Goodbye Mr MacKenzie were a Scottish group that formed in the Eighties and built up a name for themselves after releasing a great debut album entitled “Good Deeds And Dirty Rags” and the classic “The Rattler” single.
Sadly the band never made the breakthrough they deserved and the core trio of Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly along side Shirley Manson formed a new band entitled Angelfish to run con currently alongside Goodbye Mr MacKenzie.
Angelfish were short lived. Despite a minor hit with a track entitle “Suffocate Me” Manson soon left to join a band the renowned American promoter Butch Vig was putting together entitled Garbage – the rest is history.
The remaining trio were joined by American singer Stacey Chavis to form “Isa & The Filthy Tongues”. The band released 2 fine albums and contributed several songs to the New Town Killers film sound track. The film was directed by “Skids” vocalist Richard Jobson, in the years to come Metcalfe would find himself working along side Jobson and contributing to the “Burning Cities” album which the returning Skids released in 2018.
“Isa & The Filthy Tongues” faded away but in 2014 some new tracks attributed to “The Filthy Tongues” appeared along side a book of poetry produced by Metcalfe and the writer Paul Hullah.
Then in 2016 came the album “Jacobs Ladder”
“Jacobs Ladder” received rave reviews across the music press with comparisons made to the work of Nick Cave. A distinctive album capturing the tone of Edinburgh’s seething under belly.
‘A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly that recalls Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at their most intense.’
Louder Than War
‘Easily one of the albums of the year…it’s an enthralling ride’
The band have played a number of shows, with prestigious support slots to the likes of Brix & The Extricated, Pete Wylie and The Skids as well as head line shows across the UK.
In 2018 the follow up album “Back To Hell” was released again to great press reviews.
‘This is part of a planned trilogy and is a riveting, driving follow-up. If there’s a more exciting band currently playing north of the border, I’ve yet to hear them.
If indeed “Back To Hell” is the second part of a triptych then we eagerly await the release of the next album.
In the mean time The Filthy Tongues continue to play live and return to Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Friday May 3rd. Tickets available here
The story also turns full circle with Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly now bringing Goodbye Mr Mackenzie back to life and playing a series of quickly sold out shows – but more on that later!
I’ve decided to streamline my on line ticket options. From now on I will not be using We Got Tickets or Ticketsource. (Tickets purchased for shows obviously remain valid but are now off sale via those outlets)
Tickets will be available from the dedicated Fast Forward SEE Tickets account here.
Tickets are also available for shows at The Georgian Theatre directly from the events page on their web site here. Tickets for events at The Georgian are also available from Sound It Out Records in Stockton (in store not on line) subject to an admin fee.
Tickets for shows at The Westgarth are also available from behind the bar in the club – check for opening times.
The most cost effective way to buy tickets for any of my shows is by buying direct from me using the dedicated Pay Pal link – there are no booking fees/postage charges that way and by using the link I do not incur fees from Pay Pal.
Pay Pal link here – just remember to include your address so I can post tickets out to you.
The Fallen Leaves return for their 9th visit to Teesside on Saturday 9th February .
Ticket info here
People have asked me why I have promoted them so many times. Well the simple answer is they are just so darned good, one of the best live bands around, especially in The Westgarth, a room which seems to suit their sound brilliantly.
The band formed in 2004 and consist of Rob Green on vocals, Rob Symmons on guitar, Mathew Karass and Brett “Buddy” Ascot on drums.
What do they sound like you ask?
Well, imagine a cross between The Who and The Ramones and you might be somewhere near. Brought up on Punk and Mod. Influenced by classic British beat such as The Who, Kinks, and Rolling Stones. The Times called it “Sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop”
From an earlier visit to the Westgarth:
Last year with a new and unrecorded track.
The band have released 4 classic studio albums and recently released the compilation album “Punk Rock For Gentlemen – 12 near Misses”
A live album is due out shortly, recorded at the legendary Hope And Anchor in London. Hopefully early vinyl versions will be available at the gig at the Westgarth.
To keep you going until next week here’s a You Tube playlist of some excellent videos from The Fallen Leaves.
Extremely pleased to confirm that The Filthy Tongues will return to The Westgarth Social Club on Friday 3rd May 2019.
Full ticket details, event page, support band etc will be available shortly. A very limited number of tickets are available now via Ticketsource only at a reduced price with no booking fee. These are only available until the end of January or until they are all sold – which ever comes first.