Research Turtles

Research Turtles

 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA

An energetic mix of pop and rock that is fun, honest, and at times nostalgic.


Born on the bayou in the musical no-man’s-land of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Research Turtles are a bold, visionary rock and roll group that grabs you with their soulful sound and doesn’t let you go. Despite their roots down south, the band sounds like an import, with British-invasion influenced riffs and effortlessly harmonized vocals that capture listeners and plunge them straight back to the early days of the Beatles and The Who. Their self-titled debut album, released August of 2009, propels them past the country-and-death-metal-studded swamp of their origin and into the clouds of melodic, pop-infused rock and roll.

Brothers and founders Jud and Joe Norman inherited their love of music from their father and uncle, the former introducing them to the Beatles and buying them their first guitars, and the latter, from Los Angeles, mailing them shoe boxes full of CDs they’d never heard by bands like The Kinks, Pavement, and Velvet Underground.

Although all four members of Research Turtles were born in Lake Charles, even graduating St. Louis High School just a few years apart, they didn’t unite as musicians until lead singer Jud returned to Lake Charles after graduating from LSU. Itching to make some noise, he and his brother Joe grabbed the best musicians they knew—their best friends, Logan Fontenot and Blake Thibodeaux—and with Jud’s creative vision guiding the band, they united under the name Research Turtles. Soon, they were opening for headlining bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket and making waves at the famed Tipitina’s in New Orleans.

The Research Turtles LP was recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana and produced by Justin Tocket (Marc Broussard, Sons of William), and unites the band’s southern roots with their diverse influences, creating a sound that’s part clean, sweetly polyphonic pop and part aggressive retro-rock. Bob Segarnini of Sirius Satellite Radio recognized,

“From the Everly Brothers, through the British Invasion, into the New Wave, the punk era Ramones, and the Neil Young/Nirvana/Foo Fighters grunge guitars, these guys, like all great artists, are a product of their love of music, honoring the past, and being able to bring something new to the table.”

From the soaring vocals of the opening track, “Let’s Get Carried Away,” to the harder-edged “Cement Floor,” to the low, steady swing of “Into a Hole,” Research Turtles’ debut shows that they’re a band that knows where they come from but don’t give a damn.



Written By: Jud Norman

Funny that I feel this way
Did not feel this yesterday
ChillinÕ high up in the sky
With you sitting by my side
I will buy a rubber band
I will tie it to our hands
So we donÕt get lost no more
Like we did before

Damn, I can feel your heartbeat

All the other girls I had
Broke my heart and made me sad
I donÕt wanna hurt again
Let me be your boyfriend
Carve our love into a tree
For the other boys to see
Promise me you will be true
Say you love me, too

She puts the sweetness inside my glass
She stirs it in with a piece of grass
SheÕs got a scar covered by her hair
SheÕs got a...


-Research Turtles, "Time Machine" E.P. 2008

-Research Turtles, "Research Turtles" 2009

Set List

Break My Fall
Let's Get Carried Away
Into a Hole
Kiss Her Goodbye
The Riff Song
Cement Floor
Where You Want Me