Acid Tongue ‘Babies’ on Freakout Records

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ACID TONGUE’S DEBUT FULL-LENGTH BABIES OUT NOW ON FREAKOUT RECORDSThe debut album from delightfully twisted indie rockers Acid Tongue is out today. OnBabies, Acid Tongue audaciously delve into the darker parts of contemporary culture, lyrically weaseling through the dynamic suffering of young adulthood atop tastefully fuzzed garage and nostalgic psych. The band is currently touring Europe and will return to the US in November to play a string of dates with Naked Giants on the West Coast, followed by a headline run in the Pacific Northwest.

Songwriter and front-man Guy Keltner offered insight into its resonant themes: “Babies is a reflection on our youth and our aspirations, and spirals downward into the crushing defeat that is your 20’s. There’s a sobering feeling to becoming adult, both melancholy and enthralling at the same time. This is a feeling that the psychedelic and soul artists of the 1960’s captured, like lighting in a bottle”


“DIY punk ethos many artists shy away from these days .. nostalgic and modern at the same time” – NYLON

“catchy, laidback ode to devotion that reminds us to hang on to the ones who’ll stand by us no matter what.” – Paste

“…the band demonstrate both instrumental prowess and respect for their musical heritage as the sons of psychedelic forebears.” – All Things Go

“…find the sweet spot between psych-rock and garage, and ride that wave as far as they can take it” – CLRVYNT

“Sweltering and hazy-as-hell, Acid Tongue’s scorched indie-pop sounds plucked straight from a desert’s watering hole.” – DIY Mag

“Woozy but never falling down, ‘Beautiful Disaster’ sounds like an escape but is eager to stick around. Luckily the hypnotic hooks (which would make The Cribs proud) aren’t going to be leaving your head anytime soon.” – DORK

“a soulful, stoney, honest approach to modern psychedelia” – Impose


  1. Intro (Completely Useless)
  2. Humpty Dumpty
  3. If I Really Loved Her
  4. Dive
  5. Accidental Drug Use
  6. Something In The Water
  7. Friend Like You
  8. Talking In Your Sleep
  9. Whatever Happened
  10. Maybe Tomorrow
  11. Why Can’t You Just Lie To Me


Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. The band is composed of Guy Keltner & Ian Cunningham – 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.

Recorded in Seattle and Portland during the tumultuous 2016 election, Acid Tongue’s debut LP, aptly named Babies, is a soulful, stoney, heartfelt approach to modern psychedelia. Engineered and produced by Battleme’s Matt Drenik (Charlie Hilton, Battleme), the album provides a glimpse of blue-collar American soul warped by a crumbling American democracy and a rose-colored look back at 90s pop culture.

Deeply influenced by Southern R&B, Motown, folk and doo-wop, frontman Guy 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 childhood romance, confusion, Satanism and suicidal thoughts familiar to anyone suffering from the American condition.

Acid Tongue on Tour:

10.13 – Fafe. PT – Cafe Avenida (Album Release Show)

10.14 – Sevilla. ES – Sala X

10.16 – Toulouse. FR – La Cave a Rock

10.17 – Imperia. IT – Arci Camalli

10.18 – Firenze. IT – Annibale Night @ NOF

10.19 – Roma. IT – Fanfulla 5/A

10.20 – Ravenna. IT – Circolo Abajur

10.21 – San Salvo. IT – Beat Cafe

11.04 – Reno. NV – OffBeat Festival **

11.05 – Los Angeles. CA – The Hi-Hat **

11.06 – San Diego. CA – Soda Bar **

11.07 – Long Beach. CA – Que Sera **

11.09 – Valencia. CA – California Institute of the Arts (KCIA)

11.10 – Lancaster. CA – The Britisher

11.16 – Portland. OR – The Know

11.17 – Seattle. WA – Freakout Festival

11.18 – Seattle. WA – Freakout Festival

11.18 – Seattle. WA – KEXP In-Studio


** with Naked Giants




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