Teeth & Tongue are set to release a new album in September, following 2014’s acclaimed Grids. The first single is a bratty, Split-Enz-inspired and unapologetically pop-inspired song called ‘Dianne’, and the band are playing a rare show at Northcote Social Club to celebrate its release.
Propelled by relentless synth bass and hyperactive Farfisa keyboard mashing, ‘Dianne,’ in essence, is a song about being a teenager and experiencing bad shit: you’re too old to not notice it happening but too young to anything about it. Musically though, ‘Dianne’ and its accompanying video is all bed-jumping, hair-brush-singing, Fruit-Loops-eating abandon.
Teeth & Tongue, the music project of Jess Cornelius, has evolved into a five-piece live band using sampled drums, live guitars and walls of layered vocals, and weaves together unlikely combinations of dance, post-punk, garage, RnB, folk, disco and pop.
Their last album, Grids, released in 2014 by Dot Dash / Remote Control, was named RRR Album of the Week and Double J Feature Album, and led to appearances at Meredith Music Festival, Boogie, White Night, MONA and NGV Friday Nights, and was nominated for three The Age Music Victoriaawards.
Teeth & Tongue has performed at SXSW and CMJ, appeared on Rockwiz several times, played the Falls and Laneway festivals, toured the USA and Europe, and once spent four weeks making an EP in public at the National Gallery of Victoria. 2015 saw the band tour nationally with Courtney Barnett and Jess was invited to participate in the Nes Artist Residency in North Iceland, where she wrote material for the new record.
The single launch will show off a new band member as well as a whole set of new songs (previewing the forthcoming album), plus some entirely excellent special guests. It’s a Teeth & Tongue show to get pumped for.