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

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.