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Brooklyn-via-Seattle garage-psych band Acid Tongue’s debut album, Babies, isn’t out until Oct. 13 on Freakout Records, but today the group released its first single, “If I Really Loved Her.”
It’s a catchy, laidback ode to devotion that reminds us to hang on to the ones who’ll stand by us no matter what. “Don’t I know it, I’m hard to love,” frontman Guy Keltner sings. “Being funny is not enough.”
“I wrote ‘If I Really Loved Her’ in one sitting, on a patio in the woods outside of Spokane, Washington,” Keltner says. “I was in the process of uprooting my life in Seattle and moving to Brooklyn. I lost my job, I lost a lot of my friends, and I was flat broke. I’m still flat broke. But I was with someone who believed in what I was doing and stuck it out with me during a really difficult period of my life. This song is a love note to that kind of loyalty. We don’t choose who we love, but we do choose who we stick with when things get rough.”
Give a listen to “If I Really Loved Her” in the player below.