Dark Passenger – Isa & The Filthy Tongues – Album Review

dark passenger
dark passenger

Isa & The Filthy Tongues have built up a cult following with their dark underground sound and arty lyrics, a theme that is carried forward on their latest album Dark Passenger, only this collection of songs by their own standards is set to reach a wider more mainstream audience, being more accessible and melodic than earlier offerings.

Isa, aka as Stacey Chavis from Portland Oregon, provides beautiful vocals on the opening track Jim’s Killer, smothered deep in the mix of some wonderful jangling slightly distorted guitar the track enticed me to sit and listen to what The Filthy Tongues had to offer.

Isa and former Goodbye Mr McKenzie leader Martin Metcalfe share lead and backing vocal duties throughout the album allowing the band to showcase a pretty varied selection of their song writing skills.

Last years single New Born Killers is a particular stand out track, taken from the Richard Jobson film of the same name, the track was championed by many of BBC6 and Radio 2 deejays upon it’s release. The video for this track was also directed by Jobson and the result can be seen below.

Comparisons with early Echo and The Bunnymen have, and will continue to be observed and nowhere is this more evident than on the brilliant track Moon Is A Goon.  This is of course no bad thing, but the band have so much more to offer, as can be experienced throughout this album.

Producing wonderfully melodic though dark indie pop tunes through to the raw energy of punk rock, Isa & The Filthy Tongues excel at every opportunity.

Dark Passenger closes with the beautiful song From The Treetops, a gentle duet featuring both Isa and Metcalfe, a track that takes you into the chill out zone following an epic journey through the album.

Dark Passenger is released on Neon Tetra Records on March 22nd and comes highly recommended.

Isa & The Filthy Tongues – New Town Killers


NME describe the Dark Passenger as  ‘Epic guitar of classic Bunnymen tempered by scuzzy Scottish scrapiness and charged boy-girl vocals, it’s sure to fire you up.’

For more information visit Isa & The Filthy Tongues MySpace.

1 thought on “Dark Passenger – Isa & The Filthy Tongues – Album Review”

  1. I’ve just stumbled on Isa & The Filthy tongues after some recent listens to my old Mackenzie tapes.Will definitley be buying this.Goodbye Mr Mackenie are the best ever Scottish group with some great songwriting and vocals from Martin.So glad to see him and the other guys are the core of this group

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