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Bristol Rockers Krooked Tongue Set To Release Debut EP ‘No Vacancy Hotel’
Formed in 2019 by Oli Rainsford, Dan Smith and Harry Pritchard, Krooked Tongue is a Bristol-based alternative-rock three-piece known for their frenetic live shows and brooding lyrical commentary. The trio are set to release their long-awaited debut EP ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ on February 11th 2022.
Krooked Tongue released their debut single ‘I Wanna Steal Your Car’ in 2019 to critical acclaim, which soon saw them embarking on their first UK tour. Interest in the band quickly grew, leading them to establish working relationships with the likes of ENTS 24 and Laney Amps.
2020 saw the cancellation of their second UK tour and the postponement of shows alongside the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up and Turbowolf, as well as festival slots at Boardmasters and 2000 Trees. They’ve instead spent the last year honing in on a more refined studio sound with Josh Gallop of Phoxjaw at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, working to help replicate their formidable live act.
The product of their recording efforts comes in the form of ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ their four-track debut EP due for release February 11th. Each track is a standalone single in it’s own right, resulting in an all killer, no filler affair.
Throughout the course of the EP, listeners are taken on a journey through a collection of stories, each as lyrically visceral as the next. Dripping with Krooked Tongue’s signature swagger, the EP in its entirety is a brazen example of the band’s new musical direction and what’s to come; Bursting with walls of distorted grunge-fuelled riffs, aggressive basslines, tight, punchy drums and Rainsford’s sinister, crooning vocals.
Speaking about the EP, vocalist and lyricist Oli Rainsford states: “I think this EP signifies a new era for us, even despite us being a new band. The newer songs somehow seem to reflect our identity as we’ve become more accustomed to finding our sound. It’s the spark in the long awaited ignition of us as we are now, a more hard hitting version of ourselves.
“It’s a collection of stories and experiences that are there to be absorbed by the listener and to provide some escapism from this crazy world for a few minutes. The songs have been tested so many times live now that we’ve been dying to capture their essence and give the people something to take home with them and keep forever. This is just the start of the archive.”
Prior to the release of ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ comes it’s third single ‘Freaky Love’, due for release December 10th. Lyrically, the track sees the band exploring the conversation of individualism and “celebrating the weird”. Freaky Love is “a haven for outcasts, acting as a hub to confide in the ‘freakiness’ of each others deep desires”, explains Rainsford.
Freaky Love sounds like sex personified. Combining threatening bass notes, hypnotic hooks, addictively heavy riffs and lust-filled lyrics “Ooo all your freaky love, yeah it turns me on, all that weird love, you’re a freak and more” which Rainsford chants in a throaty, soulful murmur.