Hailing from Atlanta, GA the Howling Tongues are a five piece rock-n-roll band that has been making some strides and turning some heads in the last six months. After releasing an EP in September the band has crafted a nicely produced impressive six-song album entitled “Keep the Dust Down” that growls and snarls with hooks and some classic hard rock that got me jacked. There is no wonder that this band has grown exponentially in the last couple of months because if their live show is indicative of this album then I would check them out the next time they’re in your area. It is unpretentious music that you can drink a beer to while having a good old time. It should be noted that Tom Tapley who is one of the industry’s top engineers (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) recorded this album and you can tell from the imprint that his professional touch was added. Fan of classic rock and contemporaries like Jack White and The Black Keys beware you may have found your next favorite band.
The band doesn’t waste any time kicking things into gear with “Party”- an anthemesque rock-n-roll song that may be the catchiest on the album. The riffs rock, the drums bang and the vocals soar as this infectious tune reminds me of how far and between a good rock-n-roll is to find these day. Things don’t slow down on their second song “Makes You Tick” which had a very welcome 80’s type of vibe that reminded me of Poison for a second. There is also a delicious dirty bass line in this song, which is awesome. The album closes just as hard as it starts with the anthemic “Jose’ no se’” which ends the album with a bang. If you like well done gritty rock-n-roll that has memorable songs and feels like a party, check this band out.
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