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Isa and the Filthy Tongues - Big Star

  by John Clarkson

published: 8 / 7 / 2009

Isa and the Filthy Tongues - Big Star
Label: Circular Records
Format: CDS


Disturbing, but forceful new single from Edinburgh-based post-punks, Isa and the Filthy Tongues

While Martin Metcalfe took a rare turn on main vocals for Edinburgh-based post-punk band Isa and the Filthy Tongues’ first single of the year, ‘New Town Killers’, Stacey Chavis has returned to her regular role as front woman for their second single, ‘Big Star’. The first single was the title song on ex-Skids vocalist Richard Jobson’s recently released fourth film, ‘New Town Killers’, and ‘Big Star’ also appears on a soundtrack, forthcoming Ashton Kutcher black comedy, ‘Spread’. “We can make this Hollywood and you can be a big star,” sings Chavis, her voice tinged with echo. Metcalfe and bassist Fin Wilson’s dark, windswept guitars and Derek Kelly’s rattling drum work are such that it is, however, clear that this is the black underbelly of the Hollywood fantasy, the world of Dorothy Stratten, Lana Clarkson and Sharon Tate in which wannabe starlets and actresses are one way or another destroyed as they pursue their dream. As disturbing as it is compelling, Isa and the Filthy Tongues, whose second album ‘Dark Highway’ is due out later this year, with this forceful latest single, reveal once again that they are a name to be increasingly watched.

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1 Big Star

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Interview (2013)
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John Clarkson talks to former Goodbye Mr Mackenzie front man and Isa and the Filthy Tongues member Martin Metcalfe about his new career as a painter and artist and forthcoming musical plans

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At the launch gig for their second album 'Dark Passenger', John Clarkson watches Isa and the Filthy Tongues play an enthralling set of alt.rock, but finds them relying too much on thjeir past rather than present catalogue

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