Heart with Joe Camilleri.[10]

In 2013 Cornelius was involved as an artist in the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Wired For Melbourne Sound’ exhibition, where a number of musicians wrote and recorded an EP live in a public gallery.[11] Evelyn Morris was also a part of the project.

Teeth & Tongue's 3rd album, Grids was released in March 2014, via Remote Control Records. It was named Album of the Week on RRR fm, Radio Adelaide, and Beat Magazine,[12] and Feature Album on ABC's Double J and RTR Radio. Music website thevine.com.au called it 'stunning'.[13] The second single and video off 'Grids' was Good Man, which premiered on Pages Digital, and [14] was described as ‘jawdropping’ and ‘breathtaking’ by AIR.[15] The next single, Newborn, featured Laura Jean and was launched with an accompanying video featuring syncopated dance moves by body builders. Peter Luscombe also contributed to the record. The album led to three The Age Music Victoria Award nominations, for Best Band, Best Album and Best Female Artist.[16]

In 2014, Teeth & Tongue expanded to a 5-piece to recreate the full Grids album. That year the group performed at Meredith Music Festival,[17] Boogie Festival, White Night Melbourne, Friday Nights at the National Gallery of Victoria and New Year's Eve, as well as touring Australia to promote Grids—including a performance at MONA in Tasmania.

In February 2015 Cornelius was invited to take part in the Nes Artist Residency [18] in Skagastrond, North Iceland, for two months, where she worked on new material.


Teeth & Tongue has supported J Mascis, Vance Joy, EMA, The Drones, The Mountain Goats, The Dodos, Laura Marling, Courtney Barnett, Juana Molina, Sons and Daughters (band), Jack Ladder, Adalita and Dan Kelly in Australia.

Teeth & Tongue toured Europe in 2010, playing Gea Festival[19] in Tarragona alongside Lydia Lunch.

Teeth & Tongue has played at several festivals, including Meredith Music Festival,[20] Falls Festival, St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Boogie Festival, Beechworth Festival, and the White Night festivals in Melbourne.




Year Title Format Released Label
2008 Monobasic CD
November 2008 Inertia Records
2011 Tambourine CD
June 2011 Dot Dash
Remote Control Records
2014 Grids 12" vinyl
March 2014
2016 Give Up on Your Health 12" vinyl
September 2016 Dot Dash
Remote Control Records
Captured Tracks


Year Title Released Label
2008 "There Is a Lightness to My Bones" November 2008 Crystal Chain / Inertia
2009 "Sad Sun" November 2009 Inertia
2012 "The Party Is You" September 2012 Dot Dash
2013 "Good Man" October 2013
2014 "Newborn" (featuring Laura Jean) February 2014
2016 "Dianne" July 2016
"Turn, Turn, Turn" August 2016


  1. ^ Carew, Anthony (9 June 2011). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". The Age. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Steph (24 November 2009). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". Triple J. 
  3. ^ Winkler, Simon. "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". RRR. 
  4. ^ Mihelakos, Mary (7 October 2011). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". The Age. 
  5. ^ Graham, Mark (27 March 2012). "Teeth & Tongue Beguiles A Small But Fervent Crowd In New York City". VH1. 
  6. ^ Marshalek, Russ (22 October 2014). "CMJ 2012: What You Should Be Listening To NOW". USA Today. 
  7. ^ Rourke, Andy (22 October 2012). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". East Village Radio. 
  8. ^ "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Video". RocKwiz. 11 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jess Cornelius and Mike Rudd perform 'Crying' on RocKwiz". Internet Movie Database. 
  10. ^ "Jess Cornelius and Joe Camilleri on RocKwiz". Wikimp3.org. 
  11. ^ Dolan, Kath (14 September 2014). "Scene and Heard | Music | Review". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  12. ^ Girdler, Chris (March 2014). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Interview". Beat Magazine. 
  13. ^ Cleland, Jake (21 March 2014). "Teeth & Tongue's Jess Cornelius: "I'm taking a few more risks" | Music | Review". The Vine. 
  14. ^ Moy, Erin (14 October 2013). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Video". Pages Digital. 
  15. ^ Independent, AIR (22 November 2013). "Teeth & Tongue | Music | Video". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. 
  16. ^ Age, The (17 October 2014). "Vote In The Age EG Awards". The Age. 
  17. ^ "Who's Playing Meredith Music Festival | Music | Listing". Meredith Music Festival. 
  18. ^ "NES Artists 2015". March 2015. 
  19. ^ "GEA 2010 - Festival Internacional de Música Independent de Tarragona". Yours In Music. 10 June 2010. 
  20. ^ Cahill, Mikey (17 December 2014). "REVIEW: Meredith Music Festival with De La Soul, Teeth & Tongue and more | Music | Review". Herald Sun. 

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