Evil Tongues feel anything but Fine in their debut single and lyric video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Delivering a darkly bitter message in a vibrantly colourful alt-pop bottle, Fine’s lyrics find somber, devastated frontwoman Jennifer Di coping with isolation, depression, anxiety, while the cinematic, futuristic soundscape is delivered by engineer Mike Allain. “Mike wrote the foundation for the song,” explains Di. “I asked him to make something that sounded like it would be in the movie Tron.
“I wrote the chorus lyrics for Fine while lying on my floor on a sunny, freezing-cold Edmonton winter day,” reveals Di, citing pandemic-ridden isolation as the driving force behind her creativity. “Picture someone wandering aimlessly around their house, talking to themselves, playing guitar in the middle of the night, and lying on their floor during the day. That’s probably a pretty accurate mental picture of where I was at.”
The results merrily juxtapose upbeat new wave and alt-rock with vocals that land somewhere between vulnerable and menacing. Rushing verses welcome a pulsating earworm chorus. As the bridge nears, Di offers a spoken-word twist — an effectively eerie, madness-questioning move. “I had the lights in the vocal booth turned completely off, so it was just me alone in the studio, in the dark, with only my words,” Di recollects. “Each take was like a slow-building volcano of emotions.”
Evil Tongues began in 2017, growing from a passion project into a fully developed songwriting duo. Having spent the better portion of 2020 writing, the pair relocated to the West Coast in 2021 and went into recording mode. Linking up with acclaimed platinum-certified producer/sound engineer Nygel Asselin at Vancouver’s NYG Studios, Evil Tongues began the arduous journey of discovering their sound and establishing themselves as the newest rising rock export. Fine was mixed by Juno-winning engineer Kevin Dietz in Toronto and mastered by the Grammy-winning Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge Mastering in New York City.