Once upon a long time ago Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson & Derek Kelly were members of a band called Goodbye Mr Mackenzie.
The MacKenzies formed in the early to mid Eighties and as well as Metcalfe, Wilson & Kelly the band latterly featured Big John Duncan and Shirly Manson.
They released a classic debut album entitled Good Deeds & Dirty Rags, an equally classic single The Rattler and for a while looked being a band that made it “big” but record label issues meant that despite having a massive following at home they never really became popular outside the UK and eventually split up in the early Nineties.
Manson went onto join Garbage, Duncan became a guitar tech for Nirvana occasionally appearing on stage with them whilst Metcalfe, Kelly & Wilson formed Isa & The Filthy Tongues with Stacey Chavis on vocals.
The band were active through until around 2010 and releasing 2 albums and contributing a number of songs to the film New Town Killers directed by Skids frontman Richard Jobson.
After a hiatus The Filthy Tongues resurfaced in 2014 without Chavis and recorded a track entitled Lethe Walks which was released initally on You Tube before appearing on vinyl.
In 2016 the debut Filthy Tongues album Jacobs Ladder was released receiving rave reviews across the board with favourable comparisons to many contemporary artists including Nick Cave.
Metcalfe describes the album as “Pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh” whilst Louder Than War magazine described it as “A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly
2018 saw the follow up Back To Hell released following on the dark scenes and tales of Edinburgh it’s predecessor so firmly established. Again Louder Than War were lavishing with their praise “‘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.”
Hopefully the 3rd album will see the light of day in 2021.
The past 18 months have been a living hell for many people especially those in the live music industry. Bands have seen their livliehoods being stripped away from them as they have been denied the opportunity playing & recording.
This special one off accoutic show was organised at one of those brief points in time when bands were allowed to come out to play, all be it socially distanced, seated and at reduced capacity but before it could happen the clampdown tightened again and it had to be rescheduled.
Hopefully now as restrictions are lifted and we can look towards getting back to some kind of “normal” this show will provide a bit of a boost to all involved.
Tickets are limited and only available online from this link.