Night Tongue are a transgressive darkwave duo from Australia now based out of Los Angeles. The duo, featuring Carisa Bianca Mellado and Andrew Dalziell, create a dark mythic world of romance, sex, death, horror and ecstasy. Spun from tales of love, tragedy and transgression, Night Tongue build romantic soundscapes of beautiful violence. Carisa’s astonishingly evocative vocals draw on a history of trauma, heroin addiction and sexual and physical violence. Andrew’s spark-spitting guitar tears open hidden ecstasies. With filthy bass, synth and drum machine pummeling the walls to contain it all, the duo ultimately combine their energies to create a music of ferocity, prayer and transcendence.
Post-punk veterans, the duo have worked and/or performed with David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), White Magic, Steve Albini, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Eric Erlandson (Hole), Nora Keyes (Centimeters, Fancy Space People), Gitane Demone and Rikk Agnew (Christian Death) and Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun. Carisa currently sings with legendary experimental doom band Asva with G. Stuart Dahlquist (Sun O))), Burning Witch, Goatsnake).
In 2017 Night Tongue performed in the UK with gnostic post-punk act The Academy of Sun and returned soon after for a European Tour in May/June of 2018. Their 10” EP Achelous + Melpomene is currently available to buy and stream. The EP tells the story of the birth of the Sirens in Southern Italy, mothered by the Muse of Tragedy, Melpomene and fathered by the ancient underworld God of the oceans Achelous. The sirens, born from this dark union, sing of both the sweetness and sadness that is love, life and death. Throughout 2017 and 2018 Night Tongue have composed scores for a number of short films and plays and performed sound baths. They are set to tour Australia in December.
Praise for Achelous + Melpomene
“Night Tongue take darkwave and ratchet it up with even more post-punk and goth sounds to make Achelous & Melpomene spooky, sexy and beautiful all at once” – Your EDM
“an EP with love and chilling resonance” – 9/10 – Infrared Magazine
“a gorgeous and mysterious EP” – Songs for the Moment
“It’s as beautiful as it is chilling. Powerful stuff.” – ****1/2 – Now Hear This Music
“With a moody darkness in tone and members Carisa Bianca Mellado and Andrew Dalziell splitting vocal duties for two separate versions of mythic gloom, Achelous + Melpomene delivers on its themes and resonates with the listener.” – Substream Magazine
“Releases like Achelous & Melpomene which have universal appeal across punk, goth, industrial, rock and even ambient electronica make duos like Night Tongue critical to darkwave’s survival. Not to mention it’s just gorgeous music.” – Ellenwood EP
“This album is slow, shimmering, dark, inspiring, and everything you could think would come from this dark union of Achelous and Melpomene.” – Audible Addixion
“Night Tongue paints pictures from sound combinations and takes it to the next level with Carisa’s exquisite vocals and Andrew’s masterful guitar. ” – West Coast Rocker
The Tote – Melbourne, Australia – December 16, 2018
TBA – New York – November, 2018
The Viper Room w/ Holygram, Egrets on Ergot, Readership Hostile – Los Angeles – November 14, 2018
Metamorfosi w/ Style Sindrome, Other Voices – Rome, Italy – May 11, 2018
800A w/ Angelo Lovato – Berlin, Germany – May 3, 2018
MS Stubnitz w/ The Academy of Sun – Hamburg, Germany – April 27, 2018
Windmill Brixton w/ The Academy of Sun, Elisabeth Elektra – London, UK – April 23, 2018
The Hope & Ruin w/ The Academy of Sun, Elisabeth Elektra, DJ Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)– Brighton, UK – April 22, 2018
Endless Window w/ The Academy of Sun, Elisabeth Elektra– Newcastle, UK – April 20, 2018
Hotel Pelirocco w/ The Academy of Sun– Brighton, UK – December 18, 2017
Rec Center w/ Plattenbau, Hexpressionist, Jason Adams – Los Angeles – October 22, 2017