Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Stef Reviews...003) Two Tongues - S/T

Two Tongues is a special little album. The backstory to this involves two amazing bands in their own rights; Say Anything, and Saves The Day, and the mutual appreciation that both bands have developed for each other in the past few years.  Two Tongues is the long-awaited collaboration between both bands, with Max and Coby from Say Anything teaming up with Chris and David from Saves The Day, for 13 tracks of guitar-laden emo-punk-rock (for lack of a better genre description!)

Straightaway the album jumps into the dramatic "Crawl", showcasing straight away how Max's and Chris's unique vocal styles seem to mesh together quite awesomely. The middle eight of this song is also worth mentioning, as it's quite simply fantastic. "If I Could Make You Do Things" follows on from this, and starts off as a fairly calm duet between the two singers, before the drums kick in, bringing the rest of the distorted guitars with them, leading up to a fantastic chorus of "If I could make you, make you (GO AWAY!), If I could make you, (DO IT!)", which makes you want to sing along until the end I swear.

A beautiful little interlude track by Eisley's singer Sherri let's everyone take a bit of a breath, before the record kicks into life once again with the jagged "Tremors", which, with it's start-stop guitars, and Max Bemis's charasmatically downbeat delivery, is possibly the stand-out track of the record, and yet again, builds up to a fantastic chorus. "Silly Game" continues with the jagged guitars, and Max's vocals and words are again on top form, and will have you singing along with the "oh-oh-oh"'s in no time flat.

"Wowee Zowee" brings a bit more ROCK into the mix, as Chris Conley takes main vocal duties, with Max showing up with some gang-vocal style "Hey hey cut it out!"'s, whilst "Try Not To Save Me" brings in a mellow side to the proceedings, acting as a slow, longing confessional, with Chris's vocals almost taking on angelic qualities at times.

The record finishes up with "Even If You Don't", which is almost reminiscent of "Cars and Calories" from Saves The Day's "Stay What You Are", and whereas it sounds like a love song to a female companion, you get the feeling that the two singers might actually be declaring their mutual love of each other.

In conclusion, this is a record made with love, and if you've even heard of Say Anything or Saves The Day, I highly recommend it. Try this video out for size;

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