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Last night, I headed out to one of my favorite venues in the city to meet up for an interview with Louisiana bred stand outs Royal Teeth where they woo'd the crowd with their outstanding voices and great live show. A few hours before they hit the stage though, I got the opportunity to sit down with Nora, Gary and Josh of the band in between soundchecks where we talked everything about what's going on with the band these days. I learned about how the songwriting process has changed with the band over the "Wild" EP and into their debut full length album! That record will be dropping August 13th and with a lot of the songs being road tested at last night's show, it's clear that their success will only multiply once the record drops. Read on for our exclusive with the band and come see them on their current headlining tour featuring fellow heavyweights American Authors!

Obviously you guys have been touring a lot in these past few months. What are the three things you must bring with you while on tour?
Gary: It's probably more her. She's got some necessities.
Nora: I bring my computer which doesn't really leave my sight.
Gary: Ever.
Nora: Ever. What else?
Gary: Your big caboodle?
Nora: I have a travel trunk that they call the caboodle because it's this thing that I used in summer camp when I was younger. Made of plastic. Pink and blue and it's full of my clothes and I bring a journal. Like a sketchbook with me everywhere.
Gary: I think really its the computer and cell phone.
Josh: And enough clothes to last a few days.
Gary: Yeah, we're about at that point now with laundry days needed. Oh yeah! I think we should find a little laundromat.

Perfect! Then maybe how has this run been going so far with American Authors? I know you've been playing other shows in addition to the tour with them.
Nora: It's been going really well. The places we haven't been before, they're a little weak but that's to be expected. To have a smaller crowd. The crowds are really great. I mean you can tell that they're real fans and they are happy that you are there so we try to give them a good show.
Gary: Very enthusiastic and they are having a great time. It's our first headliner that we've ever done so it's a whole new kind of nervous where you know that you're kind of the band that the fans are there to see I guess. So you have to put on a great show every night. It's a fun challenge. You get to make real connections with people. Especially in the markets that are new for us. Where we're still kind of building but Boston's been great. Last time we were here was incredible. We played here actually.
Yeah, I interviewed Joe Brooks when you guys did the Rocket Summer tour.
Gary: Oh, right! So we have been here since. This makes how many times?
Nora: Fourth. The first time we played Boston, we got lucky. We played with The Kooks. It was like a add on show. It was at the House of Blues which was the biggest crowd we had played for at that time and that was pretty amazing.
Gary: Great way to introduce ourselves to the city.
Great way to kick it off.
Gary: Exactly. It was right by the stadium. It was kind of cool because we're all big sports fans. So it was kind of cool to see.
Nora: It was fun.
And the EP obviously has come out. Are you guys working on the full length? Are you still going to ride this out?
Gary: Oh, we're just about done with the album. It comes out August 13th so we're just kind of finalizing all the little extra stuff. Getting all the packaging done. It's recorded and we're very excited about that. Especially on this tour, we got to play a lot of the new material so we're set for it to be released. "Wild" is still the first single but we're riding on it and releasing a lot of new music. We're very, very excited for the new stuff to hit.
Then people who have been listening to you know that both of you have lead vocals in this band. How does that affect the writing process or how do you go about the writing?
Nora: Well, Gary explains it better.
Gary: Well, I think when you first joined the band you were a little less involved. This is her first band so she was very new to it. So I kind of would write a lot of the parts and then kind of talk to her about what she felt comfortable doing. How she wanted to interplay and stuff. Now that we went into the studio and we've been doing this for a while, I mean she won't say it but she's grown a ton. So when it comes to writing, it's pretty much split down the middle. Depending on the song, we'll kind of see who feels more comfortable with the vibe of the track and we'll kind of just start writing stuff. We'll kind of critique each other until we're both happy with what we have. I think it helps the process because it makes it more like a back and forth kind of thing on the record. I'm happy that I have some one else to share the work with. Before, with the lyrics and everything it was just me. So now I prefer it that I have a partner to wring it out. You're good at it.
Nora: Well, thanks!
Then maybe because of that on this album where you are being equal parts of the songwriting process, do you think the album sounds different or do you think it stayed pretty similiar?
Gary: Not dramatically different.
Josh: I think the vibe's still there.
Gary: Yeah.
Josh: It's just matured a little.
Gary: Yeah, I like to say that it's a little more intimate then the last one was. The EP was great at introducing the positive energy of the band and I don't think that's gone anywhere. If anything, we went into the studio wanting to feel a little more like our live show. A little more raw and I think some of the material is just a little bit more mature and a little more intimate then some of the EP stuff. The bright positive energy I think we give out, I don't think that's really gone anywhere. Do you agree with that?
Nora: Yeah. (All laugh).
Perfect! Then a soft one for each of you. The first CD or cassette you ever bought as a kid and the first concert you ever went to?
Gary: I have the worst answer for this. Oh my god!
Nora: The first concert I ever went to was Lee Ann Rimes. I was a fan of hers and she was so young and had an amazing voice. The first cassette I remember, my sister bought TLC and I would steal that from her all the time and listen to that for a while.
Gary: Should I say it?
Nora: Just say it.
Gary: I grew up in a weird time. I think the first CD I ever owned was the Backstreet Boys. They had such weird songs. I think my first show was actually NFest which was this heavy rock fest. Staind was there and Papa Roach. My stepdad is like a big heavy rock fan so we did that when I was pretty young and that was my first taste of live shows. Two extremes.
Josh: My first tape was Metallica and my first concert was Metallica. (Everyone laughs) So apparently I was a little metal head. Little in size.
Gary: I had 'The Black Album'. I do, oh goodness!
Then you talked about how the album has a release date. It's coming out in August. You've been touring non stop for a while now. What is coming up? Continue to be touring like you have been? Take a bit of a break to focus on the record?
Gary: I don't think we're taking any breaks.
Nora: Yeah. I think we're just going to try and keep the momentum going. Especially with the album coming out. We're going to go to places we haven't been before and go to places we've been before again until-
Gary: Until we make them sick of us. We won't leave until no one comes.
Nora: Yeah, trying to get new fans and keep going.
Gary: The only thing I can think of us is that 'Wild' has been out for a while and not right now but once it (the album) comes out, we're going to release another single. Put some new music out and see how it does and yeah just tour it a lot. Just kind of play for as many people as possible. You know we had such a great response with the EP that we feel like we can do so much more and we really want to try and capitalize on it and keep going.

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