SLANDER TONGUE: Self-titled: LP

Slovenly introduces stateside audiences to Berlin’s latest garage rock kings, Slander Tongue. The frontman is Automatic Axel of Bikes and Modern Pets, so you know you’re going to get a heavy Real Kids influence, which is always a pleaser. There’s more of a tempo range than is typical of garage punk, with many of the songs falling into the slower or mid-tempo side. Clean, non-distorted production enhances the tracks, allowing them to speak for themselves, without the need for ostentatious post-recorded enhancements. It’s quite the debut. Hopefully, it won’t stand as just a short-lived side project. –Art Ettinger (Slovenly)