When you hear Royal Teeth, you probably think of those joyous, adventurous sounds.
The band’s wordless choruses on songs like “Wild” propelled them to national attention and even recognition from a few record labels.
But three years removed from its debut full-length LP, “Glow,” lead singer Gary Larsen admits the band has been restless.
“We’re ready to get moving,” Larsen said.
This time around, the band isn’t going by some grand scheme. No, to borrow a phrase from the band’s debut EP, the band is acting naturally.
“We’re not trying to put a master plan together,” Larsen said. “It’s more organic. When we feel like something’s ready and good, we’ll do that and do it right.”
Just this week, Royal Teeth released a new single, called “Kids Conspire.” Larsen said the band will release an EP this summer and more music throughout the year.
Since the band released its debut on Dangerbird Records, Larsen admits there have been ups and downs. From 2012-2014, it seemed like the band was on one big relentless tour.
“If I told you the amount of shows we played ... it was staggering,” he said. “When we got signed, those first three years were crazy.”
Being signed and having a hit single are no doubt what bands want. But the reality is while you’re pushing out that single, tons of other bands are coming in, touring and having songs. The lifestyle of a touring musician isn’t all money and happiness.
After “Glow” was released, the band bought itself out of their deal. But shortly after parting with Dangerbird, the band was courted by another record label Elektra. Soon, though, the major label and band parted ways.
“There were moments when we were unsure of our future,” Larsen said. “The material got a little tougher, a little angrier.”
The band went back to South Carolina to work with producer Eric Bass on a few songs. Bass helped shape the band’s sound on its EP, “Act Naturally.”
The blessing about the break from releasing music or albums is that Royal Teeth hadn’t put themselves in a bind with the labels. There were no shelved releases. They are back to square one, but it’s a familiar space that comes with maturity.
“It’s easier for us to write about what’s happening to us now,” Larsen said. “I can’t put out just a total bummer song, but we as a band — we’re not going to give up. That’s the great, hopeful message we wanted our songs to have. We’re going to make this work.”
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This story has been updated since its original publication.