SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 2017
In 2016 Edinburgh’s The Filthy Tongues released their much anticipated debut album ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ to great critical acclaim. But these are no new kids in town. The Filthy Tongues have occupied a unique place at the heart of Scottish alternative rock, in various manifestations, since the mid 80’s.
Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly were the core-members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, a stunning live band with Metcalfe resembling the MC of a debauched, vaguely gothic cabaret, which effortlessly churned out pop classics, sinister dark Blues and full-blown stadium-fitting anthems. This year has proved that they are still relevant and overwhelmingly the consensus is that ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is the greatest album of their long career.
The amicable split left behind ‘the most complex, fascinating musical footprint of any Scottish band yet’.
(The List magazine)
The Filthy Tongues are once more back to the original, ever-dependable trio, but working a revolving-door policy featuring various musical and literate contributors and collaborators. The new eight-track album finds The Filthy Tongues in familiar territory – highly literary musings on their hometown of Edinburgh, but also evocative of such celebrated US Deep South scribblers as William Falkner and Flannery O’Connor, possibly why Nick Cave and The Bad Seed’s classic Delta-Blues First Born is Dead album comes to mind. But it’s definitely an ‘Edinburgh’ album, a journey through the dark, damp closes and stairwells of the Old Town and all that goes with it. It’s claustrophobic, and menacing with nary a glisten of sunlight, but it’s all the more compelling and captivating for that. Martin offers this ‘The LP is pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh’.
In a colorful career the band have worked and toured with Blondie, The Ramones, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Vic Chesnutt, New York Dolls, Big Audio Dynamite, Aztec Camera and many more.
When listening to The Filthy Tongues, musical critics recognize Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Nick Cave and Scott Walker influences, and other plumbers of the murky musical depths, but the style of this ever evolving band remains strikingly and individually their own.