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Twitching Tongues

Interview von: arne mit Colin Young, am: 28.12.2015 ]

Während des Hörens des Drittwerks der Band denkt man an Gruppen wie Only Living Witness, Life Of Agony, Cro-Mags, Sam Black Church, Sheer Terror und Type O Negative. Das Spiel der Kalifornier ist also mit Eindrücken verknüpft, die man in dieser Kombination eher selten bis gar nicht begegnet. Für TWITCHING TONGUES ist das ein Plus, denn die Gruppe aus Los Angeles besetzt eine eigene Nische. Das Signing auf Metalblade und der Einstieg des früheren Hatebreed-Gitarristen Sean Martin werden das Ihre dazu beitragen, dass sich der Aktionsradius des Quintetts erweitern wird.


Musicscan: First of all: Disharmony is your 1st album for Metal Blade: as (high) expectations sometimes lead to disappointments: do you somehow worry at this point? The work is done, and you have to wait for the actual release date…

Twitching Tongues: All I can really say is that WE are as pleased as can be with this record, and that we hope our fans are as well. It's been a long road, and we are excited it's almost time to show the world what we've done.

Musicscan: Being around as a band with an own identity and vision, does it bother you when you see or meet kids who ignore you or have a different understanding of what your music and your style means to you?

Twitching Tongues: No. Because 90% of the time, they come around eventually, which is always an interesting process to watch unfold. People not liking your band comes with the territory of being a band at all. Though some days it's harder than others to not take it personally, and take the criticism in stride, and some days I wish death upon those going out of their way to provide said criticism.

Musicscan: Twitching Tongues is being around within the metal and hardcore scene for six years now – did you ever imagine the band would be still jamming together in 2015 when you started it? It seems that the band is bigger than ever and still kicking out vicious metal hardcore. And recently Sean Martin joined the band – wow!

Twitching Tongues: I think we certainly hoped we still would be. And it's hard to "stop jamming" when you and your brother are the sole song-writers. We are PSYCHED on the addition of Sean. Really can't wait to look to my right on stage for the first time and see him playing.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the metal and hardcore scene at all as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the heroes you grew up with did before Twitching Tongues were around?

Twitching Tongues: I think it's cool that the "metal world" is taking more and more notice of us with this record coming soon, but hardcore will always feel like our true home. Though we definitely aren't turning our noses up to any opportunities, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes with the release of Disharmony.

Musicscan: Looking on heavy underground in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the underground is changing all the time. Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Twitching Tongues?

Twitching Tongues: Code Orange, Harm's Way, and Nails.

Musicscan: It is somehow quite impossible to describe your style of playing in a few sentences. You definitely mix up different styles beside the fact that we know the used elements. But it´s quite interesting to think about the influences of your band: how difficult is it to choose between all of them, and are there any styles that you would never consider to include into your songs?

Twitching Tongues: It's nice to not HAVE to choose. We spread our influences out and wear them on our sleeves (or our songs) separately across this upcoming album. As far as styles I wouldn't consider... I can't say really. Nothing is off the table except shitty pop punk and Warped Tour deathcore crap.

Musicscan: How do you guys make sure to develop as musicians and songwriters? Is there something you do on a constant base beside going to the rehearsal room and practicing at home? And do you still have to deal with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a position to realize all the ideas you have?

Twitching Tongues: This time around, it definitely felt like we were really able to achieve our full vision, and weren't limited. Wth developing musically, we really just try to keep doing different things and making sure we don't write the same song twice ever. Like I stated earlier, having more and more influences per song really helps shake it up and makes an album keep you guessing.

Musicscan: Do you think it's more important for bands to observe the traditions of their style, or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition? What’s to say about what Twitching Tongues are doing in this regard?

Twitching Tongues: I think everybody who wants to play music should do whatever the fuck they want. Period. Who is anyone else to say what YOU'RE doing is wrong? Fuck that. Just do your thing. There are no rules.

Musicscan: From my point of view your taste in music has become more focused but also wider over the years. True? Disharmony seems to prove this. But were there any musical elements you meant to incorporate in the music for Disharmony by choice?

Twitching Tongues: More focused, but wider? That seems like a contradiction. We definitely made a conscious decision not to limit ourselves, not to second guess ourselves, and increase the brutality while increasing the memorability.

Musicscan: What exactly does Twitching Tongues sound like from your point of view? Is it any kind of departure to what people might expect from you if you think of reviews and fan reactions. Do you feel "understood" to say so?

Twitching Tongues: Suffocation meets Fleetwood Mac. Type O Negative meets Dying Fetus. Lady Gaga meets Candlemass.

Musicscan: Your new album seems far more straightforward, but also more varied than your last album. What influenced you while writing it?

Twitching Tongues: There you go again with the contradictions... A lot of Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, King Diamond, Bolt Thrower, mixed in with the classic elements that make Twitching Tongues songs feel like Twitching Tongues songs.

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Disharmony?

Twitching Tongues: Don't worry about what genre we are and just enjoy what you're hearing. If you don't enjoy it, then why are you reading this? Fuck off.

Musicscan: In January you will be part of the EMP Persistence Tour 2016 over here in Europe: what are your expectations for this tour? And how do you remember the shows you already played in Europe?

Twitching Tongues: We're psyched! This is our first big package tour in Europe in 6 years, but also our 6th European tour overall. We definitely remember every show we've played in Europe, and we feel very lucky to be able to move forth into a larger scale.

Musicscan: Lastly: what type of “success” did you hope to gain with Disharmony?

Twitching Tongues: Interesting thought... Whatever may come, may come. We've done our part so far, and we're going to push the album as hard as we possibly can. It's up to the people to decide what kind of success they feel we deserve. Thank you all for reading, we'll see you soon!