Review: Royal Teeth goes ‘Wild’ at Samsung stage

The New Orleans pop band Royal Teeth has had a good spring. Members performed their best-known song, “Wild,” on “American Idol,” and were spotlighted by NPR’s “All Songs Considered” after they played the film and music festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March.

On the windswept Samsung Galaxy Stage Sunday, singer Gary Larsen was in constant motion, bouncing around the stage, returning to his mike to sing or attack a drum stationed there. Vocal partner Nora Patterson worked to hold her ground in the face of the wind.

It was quickly clear that the band’s sound was sweetened by pre-recorded vocal and keyboard parts, and while that’s unusual for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it didn’t affect the crowd, which was right with the band singing and clapping when prompted.

After a while, the high spirits, ’80s sonic palette and wordless sing-alongs begged for a change-up that didn’t come.

But when Royal Teeth ended with the undeniable “Wild” — which has all those traits — it was exactly what everybody wanted.

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