ROYAL TEETH MOSHES FOR COMMITTED FANS
Going to a live concert can be an incredible experience. Seeing an artist perform their music onstage can give fans a new outlook on their craft.
The best concerts are like having an epiphany, experiencing an art that gives the listener thoughts and feelings they have never felt before. Unfortunately those concerts are becoming few and far between with new music acts exploding and imploding in a matter of days in the modern music market.
Pop-punk band Royal Teeth falls into this category of musical mediocrity that doesn’t necessarily make them bad, but lacks enough new ideas to make them exceptional. The group, who brought their rock stylings to Larimer Lounge on Jan. 18, isn’t exactly anything new, but they stayed true to their style and rocked the room.
Royal Teeth hail from Louisiana, a state known more for dixieland jazz than electro-pop punk. The biggest juxtaposition of their live show is the unconvincing over-the-top stage dancing from their bass player. While this is generally looked upon by performers as a way to engage audience members, when not done well it can be flat-out annoying to watch. His arms flailed through the air like strings tied to some master puppeteer above the stage as he mouthed every lyric to each song. The other band members took less drastic steps in their movements which looked like an apology for their dance-crazed band-mate.
The high-energy group failed to bring in large numbers at Larimer Lounge, but are relatively new and still in the process of gaining momentum, which will hopefully turn into higher attendance for their next stretch in the Mile High City. However, what the audience lacked in attendance they made up for in enthusiasm. The half empty dance floor gave the overly-energetic performance a sense of intimacy and commitment, as if only the “true fans” were the ones willing to stand in pools of old beer to watch the quartet thrash through their set.
Royal Teeth’s songs are designed to make their listeners feel a sense of joy and excitement. Similar to pop-punk relics of the past like Blink-182, but less comical in their delivery. Lead vocalist Nora Patterson’s vocals lay on top of the arpeggiated synths and distorted guitar with a cool, almost careless ease. Reminiscent of Purity Ring vocalist Megan James, but with less of the Barbie Doll aesthetic.
The greatest act of the night didn’t come from Royal Teeth, but from opener Morning Bear an indie/folk group based in Denver and led by singer and songwriter John Runnels. The group featured Evan Shelton, a CU Denver music teacher on cello for the night. Each song was foundationally built on Runnels’ acoustic guitar and rich vocal melodies, but accompanied by lovingly warm textures from the live strings and keyboard pads. Runnels comes off as an experienced performer cracking jokes and talking about his music enough to keep concert-goers interested, but knowing when to shut-up and just play.
Royal Teeth is not a bad band by any means. They know how to write a hook and, they make good attempts at engaging an audience. It wouldn’t be unlikely that they could come up with an incredible piece of music in the near future, but as they stand now, Royal Teeth could be worth a $10 ticket to hang out with friends for a night, but not much more.