When Language‘s forthcoming EP, Plymouth, first hit my inbox I was immediately into it, but for some reason, my pre-conceived notions of bands with explosive sounds led me to think they were going to take some, or a lot, of wrangling. One of the best aspects of running this site and its sister enterprise, Good Eye Records, is that these thoughts are constantly being upended.
As detailed in a recent interview with New Noise Magazine, the trio of Omar Afzaal (guitar, vox), Charles Sloan (bass, vox) and Wes Black (drums) function as part band, part brotherhood. This was something I picked up on immediately when I first met Omar and Charles at Marco’s in Bushwick as they laid their story out for me and expressed how much love they had for Wes who was away attending to a family matter at the time. Beers were consumed, favorite records were discussed, many laughs were shared and a relationship was forged.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know where Language has been and where they’re going, always pushing themselves further along the way. Much of the material on the Plymouth EP has already evolved in the live arena, with absolutely no wasted space despite expanding on the recorded versions.
Plymouth is led by single “Game Piece” which Charles details:
“I started with of a couple ideas: a middle school project where I had to decide what I would take with me on a spaceship to a new world, and the story of Aeneas, one of the mythical founders of Rome, who took his father, statues of his gods, and his son and lead them out of a burning Troy. It’s all reduced to a few shouted phrases, which is where the desperation and irrationality enter.”
Stream Language’s “Game Piece” below and catch them at their record release show on May 16th at Baby’s All Right w/ Grooms, Russian Baths and Mezzanine Swimmers. The Plymouth EP is out May 18th and you can pre-order it here.