Two Tongues | s/t (Vagrant)

cd_two-tongues.jpgThis album is dripping with intricately constructed complimentary drums as a backdrop to the perfectly woven contradictory voices of Bemis and Conley.







A couple of months ago, whispers of a collaboration sure to evoke heart palpitations ran around the internet and hipster circles. If you are in the loop enough to have heard these whispers or perhaps have even heard the one song posted on Two Tongues’ MySpace as a teaser, you would know I am referring to Chris Conley’s (Saves the Day) and Max Bemis’s (Say Anything) new project Two Tongues, backed by Coby Linder (Say Anything) and David Soloway (Saves the Day). R0esembling Britney Spears’ number-one fan when news broke of her "comeback," I flipped upon hearing the news of this collaboration close to a year ago. Patiently (or not so patiently, if you know me at all) waiting the day of its release was like torture, but the day has finally come. Seeing it in the stack of CDs to be reviewed made me feel like a six-year-old on Christmas morning.

Pop in the album and you are immediately hit with the song referred to earlier in this review, "Crawl." A slow and melodic guitar riff obviously influenced by Saves the Day is followed quickly with in-your-face drums and vocals by Linder and Bemis. Bemis pleads, "Wait! Don’t go with him," and you are already thrown headfirst into the emotion of the song. Enter the refrain with Conley’s easily recognizable perfectly mixed whiney and nasally voice contradicting Bemis’s gritty, jaded one is like watching oil and vinegar not only mix but mix perfectly.

Coming down just a bit from track 1, you start swaying to track 2, "If I Could Make You Do Things." Emotionally, this track is just as passionate as the first; however, musically it is more low key. Do not mistake those words; track 2 is possibly one of my favorite songs on the album (if I could ever pick just one). This song musically sounds exactly what you would want a Say Anything- and a Saves the Day-fused song to sound like: melodic and catchy. Emotionally it’s even better. The two sing alternating lines as if listening to two souls baring their hearts to each other. Bemis sings, "Put down that cigarette" and Conley replies, "My heart’s not in it yet." The song continues with Bemis pleading, "Please don’t turn away" and Conley dismissing it with, "I don’t have much to say."

Other notable tracks are "Tremors" and "Wowee Zowee." These two songs are also great examples of what you think of when you think of a Bemis/Conley side project, influenced not only by their own respective bands, but other powerhouses like them.

This album is dripping with catchy, foot-tapping guitars and solid timing, intricately constructed complimentary drums as a backdrop to the perfectly woven contradictory voices of Bemis and Conley, and passionate, relatable lyrics. Of the project, Bemis is quoted as saying, "The Two Tongues record is really an expression of the yin and yang, how two ‘opposite’ souls stimulate and battle each other in any truly loving relationship." Conley says, "Working with Max was a dream come true for me. I look forward to our next project together so our learning and growing can continue." Trust me, Mr. Conley, I think I speak for everyone else when I say, "Me, too." A | Kate Nelson

RIYL: Say Anything, Saves the Day, old Thrice

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