THE FILTHY TONGUES ARE COMING BACK TO HELL!
Following their successful gig at the venue in May of last year, The Filthy Tongues return to perform at The Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy.
The Edinburgh based band released their debut album “Jacob’s Ladder” in March 2016. Named after a staircase which is cut into Calton Hill, the album received rave reviews from highly respected music critics far and wide. It represents a journey through the dark, damp closes and stairwells of the Old Town, and all that goes with it.
Their hugely anticipated new album, “Back To Hell”, is due for release in mid-April, just in time for Record Store Day on the 21st. This follow-up to “Jacob’s Ladder” takes the band a rung or two higher. It delves deeper than before, with menace, dark lyrics and claustrophobic soundscapes in spades. Repetitive blues influenced grooves again form the bedrock around which edgy guitar, piano, organ and strings jag, stab and soar. Lyrically, it’s just as enigmatic and gritty, whilst Susannah Clark’s haunting strings bring even more to the feast. The track “The Ghost Of Rab McVie” mourns the gentrification of Leith, the good and bad times gone. “Mother’s Got A Knife”, where the corrupt patriarchy gets it’s comeuppance, “Carlos The Jackal” and title track “Back To Hell” similarly continue the cinematic appeal. ”I’m going back to the city, I feel safe in the city” sings Martin Metcalfe in “Back To Hell”. Expect to hear songs from both albums on the night, with the probability of other tracks from their rich back catalogue thrown in!
The Filthy Tongues’ front-man Martin Metcalfe, bassist Fin Wilson and drummer Derek Kelly are former members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. The band is probably best remembered not so much for record sales, but as being the first band of Shirley Manson, lead singer of alternative rock group Garbage, who sang backing vocals and played keyboards with them for 10 years. Their first single “The Rattler” received airplay on Radio One and was also featured on TV. In 1989 the band released their debut album “Good Deeds and Dirty Rags” which featured the singles “Goodbye Mr Mackenzie”, Open Your Arms”, “Goodwill City” and “The Rattler”. Amongst management changes and record company wrangles the band continued to release material. A compilation album “Fish Heads and Tails” was followed by their 2nd studio album “Hammer and Tongs”. The band relocated to studios in Berlin to record the album and witnessed the Fall of The Berlin Wall whilst they were there.
Frustrated by their record company conflicts, the band then set up their own record label Blokshok Records in 1993. Simultaneously, a side project by the name of Angelfish was born. An album with Shirley Manson on lead vocals was released featuring newly written material. After Manson left, the Mackenzies continued as a 4 piece and released further studio albums “Five”, “Jezebel” and “The Glory Hole” until playing their final live show at the end of 1995.
In 2005, Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly re-emerged from the wilderness in a new band — Isa & The Filthy Tongues — with American singer Stacey Chavis. Their debut album “Addiction” was released by Blokshok Records in May 2006. This was followed by “Dark Passenger” in 2009 which featured 5 tracks, including the title track “New Town Killers”, from the Richard Jobson directed film. The band also contributed the song ”Big Star” to the film “Spread”, directed by fellow Scot David MacKenzie and starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche. More recently, The Filthy Tongues rekindled their friendship and association with Richard Jobson by supporting The Skids on the Scottish leg of their 40th anniversary tour. Martin Metcalfe also co-wrote 4 songs with Jobson on the latest Skids album which was released in January 2018 and he performed on stage with them at their Glen Pavilion gig in February.
Unfortunately, our original support band The Ghost Train have had to pull out of this gig but we have managed to secure a quality replacement! To be honest, we only ever had one band in mind to fill their place. Static Union return as special guests after their headline appearance at The WIndsor in February. They are an alternative/indie rock band and hail from Glasgow’s South Side. The four-piece, all aged between 18-20, formed at school in 2014 and their melodic jangly guitar sound has been compared to the likes of Interpol, The Cure, New Order, U2 and Arctic Monkeys amongst others. In the last year, they have received extensive radio play and been picked for BBC Introducing. Their storming debut single “Turn Out The Lights”, released in January 2017, caught our attention with it’s blast of driving guitar pop. It has all the markings of a real indie anthem. The band has already built up a loyal following having gigged at some of Glasgow’s prestigious intimate venues, including a headline show at the infamous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. They have also played at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh and The Finsbury in London. More recently they were invited to perform at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Music For Youth Proms 2017. Catch them at the Windsor and enjoy the moment while you still can, as they could, or rather should, be massive!