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, addiction, violence and transcendence. 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 rapture.
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 also sometimes sings for experimental doom band Asva with 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. Night Tongue completed a country wide tour of Australia in December 2018. Their debut full length album is set for release in 2019.