The core members of The Filthy Tongues includes Martin Metcalfe (vocals and guitar), Derek Kelly (drums) and Fin Wilson (bass) and they’ve been making music together since the eighties.
In a colourful career, they’ve worked and toured with Blondie, Ramones, Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth, Vic Chesnutt, New York Dolls, Big Audio Dynamite, Aztec Camera and many more.
In the late 80s and early 90s, as Goodbye Mr MacKenzie, they were on the cusp of great things in the UK and Europe before record company wrangles, and a shift in direction, saw them morph into Angelfish, tour the States and bring the singing talents of Shirley Manson to the fore.
With Manson then leaving to go global with Garbage, Metcalfe & Co returned to the UK, recording further in their former guise before forming Isa & The Filthy Tongues and releasing two albums, both of which received five-star reviews.
In 2016, the band released their striking comeback album, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, which received an array of positive reviews from the mainstream music press.
Vocalist, Metcalfe, summarises the album perfectly as: “pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around dark neo-feudal Edinburgh”. The album title track incorporates stunning string sounds juxtaposed with their heavy sound and raw, gritty lyricism. It evokes the sound and imagery of Nick Cave or Tom Waits but is very much music of their own making.
Post-punk Leeds-based band, Klammer, are the support group on the night.
The Filthy Tongues play the Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 9th December, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets can be bought online from seetickets and direct from the venue.
For further information regarding promoters Fast Forward Promotions’ other upcoming gigs, head to fastforwardpromotions.co.uk.