Night Tongue are a transgressive darkwave band from Australia, now based out of Los Angeles. Comprised of Carisa Bianca Mellado, Andrew Dalziell, and Elle Haert, Night Tongue create a dark mythic world of romance, sex, death, horror and ecstasy. Spun from tales of love, tragedy and transgression, their recent debut, The Stag King, builds romantic soundscapes out of beautiful violence.
Founding members Mellado (voice and bass) and Dalziell (voice and guitar), post-punk veterans themselves, 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, The Adolescents) and Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun. Both are members of experimental doom band Asva with Stuart Dahlquist (Sun O))), Burning Witch, Goatsnake), Toby Driver and Ron Varod (Kayo Dot), Nick Hudson (The Academy of Sun) and Adam Dahlquist.
In 2017, Night Tongue performed in the UK with gnostic post-punk act The Academy of Sun and returned with their 10” EP, Achelous + Melpomene, in February 2018. The mythological-heavy 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.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the duo composed scores for a number of short films and plays, performed sound baths, and completed tours of Australia and Europe. Still, Mellado and Dalziell found time to write and record their first full-length, The Stag King. In 2019 they completed tours of Europe and the US west coast and were joined by Elle Haert on vocals on keys and Ann Seletos on drums. With this new lineup they joined Glaswegian post-rock band Mogwai on their US tour and launched their first full length, The Stag King to critical acclaim. While still looking to mythology for inspiration, the band continues to explore the greater metaphors between the mythology and personal life on The Stag King.”The cycles of nature are represented through the Triple Moon Goddess of life, death and rebirth and the Stag God as he crosses the seasons of birth, fertility, death and renewal. This is heard as lovers meet, connect, devour, lose, go through the dark and are reborn on a higher level,” the band explains. “This album is about love fundamentally, but it really is about searching for the eternal space of that, through all seasons, life and beyond death.”