‘Power pop’ Isa on way

EDINBURGH rock group Isa and the Filthy Tongues make the short trip to Peebles to entertain Eastgate Theatre this Saturday.

Formed from Angelfish, Isa and the Filthy Tongues’ brand of indie goth rock has won them critical praise and a loyal following since the release of their first album, Addiction, in 2006.

It was described as “A dark power-pop treasure” by Scotland on Sunday.

Garbage frontwoman Manson had been part of 1980s West Lothian group the Goodbye Mr Kenzie alongside Isa And The Filthy Tongues’ current members Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly.

All four went on to form Angelfish until Manson left to join Garbage in 1994.

Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly formed their current line-up and recruited American singer Stacey Chavis.

The band wrangled with ideas for a band name and Metcalfe’s studies of witchcraft led to the band using the name of Isobel Gowdie, who was involved in an infamous witch trial.

Musical critics recognise influences including the Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Nick Cave and The Killers.

“Pure Indie rock with Goth written right through the middle,” is how the NME magazine described their single New Town Killers, adding: “With all the epic guitar of classic Bunnymen tempered by scuzzy Scottish scrappiness it’s sure to fire you up.”

Their second album Dark Passenger was given four stars out of five by the Sunday Mail, who said: “The sound is dark, evoking Jesus and Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, Echo and the Bunnymen with a stylish twist of Blondie. A band with a dark underground edge who deserve to be big.”

Tickets for Isa and the Filthy Tongues cost £12 (£10 concession) and the gig starts at 7.30pm - phone 01721 725777 for more details.