Sounds to me like Native Tongue obtained a copy of Gang of Four's seminal Entertainment LP, found religion, and decided to take a crack at it themselves. Maybe it wasn't as simple as that, but to my ears it might as well have been. Presumably hailing from Boston, MA, or thereabouts, Native Tongue were quintessentially post-punk: jagged riffs, intermittent chanted/sung vox, and so damn rhythmically intense it's not funny. Some of their material is so derivative that I'm tempted to specify which Gang of Four songs their copping, but I'll stop just short of that. Nevertheless, "Speaking In Captions" lead-off riff is just as infectious as U2's "I Will Follow," or even "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Overall, this ep is roughly as approachable as any given Pylon record, if that's your thing. N/T have a Myspace page, where I believe you can listen or even buy some of these songs and more. Might not be a bad idea to head over there, given the annoying, omnipresent pops and crackles of my rip. This was released on Detente Records, which was distributed via the esteemed and still very much in operation Newbury Comics. Lastly, the band thanks none other than Roger Miller on the lyric sheet.
01. Speaking in Captions
02. All Wronged Up
03. No Sense
04. Carving the Future From Soap