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Album Review: Royal Teeth

Glow (Dangerbird)



Lafayette's latest trade is in pop music exports. From confetti-covered and face-painted GIVERS to power-pop craftsmen Brass Bed, the town's roster of ambitious, up-and-coming pop outfits has caught attention well outside Acadiana's bustling (and growing) Cajun music scenes. Royal Teeth — whose members met at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and hail from Baton Rouge, Chalmette and Slidell — crafts the kind of earnest, wide-eyed pop you'd hear in an Apple commercial or in the big climax of a teen drama. Think gently plucked strings, piano-driven rockers and call-to-action anthems: "Throw out the map, break out the windows, never look back, chasing our shadows/ We're vagabonds, living on the run. We do, we take, whatever we want," harmonized in perfect pitch by singers Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson on "Vagabonds." On Royal Teeth's full-length debut Glow, released in August on Dangerbird Records (home to Minus the Bear and Silversun Pickups), the band pairs lush studio production with whimsical, 21st century pop — embellished with handclaps, sticks and shakers for percussion, massive choruses of "whoas," whistles and big, jubilant choruses.

  Before the album's release, the band already landed festival slots, TV appearances and national headlining tours. The group toured behind its 2012 EP Act Naturally, featuring the single "Wild" (also on GLOW), which captures the band's dedicated take on relentlessly positive, youthful pop: "Just because we're growing up, it doesn't mean we've had enough./ When times are hard we'll smile and say we're not afraid of anything."

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