Teeth & Tongue

Teeth & Tongue

 Northcote, Victoria, AUS

Teeth & Tongue is Jess Cornelius, whose debut album 'Monobasic' delivered dreamy scuzz-rock with catchy pop hooks. Named Triple J Next Crop artist, played Falls, Laneway and SXSW festivals and toured Europe and USA. Second album Tambourine (on Remote Control) named one of the best Oz releases of 2011 by The Vine.


Teeth & Tongue is the music project of New Zealand born, Melbourne based musician Jess Cornelius. With a combination of hypnotic 505 drum-machine beats and slow, bent-out-of-shape guitar lines, the songs weave themselves throughout heartbreak and simmering discontent.

Teeth & Tongue's second album, Tambourine, came out in April 2011 though Dot Dash/Remote Control, earning RRR Album of the Week and rave reviews across Australia. The Age gave it four stars, and The Vine called it "One of the best Australian releases this year". The first single, 'Unfamiliar Skirts' earned an EG Awards nomination (Song of the Year) and Tambourine was longlisted for the Australian Music Prize 2012.

The album release was followed up with a massive North American tour in 2012, playing a slew of dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Texas, New York and Toronto. Showcases at both SXSW and CMW were well received, as were Jess' three consecutive New York shows (and three consecutive nights in her awesome floral onesy!) In the Big Apple she caught the ears of East Village Radio (performing a live-to-air set on The Smith’s Andy Rourke’s radio show) and MTV’s Vh1, impressing with her lo-fi solo sets at Glasslands, Pianos & Rockwood Music Hall.

Her debut record Monobasic received critical acclaim from Australian media, including rotation airplay on triple j and FBi, ‘album of the week’ on Radio Adelaide, and stellar reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine, jmag, Who Weekly and Yen Magazine.

Teeth and Tongue has gone on to perform at the 2009 Falls Festival in Lorne, Australia; the 2010 Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Australia; and has shared the stage with the likes of J Mascis (USA), EMA (USA), The Dodos (USA), Juana Molina (Argentina), Grant Hart of Husker Du (USA), The Mountain Goats (USA), THE Duke Spirit, (UK), Bachelorette (NZ) and The Drones.

2012 is jam-packed: Teeth & Tongue is currently recording a new album and is about to embark on an Australian-wide tour as a performing guest on SBS Television’s music show Rockwiz.

- North American tour in 2012 - shows in LA, SF, NYC, Austin, Toronto; at SXSW & CMW

- Australian tour supports in 2012: J Mascis, Sons & Daughters, EMA, Wagons

- Performed at the 2010 Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Australia alongside Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons, The Dirty Three, Daniel Johnston, N.A.S.A, The XX, The Black Lips.

- Supported The Dodos (USA), Juana Molina (Argentina), Grant Hart of Husker Du (USA), The Mountain Goats (USA), THE Duke Spirit, (UK), Bachelorette (NZ) and The Drones.

- Radio airplay across Australian radio stations triple j, RRR FM (Melbourne), FBI FM (Sydney), 2SER FM (Sydney), RTR FM (Perth) and Radio Adelaide.

- Performed at the 2009 Falls Festival in Lorne, Australia alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Moby, Wolfmother, Grizzly Bear, Emilana Torrini, Charlift, White Rabbits, King Khan and the Shrines, Editors, and Andrew Bird.

What the press have to say about Teeth and Tongue:

"Hypnotically beautiful...there’s a seductive psychedelic tug to the Australian band’s new single that just makes you want to listen multiple times." – MTV Iggy

“A real knack for setting the scene in her songwriting, and has a novelist’s gift... phrases that read like poetry and take on a heartbreaking quality.” - Vh1

"Her single “Unfamiliar Skirts,” is so good, it’s hard to believe she wrote, arranged, and recorded the track all in one night." - Nylon

"...one of most damn listenable records released this year." ­ Mess and Noise

"There are names often invoked for an artist in this line ­ Patti Smith, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey­ and Cornelius manages to be a beguiling combination of all three." - Rolling Stone Magazine

"...Cornelius's songs are strange, intriguing beasts; "Stacey Come Over is one of a few that sound like good post­punk such as Public Image or Magazine... It's very good. " - Chris Johnston, The Age (Melbourne) Magazine.

"Jess Cornelius' sassy solo debut (as Teeth & Tongue) is a soulful, lo­fi work of genuine intrigue." - Dan Rule, Music Australia Guide

"Beautifully raw and affecting, Jess Cornelius's voice makes you sit up and take notice..." –mX Magazine

"...Completely captivating" - Three Thousand

"Low­fi, raw and from the heart ... this solo debut is a testament that some things do happen for the better." ­ - Jmag

* * * * "A raw, idiosyncratic debut..." - Who Magazine

"...Dark, foreboding ballads with a galloping rhythm section and chiming guitar. Unsettling, but beautiful." ­ - Yen Magazine


Tambourine (2011) LP, Dot Dash/Remote Control.
Single 'Unfamiliar Skirts' added to rotation on Triple J.
'Single of the week' Inpress Magazine
Feature Album on RRRfm
Album of the week RTR fm and Edge Radio.

Monobasic (2008) LP, Crystal Chain/Inertia. Single 'Lightness' added to rotation on Triple J and Fbi (NSW) feature airplay on RRR (Vic.) Album of the Week on 3D radio (SA) and 4ZZZ (QLD).

Sad Sun (2009) Single, Crystal Chain/Inertia. Digital release only. Added to rotation on Fbi, regular airplay on RRR and Triple J, feature song as part of Triple J's 'Next Crop' selection. Single of the Week -Inpress

Set List

Unfamiliar Skirts
Sad Sun
The Party Is You
Family Home
I've Got Your Number
I Feel Good
Good Man
Vaseline On The Lens
Pink Cube