We’re excited to bring you the exclusive stream of Holy Tongues‘ new album Weak People, out today on Melotov Records!
Holy Tongues is comprised of three members of the late Ruiner, the Baltimore band that made a name in the ’00s via two LPs on Bridge 9 Records, the latter produced by J. Robbins (Modern Life Is War, Coliseum), and via tours with the likes of Strike Anywhere and Pulling Teeth. Go here for knockout footage of Ruiner’s farewell show in 2010.
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On Weak People, the trio – guitarist/vocalist Dustin Thornton, bassist/vocalist Stephen Smeal, and drummer Joey Edwards – has evolved out of the hardcore zone of its previous band and into a realm of sledgehammer rhythms, churning low-end, and radiant textures. As the instrumentation veers between Jesus Lizard stomp and Quicksand drive, Thornton and Smeal share vocals – jaded but still painfully earnest, they reflect on the past and assess the present through lyrics like: “I used to be a bright light / I used to shine the way / But I’m fading every day / I’m just crooked teeth and bad tattoos / That’s all I’ll ever be to you / And I feel so awkward in my skin / We all live in the shadows / Of the statues of our former selves.”
At times melancholy, at times downright epic, there is a relentless forward motion underlying all of Weak People, implying loudly that nothing is permanent, that this a mere snapshot of one point in time. This is the sound of people, of a band, in transformation.
On releasing Holy Tongues’ debut album, Melanie Voltz of Melotov Records states, “I couldn’t pass it up. It’s three out of five members of Ruiner, one of my favorite hardcore bands of the 2000s… Weak People is a showcase of dynamic melodies, reminiscent of current post-hardcore acts such as Self Defense Family…”
Holy Tongues Upcoming Shows:
August 9 – Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (record release show)
August 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Flat