Although the crowd was small at Mac’s Bar on Saturday, Young Empires and Royal Teeth played a great show; and it certainly helped Royal Teeth singer Gary Larsen make space to jump into the crowd with his drum.
At first it seemed like the two bands were a pretty odd combination, with Young Empires being a bit more alternative and mystical and Royal Teeth having more a pop-feel; their vocals differ quite a lot. But in the end it was actually a nice contrast.
The six members of New Orleans band Royal Teeth were packed onto the stage like sardines. It was easy to see that Larsen wanted to move around more than he was physically able to; at one point he stepped on and unplugged guitarist Steve Billeaud’s pedalboard.
Royal Teeth played tunes from their recent EP “Act Naturally” including “Heartbeats,” “My Donna,” and of course ending with their current single “Wild.”
While watching Young Empires two light bulbs came on over my head: first, that this band belongs at Coachella; and second, that there is a band that Young Empires shouldn’t go without playing with, and that is Civil Twilight.
Although the Canadian foursome wasn’t as animated or energetic as their support, with the exception of singer Matthew Vlahovich, the guys of Young Empires impressed fans. A fan had tweeted them earlier in the day asking for “Glory Of The Night” so not only did they play it, they gave the tweeter a shoutout and made sure to find him in the crowd.
Young Empires’ tune “Rain Of Gold” made it onto the FIFA 2013 soundtrack and their single “White Doves” is currently gaining popularity, which of course is the song that ended their set on Saturday at Mac’s.