Interview

w/Colin Young of Twitching Tongues

                                                         Twitching Tongues-Colin Young second from the right (noisebarrage1.wordpress.com)
Lisa Sanchez

Twitching Tongues recently released their third full length, Disharmony, on October 30, 2015. The band are currently headlining their North American Disharmonic Rust tour with Harm's Way, Homewrecker and Malice Palace. Vocalist Colin Young took time to answer some of my questions via e-mail about Disharmony, where Young gets his creative influence, and the always evolving music scene.

Would you give me a little description of Twitching Tongues’ sound in your own words? Feel free to draw pictures.

Suffocation meets Fleetwood Mac.

Twitching Tongues is somewhat of a genre bending band (between hardcore and metal designation). Why do you think that is?
Well... I suppose because we make it that way. It's hard to hear clean vocals in any capacity and attribute them to just a "hardcore" band, but we are hardly the first to do so.

Do you enjoy confronting people with something new that they may not understand?
No. I enjoy making the music that we make, and for those who do get it, thank you, I'm glad ya do. I don't see ourselves as "confronting" anyone just by being different.

You guys just released Disharmony, your third full length album, on October 30. What has the response been from fans and critics alike?
I think it's been mixed. Those who like us are torn, and those who hate us are torn. Our non-middle ground is now dividing even further.

Disharmony sounds more cohesive compared to Sleep Therapy and In Love There is No Law. What did you do differently on this album?
I think we just had a stronger general vision of what we wanted the overall listening experience to be like, and we ran with it. With ILTINL, it was just kind of a bunch of songs that happened to fit.

I’ve read where you’ve said that Disharmony is your most personal album yet. Did anything in particular inspire the album?
The end of a relationship, the band's journey thus far, childhood experiences, etc...

If so, what made you decide to incorporate your most personal thoughts into the album for the whole world to hear?
Because that's what I've always done. Writing has been my outlet and my therapy for turning personal experiences into art.

A lot of your songs cover some pretty dark subject matter, “Love Conquers None” and “Asylum Avenue” come to mind. Would you say Twitching Tongues have a nihilistic streak?
No. At least not consciously. All I do is write about things that I hope at least one person can hear and relate to, while also getting these dark experiences out of my system for good.

I personally dig that Disharmony has a very “side A” and “side B” feel, breaking up the album into two parts. What made you decide to go with that setup?
We wanted the A side to be the more aggressive songs where the average metal listener and the average Twitching Tongues fan could throw it on and not get lost, while the B side was the weirder, more adventurous stuff. You either switch it up for the second half of an album, or you lose your listener.

Is there something lost with digital music where you aren't able to physically “flip” a record that has two distinctly different moods?

There's definitely a lot more than that lost in digital music. I have people writing the band every day asking us to "post the lyrics". I appreciate that they wanted to read them, but I spend a hell of a lot of time putting together the packaging for the LP/CD's and for them to only ever see the digital version really just makes it feel a little pointless. Music has changed, and it's only getting lazier and lazier. The attention span of the average music listening is fucking pathetic now. Rappers put out a new mixtape for FREE every 3-6 months because they HAVE TO, or they'll be forgotten. There are very few active bands/performers who are breaking the mold and forcing the music world to change/pay attention.

You guys are currently touring the northeast US and then heading to the UK. How are you and Twitching Tongues feeling on the road so far?
Some good, some bad. Feels good to finally play some songs from Disharmony live.

Considering Disharmony is such a personal album, how do you feel performing songs every night that leave you so emotionally vulnerable?
I don't see the songs that way after they're written. The only time I'm truly vulnerable is when I initially write them and have to record them for the first time.

I’ve always heard that UK crowds are more intense than the US. Considering you guys have toured in both, which country has the crazier shows?
Definitely not true from our experiences. Who knows, maybe that'll change this time around!

Your live shows look like they have a fierce crowd response. What is the gnarliest thing that’s ever happened to you during a gig?
I had my jaw dislocated while we were playing in Belgium by the foot of a stage diver.

Twitching Tongues are playing Now That’s Class in Cleveland on Dec. 2. Is there anything you would like to tell Ohio music fans to get them pumped for the show?
Cleveland hardcore rules. Shoutout to Homewrecker from Ohio for being on this tour with us. As well as Malice at the Palace and HARM'S WAY! Humanity is the devil!