ALBUM PREMIERE: ACID TONGUE “THE NIGHT WE BROKE OUR LEASE” EP
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Geographically scattered indie rock band Acid Tongue put a little of Los Angeles into their brand new The Night We Broke Our Lease EP, out Fri., Mar. 22, on Freakout Records. Drummer Ian Cunningham still lives here (and made the album art as tribute to Ed Ruscha) and singer/songwriter Guy Keltner got this thing together with the west coast on his mind. On the charismatically confessional Night, it’s like the band took a clear-yer-head weekend road trip to 1974—when you could get Bowie, Big Star and Bob Neuwirth albums cheaply if not easily—and came back to the 21st century to make this EP, which deploys plenty of tube-amp-and-guitar warmth in a gently casual way that prevents this coming off like a museum piece. Opener “If Lovin’ You …” is uncharacteristically smooth—one of those soft rock songs about how hard relationships can be—but the rest of Night is more about pace, personality and riffy rock ‘n’ roll power, even if some quiet personal revelations sometimes peek through the sarcasm and the swagger. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s still a break-up record. As Keltner explains:
“I just moved back to the West Coast from New York City. I was really homesick throughout the process of writing this EP, and I buried myself in soul and garage records at the time. I found some solace spending time with my friends Jake Backer (Bird Language) and Matt Gibbs (Evolfo, Rodes Rollins), and writing music together. The record is a blunt and honest look at living in a big city, falling in love, and then breaking up. I tried to have a sense of humor about the whole thing, and writing and recording the record was really cathartic. It was especially nice to move back to the West Coast and finish recording this love letter to romance and heartbreak in NYC.”
You can get Acid Tongue’s The Night We Broke Our Lease EP here from Freakout Records, and if you’re in Idaho, they play Treefort this weekend. And if not, they’ll be in Silver Lake at the Satellite in early June—more info here!