Church Tongue Sets Guitarist on Fire, Find Band Still Blows Anyway


church tongue fireSo there’s this band from Indiana that used to be called Conquerors, is currently called Church Tongue (yes, they took their name from a Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie), will soon be called “That band with that dude who set himself on fire,” and then will be called nothing because everyone will have forgotten about them.

In the meantime, they get to enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame because they routinely set their guitarist, Chris Sawiki, on fire during shows. Which is dumb, and not just because of the safety concerns.

I’m all for theatricality. I will watch the Gene Simmonses and Greg Puciatos and of the world spit fire ’til the cows come home, and I’m as delighted as anyone when Rammstein sets Til Lindemann aflame. But there’s a reason Rammstein do that to their singer, and not their guitarist: the dude can wear a heavy, fire retardant coat and still stand in front of a mic and sing in a scary German voice.  But that’s not the case with Church Tongue; it’s clear that this poor dude is struggling with being a human candle and a guitar player. In other words: playing well obviously isn’t Sawiki’s first priority, which means the band has moved beyond theatricality and into gimmickry.

So, like I said… I hope Church Tongue enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame. Also, that no one is killed at a Church Tongue show.

[via Metal Insider]

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