This album is a colossal, brooding behemoth of a record.
It's all about Auld Reekie, the Athens of the North, call it what you will, Edinburgh even; the ancient, the gothic, the stuck up and the down right dirty, all the denizens of this fine city's past and present are to be found here in one guise or another.
A celebration, of sorts, a lament certainly, to the city that is the spiritual home of The Filthy Tongues.
'An incredible debut from Scotland's musical survivors.'
Scottish Daily Record
'Jacob's Ladder must surely be a contender for Scottish Album of the Year or the bloomin’ Mercury even'
Is This Music?
'It’s claustrophobic, and menacing with nary a glisten of sunlight, but it’s all the more compelling and captivating for that.'
'A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh's underbelly that recalls Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at their most intense.'
Louder Than War
'A strictly testosterone-charged mean gothic blues machine.'
'Easily one of the albums of the year...it's an enthralling ride'
'Destined to emerge as one of the most acclaimed albums of the year.'
'A ferocious, black-hearted record of angry rock and blues.'
Glasgow Evening Times
'These songs wrap themselves around you like a warm blanket and effortlessly soothe your soul...This is music to truly lose yourself in'
'As thought-provoking as it is challenging, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is first-rate'
Penny Black Music
'Like a rabid mongrel of Nick Cave’s Henry’s Dream and Alabama 3's theme for The Sopranos...4/5'
South China Post
'A dark, apocalyptic, stomping chug....undeniably a strong album'
'This is a dark, menacing gothic growl of an album, with unsavoury characters and unsuitable venues glorified on wonderful songs...4/5'
Scottish Daily Express
'Jacob's Ladder is the best thing they've ever done. And that's saying something. It's AAA’s Album of the year'
Access All Areas
The core members of the band - Martin Metcalfe on vocals and guitar, Derek Kelly on drums and Fin Wilson on bass guitar - have been making music together since the 80's.
In a colourful career they've worked and toured with Blondie, The Ramones, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Vic Chesnutt, New York Dolls, Big Audio Dynamite, Aztec Camera and many more.
In the late 80's and early 90's Goodbye Mr MacKenzie were on the cusp of big things in the UK and Europe before record company wrangles, and a shift in direction, saw them morph into Angelfish, tour the States extensively and bring the singing talents of Shirley Manson to the fore.
With Manson then moving on and going global with Garbage, Metcalfe & Co returned to the UK and recorded further albums in their former guise before forming Isa & The Filthy Tongues, releasing another two fine bodies of stark and enthralling work, Addiction and Dark Passenger, both of which received five star reviews.
The band also wrote music for Richard Jobson's film New Town Killers and their track Big Star featured on the soundtrack to David MacKenzie's Hollywood film Spread. They recently co-wrote a number of songs on The Skids 'Burning Cities' album.
Over the years critics have recognised The Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Nick Cave and Scott Walker influences, and other plumbers of the murky musical depths, but the style of this ever evolving band remains strikingly and individually their own.This could well be their finest material yet . . .
Current Band Line up:
Martin Metcalfe: Guitar & Lead Vocals
Finlay Wilson: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Derek Kelly: Drums & Backing Vocals
Alex Shedlock: Keyboard & Guitar
Asim Rasool: Percussion
Susannah Clark: Viola & Violin