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Gift of Tongues / Press

“Every so often, there comes a band that feels the need to create something just a little different. If you are the type who likes something unique from time to time, Songs of My People from David E Johnston and the rest of Gift of Tongues is just the album for you.”

“Aggressive, Humorous, Lyrical Art”

“When poetic lyrics, enticing rhythms and melodies, and theatrical displays of sound come together unabashed, Songs Of My People results....simply amazing”

“Songs Of My People is eclectic and fun; occasionally maddening, and ultimately listenable in its complicated simplicity.”

“When poetic lyrics, enticing rhythms and melodies, and theatrical displays of sound come together unabashed, Songs Of My People results. Think of Enigma crossed with Rob Zombie and Squonk Opera. Simply amazing.”

“Ok, straight up, no holds barred, this is one of the strangest, craziest, twistiest records I’ve listened to in a long, long time. It sure ain’t no ordinary electronica! It’s kind of like Tom Waits meets Soft Cell or A Flock of Seagulls all mixed up with Velvet Underground. It’s surreal. Dark, strange lyrics tell tales that weave like the “Snakes Around Them” through the consciousness sometimes beckoning and beguiling, at others it’s more like being dragged along kicking and screaming.”

“Johnston’s songs are deceptive. Listening with half an ear in a crowded bar, you’ll hear smooth, usually up-tem-po music, but pay attention to the Iyrics, and you’ll get a whole other story.”

Orland Outland - Bay Area Reporter

“Johnston comes up with a troubling entertaining mix of Southern legend, psychodrama, cabaret, chamber music, Madonna, and Fleetwood Mac.”

Glen Helfand - SF Weekly

“Atmospheric moments [that] journeys into the violently twisted underbelly of the American Dream.”

Jeffrey Winter - SF Bay Times

“Haunting and occasionally hilarious songs, written by Johnston and performed with a hearty, drawling irony.”

Neva Chonin - SF Weekly
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