One Track Mind: Tangled Eye, “Drinking Again” from Dream Wall (2014)

This song begins with a stumbling death rattle, all crepuscular menace, and then Dede Priest blurts out the title — and for a moment, it’s unclear, just who’s snot-slinging drunk. But Tangled Eye soon clears that up, in the form of an ass-kicking list of end-of-her-rope declamations that push “Drinking Again” into a whole new place.

The anger in that riff isn’t impotent brown-bottle rage, it’s from the other side of the relationship — from someone who has put up with year after year, night after night of a carousing no count.

Yet, as that fury bubbles over, Priest handles the lyric with just the right amount of scarred-up swagger, even as she hides every damn bottle in the whole entire house. After all, she’s heard it all before, seen all the stages — from happy to sad, from promises to regret.

The time has come to start over, if only to give it a final try. But, from the sound of it, just one. That scroungy riff, and a flat, pissed-off cadence (courtesy of guitarist Jan Mittendorp and drummer Jasper Mortier) continues with a relentlessness that tells you just how dangerously thin her patience has become — and sets the table nicely for Tangled Eye’s newly released Dream Wall, from Mittendorp’s Black and Tan Records.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.