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.