The Sharp Tongues ‘So Old’

From the opening seconds of ”˜So Old’, you know you’re in for a kicking. If the sound of a grave being dug in a snake pit isn’t enough to put you on your feet, Julia Muth’s visceral vocal snap and hypnotic lyrics should make you cover your eyes and run for safety. But you won’t run. It’s too late for that. Since you’re sticking around, you’ll be lucky enough to witness the razor sharp drums and bass of Tidy Twins Paul and Stewart cutting the air like a machete through Rolf Harris. [Sorry Rolf.]

The Sharp Tongues were formed as a two-piece in the pre-Arcade Fire Toronto music scene, an unforgiving underbelly of seedy clubs and avant-garde garage bands playing out of their alternative skins. After relocating to London, Muth hooked up with the Welsh Boys and the Sharp Tongues was reborn, complete with a back catalogue of songs ripe for the picking. The Tidys bring a hard earned, no-nonsense rock ethic, which works alarmingly well with Muth’s edgy lyrics and writhing guitar work. A genuinely uncompromising female voice is a rarity around these parts, and with lyrics like “You think you got me fooled ”“ I know what I’m not told”, you’d better believe she means it.

After a year of honing their live act with the likes of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis and British Sea Power, ”˜So Old’ is The Sharp Tongues’ first release.

Den* Farnworth

Single released October 31.
Live: Supporting Gemma Ray at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, October 19.

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