Acid Tongue
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Acid Tongue

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Garage Rock





Like King Gizzard on a whole bunch of Ritalin, there’s a wooziness to Acid Tongue’s psych oddity that quells the madness. It’s no less otherwordly for it, though, Charlie Manson’s one-man-band dealing in a cross-eyed, surfy garage rock that’s as catchy as it is kooky.

Second DIY Magazine writeup (April 2016):

On the title-track of his latest album as Acid Tongue, Charlie Manson gets raucous. Taking the woozier-than-a-whole-bottle-of-Calpol, Mac DeMarco-indebted slacker template and scuzzing it up tenfold, ‘I Died Dreaming’ deals a much needed shot of adrenaline to the ever-growing pool of hazy one-man-band sensations.

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"Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Acid Tongue, Black Whales, Yumi Zouma"

Acid Tongue brought their unique twist of beachy-rock to the Barboza stage early on Friday. The set was full of songs that had just the right amount of melody and noise. Flangy guitar and heavy breakdowns filled Barboza, and the set drew decent numbers considering the Seattle band was competing with local hip-hop favorites Shabazz Palaces in an afternoon slot. The band even managed to infuse their style into a cover of the classic Temptations song “My Girl,” showing no genre of music was safe from getting “licked up” by the tongue. The Seattle quartet could be seen checking the time and discussing what to play next, which provided a refreshing glimpse of an obviously young band with a bright future ahead of them. By the end of the set, it was evident that everyone was clearly having fun with the tongue. - KEXP

"Acid Tongue: "i died dreaming""

These are heady times in the world of Acid Tongue. The Seattle garage-rock trio's two-week UK tour begins next week, and to warm up their fans across the pond, they've rereleased their debut EP i died dreaming via London cassette label Failure by Design. They'll bring with them wicked-cool merch designed by drummer Ian Cunningham and produced by Imperial Motion, the Tacoma-based surf-n-skate lifestyle brand, which will also distribute Acid Tongue gear in Zumiez stores across the US this summer. Gnarly!

Best of all, the band, which also features Guy Keltner on vocals and guitar and bassist Jacob Rose, is premiering their first-ever video with us today. "i died dreaming" is a sort of lysergic travelogue, awash in hazy '90s VHSisms and the kind of bleary cinematography that gives me drug shivers. (Now that's good video!) The song itself is massive, all manic vocals and towering guitars, cloaking pangs of love and longing under a layer of heavily-stoned distortion. Check it out below and catch Acid Tongue when they're back in Seattle at Big Building Bash on June 6. - CityArts Magazine


'I Died Dreaming' (EP)
Released: August 2015

  • Lately
  • Funny Little Colors
  • I Died Dreaming
  • Nobody's Fool
'Beautiful Disaster' (EP)
Released: July 2016
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Mac and Me
  • Twisted
  • Annie Get Your Scissors


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Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. The band is composed of the Guy Keltner, Ian Cunningham & Jacob Rose; perverted in their youth by adolescent exposure to mind-altering substances and strange, spiritually-driven parenting techniques. 
After years of extensive traveling throughout the United States, as well as some experimental therapy in a Mexican yurt, the boys have united to produce their take on the music of their parents’ generation. Incorporating imagery of the afterlife, dream-states and drifter-culture, Acid Tongue seeks to enlighten listeners to their swingin, contemplative lifestyle.
Deeply influenced by Southern R&B, Motown, folk and doo-wop, Keltner's current incarnation as Acid Tongue is an ode to a life spent on the road and a head stuck in the clouds. Equal parts Lou Reed, The Growlers, Brian Wilson and Mac DeMarco, the sound is a dark reflection on love, confusion, satanism and suicidal thoughts familiar to anyone suffering from the American condition.

Band Members