Formed in January of 2016, Tongue is a brand new rock band that incorporates elements of art rock, alternative rock, indie rock and post-hardcore into their sound. The members of the trio are based in several parts of New York, and each of their previous participations in other bands have prepared them musically for this new project. More Revealing is Tongue’s debut album and was released in September of 2016.
The seven-minute-long, monumental rock anthem “Hundredth Form” begins the album on very strong footing. Chris Curtin provides vocals in a few select portions of the track, but most of the song consists of solely instrumental sounds from screaming electric guitar riffs, synchronous bass lines and lightning-paced percussion. The energy of the song starts high and only increases as the song progresses, making for a relentlessly upbeat, epic musical journey.
The next track on the record “Seventh” tones down the energy just a bit and settles into a solid alternative rock groove led by a catchy electric guitar riff and Curtin’s vocals. The variations in percussion and vocal tone make a big difference in the feel of the smooth, relaxing parts of the tune in comparison to the more hard-hitting and energetic portions. “Curve” continues in a similar vein, blending post-hardcore and ambient elements into an interesting, intriguing mix of sounds.
Harmonic notes from a mellow electric guitar, complemented by pulsing bass and a steady drumbeat, lead the listener into “Patchwork,” a somewhat quieter and more subtle piece that highlights Curtin’s vocals before progressing into a streamlined yet aggressive jaunt into alternative rock. Surprisingly, echoing percussive notes end the song with hints of electronica, a new direction for the band to explore.
Few surprises are found as the album comes to an end with “Grapes,” a traditional rock track that employs reverb-laced guitars and vocals to create a full soundscape that crescendos in intensity as the song builds to the very end. As a whole, More Revealing is extremely poetic, dynamic and eclectic, all while maintaining a foundational and characteristic sound and style that makes Tongue a band well-deserving of many fans. This album will undoubtedly serve as a launchpad for the band’s future in the music industry.
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