The Filthy Tongues

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The Filthy Tongues
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Background information
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock; gothic blues[1][2]
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Circular, Neon Tetra, Blokshok
Associated acts Angelfish, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
Members Martin Metcalfe
Derek Kelly
Fin Wilson
Past members Stacey Chavis

The Filthy Tongues are an alternative rock group from Edinburgh, Scotland, made up of Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly, who were previously members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and Angelfish alongside Shirley Manson. As Isa & the Filthy Tongues with singer Stacey Chavis, the band released two albums.

Isa & the Filthy Tongues[edit]

An earlier incarnation of the band, Isa & The Filthy Tongues, featured American singer-songwriter Stacey Chavis on lead vocals. Their first albums, Addiction was released on Circular Records in May 2006. It was re-released in 2009.[3][4][5]

Dark Passenger came out through Neon Tetra Records in 2010.[6][7] Scotland on Sunday compared Metcalfe's performance on "Beautiful Girl" to the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.[8]

Isa & The Filthy Tongues contributed the song "Big Star" to the film Spread, directed by fellow Scot David Mackenzie and starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche.[9] They also contributed five songs including the title track to the film New Town Killers directed by Richard Jobson, who co-wrote the song and also sings on "New Town Killers".[10][11]

Current lineup[edit]

Metcalfe in 2018

In 2014, The Filthy Tongues (appearing without Chavis), released a track titled "Lethe Walks" on YouTube.[12] This track, along with two others, was released in a special limited edition 10" vinyl, as a promo tool for Scenes a book of paintings and poetry by Martin Metcalfe and Paul Hullah.[13][14]

In 2016, the Filthy Tongues released their first album Jacob's Ladder, named after a staircase cut into Calton Hill in Edinburgh. The Scotsman compared the title track with the work of Nick Cave.[2] The Filthy Tongues toured in 2017 with the Skids,[15] and Metcalfe and Kelly contributed to writing four songs on the 2018 Skids' album Burning Cities[16] which reached number 28 in the charts.[17]

Local football club Hibernian F.C. used the song "Holy Brothers" to launch their Hibernian Reborn campaign in season 2017-18.[18] A new Filthy Tongues album entitled Back To Hell is due to be released on 21 April 2018.[19]


  1. ^ Welsh, Andrew (8 March 2018). "The Filthy Tongues - Music News". Retrieved 9 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Album reviews: Iggy Pop Jeff Buckley The Filthy Tongues". The Scotsman. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Strong, Martin (22 July 2009). "Isa & The Filthy Tongues - 'Addiction'". The List. 
  4. ^ "Album Review: Isa & the Filthy Tongues (re-issue)". 17 seconds. 20 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Isa & The Filthy Tongues". DrunkenWerewolf. 1 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Isa & the Filthy Tongues - Dark Passenger". The List. 10 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Williams, John (8 March 2010). "Dark Passenger – Isa & The Filthy Tongues – Album Review". Buzzin Music. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "Album review: Isa and the Filthy Tongues". The Scotsman. The Scotsman. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  9. ^ "Spread (2009) Soundtrack and Complete List of Songs". What-song. 
  10. ^ "New Town Killers (2008)" – via 
  11. ^ "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week - Starring The Chapman Family, Bloc Party, Gallows". NME. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "The Filthy Tongues release Lethe Walks - Blokshok Records". 17 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Martin Metcalfe's paintings". Edinburgh Palette. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  14. ^ Ironside, Gus (13 March 2016). "The Filthy Tongues: Jacob's Ladder- album review". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  15. ^ Burns, Sarah. "The Skids, 4/10/2017 – Images". Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Vinyl Album - Skids - Burning Cities - Nobad - UK". Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Hibernian Reborn Holy Brothers Soundtrack". 15 June 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "The Filthy Tongues - Music News". Retrieved 11 March 2018.