Video Premiere: Vance Joy, “Snaggletooth”

Already a platinum-selling artist in Australia, Vance Joy (real name: James Keogh) takes his folk-pop songs stateside with the release of God Loves You When You’re Dancing. It’s a simple, straightforward EP, shot through with acoustic guitar and a raw, high-flying falsetto that splits the difference between Chris Martin and Jeff Buckley.

Keogh ditches the guitar and picks up a ukelele for this live performance of “Snaggletooth,” performed on an ocean coastline while waves roar and crash in the background.

“I wrote this song after I found out what a snaggletooth was: a tooth that sticks out at a different direction from the other teeth,” he says. “It sparked a story about imperfections in people that you grow to love.”

Watch the video below.


September 18 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church – Sanctuary*
September 20 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall*
September 21 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
September 22 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall*
September 27 Chicago, IL Subterranean*
September 28 St. Paul, MN Turf Club*
September 30 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater*
October 3 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge*
October 5 Seattle, WA The Crocodile*
October 7 San Francisco, CA The Chapel*
October 9 Los Angeles, CA El Ray Theater*

* with Tom Odell