audiObelisk: Iron Tongue Premiere “7 Days” from The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown Neurot Recordings Debut

Those looking for similarities between Iron Tongue‘s full-length debut, The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown, and frontman Chris “CT” Terry‘s work in post-doomers Rwake will find them few and far between — but not completely absent. Terry is joined in the Little Rock, Arkansas-based six-piece by backing vocalist Stephanie Smittle, guitarists Jason Tedford and Mark Chiaro, bassist Andy Warr and drummer Stan James and he brings to his approach a style of clean-sung but still throaty shouts, at times veering toward that bottom-of-the-mouth soul that Phil Anselmo brought to Down II, but as on the centerpiece “Moon Unit,” he finds his own personality within the material as well. Pacing also helps — Skynyrd by way of Crowbar — and where so much Southern heavy is bent on ZZ Top riffs rehashed at double-speed, Iron Tongue keep their grooves slow, coupling Tedford and Chiaro‘s trodden guitar work with organ textures and Warr‘s consuming low end.

But for the earlier “Witchery” — distinguished by the line, “The cocaine has a lock on my brain,” which opens the chorus — and the stomping finale “Said ‘n’ Done,” most of The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown keep the workingman’s downer feel set by opener “Ever After,” Smittle‘s vocals coming on in layers to introduce a key element in Iron Tongue‘s approach: the band’s unabashed penchant for melody. They could’ve easily started the record with a rager, but if the title wasn’t enough of a hint, they clearly wanted to make it plain that there’s more to what they do than redundant burl and dudely posturing in songs about drinking. So be it. Likewise, the penultimate cut on The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown, “7 Days,” summarizes much of the record’s emotionality before the final rush of “Said ‘n’ Done,” nestling into a mid-paced groove over which Terry delivers some of his most effective work, answered in the chorus by Smittle to result in one of the best hooks present throughout.

Obviously Terry‘s tenure in Rwake is going to earn at least a mention when it comes to Iron Tongue‘s work, but the album — cumbersomely titled as it is — makes no bones about establishing its own context and working on its own merits in establishing an atmosphere and constructing a genuine sonic breadth out of slow riffs, organic production, Southern woes and heaviness that goes beyond the tonal. As a piece of the whole, I think “7 Days” represents these aspects well, and I’m thrilled to be able to premiere the track on the player below.

The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown is due out May 28 in North America (day before in Europe) on Neurot Recordings. Please enjoy:

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Iron Tongue‘s debut, The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown, was recorded at Jason Tedford‘s Wolfman Studios by Billy Anderson. More info at the following links:

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13 Responses to “audiObelisk: Iron Tongue Premiere “7 Days” from The Dogs Have Barked, the Birds Have Flown Neurot Recordings Debut”

  1. […] The rock ‘n’ doom derelicts at The Obelisk bring forth “7 Days,” the first official track premiere from Arkansas southern rock rabble-rousers IRON TONGUE. The tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown debut. Produced by renowned audio sage Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc) at IRON TONGUE guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios, the seven track offering is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27th in UK/EU. Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding frontman of sludge legion Rwake, IRON TONGUE formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone. Featuring CT alongside guitarists Jason Tedford and Mark Chiaro, bassist Andy Warr, drummer Stan James, keyboardist JR Top and backing vocalist Stephanie Smittle, IRON TONGUE offer up a thick, soulful blend of girthy, heavy-amped, blues-based rock. IRON TONGUE aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. These are songs of true hurt, regret and despair reminiscent of everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd. Comments The Obelisk: “…the album…makes no bones about establishing its own context and working on its own merits in establishing an atmosphere and constructing a genuine sonic breadth out of slow riffs, organic production, Southern woes and heaviness that goes beyond the tonal. As a piece of the whole, I think ‘7 Days’ represents these aspects well.” Adds Stan James of the number: “‘7 Days’ is one of the first songs we wrote when we started… It’s one of our favorites and we’re glad to give everybody a sample of the album before it comes out. We’ll have another up for everybody soon!” Listen to ’7 Days’ via The Obelisk: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2013/04/16/iron-tongue-the-dogs-have-barked-the-birds-have-flown-track… […]

  2. […] Arkansas southern rock rabble-rousers IRON TONGUE have unleashed another soulful jam from their forthcoming album, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown which is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27th in UK/EU. The track “Lioness” is one of the standout’s on the record. It draws you in from the opening heavy and groove-laden bassline of Andy Warr and Stephanie Smittle’s alluring backing vocals, before heavy-amped guitars and Chris Terry’s rugged and powerful vocals come forth and the track explodes into an almighty rollicking rock jam. Classic Rock are hosting “Lioness” on their website today, be sure to check it out: http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/music-iron-tongue-lioness/ Don’t forget you can also listen to “7 Days” via The Obelisk. […]

  3. […] Classic Rock are hosting “Lioness” on their website today, be sure to check it out:  http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/music-iron-tongue-lioness/ Don’t forget you can also listen to “7 Days” via The Obelisk. […]

  4. […] Don’t forget you can also listen to “7 Days” via The Obelisk. […]

  5. Russell Carlsen says:

    I don’t know how I missed this, but it’s awesome.

  6. […] streaming via Classic Rock MagazineHERE, and also with “7 Days” hosted at The Obelisk HERE. Pre-order The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown at THIS […]

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  8. […] Don’t forget to check out three streaming tracks from the album with “Moon Unit” courtesy of Invisible Oranges HERE, “Lioness” courtesy of Classic Rock HERE and “7 Days” courtesy of The Obelisk HERE. […]

  9. […] Don’t forget to check out three streaming tracks from the album with “Moon Unit” courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan HERE, “Lioness” courtesy of Classic Rock HERE and “7 Days” courtesy of The Obelisk HERE. […]

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