Holy Tongues - Weak people
On their debut LP, Weak People, the trio ? guitarist/vocalist Dustin Thornton, bassist/vocalist Stephen Smeal, and drummer Joey Edwards ? evolve out of the hardcore zone of its previous band and into a realm of sledgehammer rhythms, churning low-end, and radiant textures. As the instrumentation veers between Jesus Lizard stomp and Quicksand drive, Thornton and Smeal share vocals ? jaded but still painfully earnest, they reflect on the past and assess the present through lyrics like: I used to be a bright light / I used to shine the way / But I'm fading every day / I'm just crooked teeth and bad tattoos / That's all I'll ever be to you / And I feel so awkward in my skin / We all live in the shadows / Of the statues of our former selves.