Louisiana band Royal Teeth sign deal with Dangerbird Records

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:56am

Few bands see success as quickly as the Royal Teeth. In just a little over a year the local pop band with roots in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, has taken the music world by storm.

“We just got signed to Dangerbird Records,” Nora Patterson, vocalist for Royal Teeth, explained.

Roughly three weeks ago the band singed with the California-based independent label. The timing, they say, couldn’t be better.

“Now is actually a really good time to sign a deal because live music is back,” Joshua Wells, bass player and veteran musician, explained.

Since solidifying the band has gained significant national recognition. At this year’s South By South West (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, the band was profiled by CNN. The recognition is substantial considering that roughly 1,200 bands flock to the annual festival seeking exposure.

“It’s a little overwhelming,” Patterson revealed when asked how she’s processing the quick rise to success. “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started. I just thought it was going to be something for fun.”

For Patterson and lead vocalist Gary Larsen, the whole experience is a bit surreal. That’s because this is the first time either have performed in a band on this level.

“This is my first band, ever,” Patterson revealed with a smile.

Fortunately, the rest of the band’s members have plenty of experience. Wells (bass), Josh Hefner (percussion), and Andrew Poe (keys) are all former bandmates from a group called Oh, Juliet! That band originated from Lafayette and toured heavily for seven years before breaking up roughly three years ago. After the split, the trio brought in Larsen and Stevie Billeaud (lead guitar). Patterson was the final piece of the puzzle and joined the group in September 2011.

“Things were not as easy for us as it is for this band,” Wells admits. “This is why we held out – we waited for the right deal. We didn’t sign the first thing that threw itself in front of us.”

That decision has put the Royal Teeth in the company of such national acts as Silversun Pickups and Minus the Bear.

“We just fell in love with the label itself and so we’re really happy to be part of their family,” Larsen said about the decision to sign with Dangerbird.

So for half of the Royal Teeth, this is all a brand new adventure. And for the others – it’s the music world equivalent of a fairy tale ending that they missed the first time around.

“People say you get one shot, or you only get 15 minutes of fame,” Wells said. “In this case, I got a second one and it actually worked out.”

The Royal Teeth are about to set out on a nationwide tour with labelmates Fitz and The Tantrums. They will also perform selected dates with The Kooks and 2 Skinnee J’s.

5-11: Hattiesburg, MS – Dere’ LaRouge
5-12: Charleston, SC – The Sparrow
5-14: Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater #
5-15: Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s #
5-16: Norfolk, VA – The Norva #
5-17: Washington, DC – 930 Club #
5-18: Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live #
5-19: New York, NY – Irving Plaza #
5-22: New York, NY – Piano’s
5-26: Boston, MA – House of Blues %
5-27: Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights %
5-31: Ruston, LA – 3 Docs Brewhouse

6-1: Lafayette, LA – Downtown Alive (FREE)
6-1: Broussard, LA – The Station (DTA After Show)
6-2: New Orleans, LA – House of Blues (Dangerbird Signing Party!)

6-5: Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre ^
6-6: Greenville, SC – The Handlebar ^
6-9: Charleston, SC – Music Farm ^
6-10: Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater ^
6-15: Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion ^
7-3: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot ^
7-5: Kansas City, MO – Crossroads ^
7-6: Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest ^

^ with Fitz and the Tantrums
% with The Kooks
# with 2 Skinnee J’s (Reunion Tour)

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