"Like the witch from Hansel and Gretel, Joel Jasper and Zach Mabry of Forest of Tongue seem enamored with filling human orifices with cookie dough, gumdrops, Elmer’s glue, juice, figs, cotton candy, sour Skittles, McVities Digestive Crackers, sugar-coated m-80s, and pretty much anything else that causes devastating, crystalline trauma at a molecular level.
All of this shocking and sugary violence is scaled up proportionately by Jasper and Mabry’s instrumentation, which on “Dark Chocolate,” sounds a lot like Deerhoof and the Muppets band ate marzipan intestines soaked in PCP, and an hour later reduced themselves to a pile of blood, splinters of resonant wood, and polyester fur. In reality, Forest of Tongue (either a great innuendo or the nightmare where my little brother sleepwalks across the carpet whispering about a meadow of tongues licking his feet as the trees leer behind him) hooked up with J.P. Bendzinski –who’s worked with Crystal Antlers– to add some protein to their tooth-rotting, math-pop sound."
- Ross Devlin (Tiny Mix Tapes)
Song Review: "Dark Chocolate"
“experimental indie candy gumdrop rock…pop music coated in barbiturates and mood enhancers…guitars warble and shake, while drums are beat to death in a confined space. You've never heard anything quite like this before.” -Notes From Left Of The Dial
"..an alternative sound that stays bright and colourful even at its weirdest musing. Think Talking Heads meets The Beach Boys and you're halfway there. Add the contemporary vocabulary of math rock along with a dash of MGMT’s pop sensibilities, and you've pretty much got it." - Drunken Werewolf
"Body Pains" Album Review // "Body Pains is the self-released, full-length debut by Long Beach duo Forest of Tongue...Off the bat, album opener “Keep In Mind” mercurially flows in and out of idiosyncratic rhythms, exhibiting the instrumental chops of both guitarist/vocalist Joel Jasper and drummer Zach Mabry. More importantly, the two members play exceptionally well together, continually trading impressive licks but never drifting astray or slipping into a directionless abyss." -Cory Campbell, Long Beach Independent
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