Royal Teeth Are Ready to be More Than Wild at Jazz Fest

[Jazz Fest emphasizes one element of rock band Royal Teeth's sound at the expense of another. Outside, the band's anthemic and wordless sing-along passages dominate, but Royal Teeth's music seems airier and lighter outside than it does in a club, where four walls contain and reinforce the energy and the harder sounds.

Royal Teeth Are More Than Just "Wild"

“Wild” has been the calling card for Royal Teeth that just keeps calling. After the New Orleans-based band released the song in 2012, it took on a life of its own and became the soundtrack for a Buick Verano commercial later that year. The song’s percussive enthusiasm and joyful, wordless chorus made it one to which people could map a lot of positive associations, and in 2014 Samsung used the song as well in an ad for the Galaxy S5.

Luxley Has a New Spirit

If Ryan Gray wanted to make money, he picked the counterintuitive route. He was in medical school but realized his heart wasn’t in it, and now he performs under the name Luxley. Luxley isn’t what it started as either, but now he/it has a new EP Spirit, which connects the glossy fun of ’80s electronic pop with contemporary beats.

“Really, I wanted to follow my passion,” Gray says. “I wanted to be a doctor, but Luxley was my passion.”

Royal Teeth Return with "Kids Conspire"

Louisiana rock/pop band Royal Teeth have been best known over the last few years for its giddy onstage energy and "Wild," the song that more or less codifies its sound. Shiny, new wave textures and infectious, often wordless choruses give listeners ways to connect to the band and "Wild" particularly almost instantly. Because of that, The song first released in 2012 got second, third and fourth lives as it was licensed for 10 commercials or PR campaigns, and in 2014 Royal Teeth played it on American Idol.

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