Zvi is the pseudonym under which guitarist Ron Varod crafts his aching, abysmal dirges. Varod has been linked to his work as the guitarist and vocalist of So is the Tongue and currently swings his axe with the avant-garde heavyweights Kayo Dot. One could attribute the sound of Zvi to the time Varod spent in both of the aforementioned bands. But the overall product is much darker and sinister than a lot of the music put out by both musical outfits, if you can believe that.
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
We here at American Aftermath are readying our very own year end lists, to be unleashed this Friday. We have asked some friends and musicians to submit their very own Best of 2012 List, which we will be posting throughout the week and here we go. Read on to find out what members of So Is The Tongue, El Drugstore, Full Of Hell and Like Rats were jamming to this year. Continue reading
The progressive trio that I have been trying to shove down your throats, So is the Tongue, will be going on tour early next month in the Southern US. So far the band has booked the following dates:
8/03/2012 Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar – Burtonsville, MD w/ Billows, Questioner, Fat Chick Meat Haul
8/04/2012 The Birdhouse – Knoxville, TN w/ Tabula Rasa, more TBA
8/05/2012 TBA – AL
8/06/2012 The Squeaky Lizard – Ocean Springs, MS
8/07/2012 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
8/08/2012 The Wormhole – Savannah, GA w/ Magic Places
It’s currently July which means that 2012 is half way over. Just like any other run of the mill music blogger, I want to share with you the releases that have stuck with me for the past 6 months. So far, 2012 has brought me a plethora of good music but these few releases below have not been able to release their grip on me. In fact, some of these records grew on me quite a bit. I could go into detail on why I loved this releases but since I am lazy today, I’ll let the songs speak for themselves. Check them out and tell me what you think:
I’ve been giving So is the Tongue a lot of praise lately and for good reason. If you want to know why, you’re in luck. You can know stream the band’s upcoming full length, A Child of Divorce (out the 17th) below! Check it out now! You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
Check out my review here.
Check out my interview with front man Ron Varod here.
Their upcoming LP, A Child of Divorce (out January 17th) really blew me away. So is the Tongues unique musical formula provides for an equally unique listening experience. I recently caught up with vocalist and guitarist, Ron Varod, to ask him a few questions regarding the new album, his involvement in Kayo Dot, and weird haircuts.
By Lane Oliver
So is the Tongue are preparing to release their sophomore LP, A Child of Divorce, on January 17th. I was able to get my hands on it a little early and decided to give it listen. What caught my attention was the fact that the album’s music was engineered, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia) and the vocals were recorded by Chris Alfano of East of the Wall. After finding out this juicy little tidbit of information, I knew I had to listen to it. I didn’t know what I was in for, but I was pleasantly surprised.