Night Tongue

Night Tongue are a darkwave art band based out of Los Angeles. They are an eclectic genre-bending band that incorporates multiple styles including post-punk, southern gothic, shoegaze, doom metal, goth rock, dark jazz, soul, folk, world and classical music to build mythic worlds. The band is led by songwriting/composition duo Carisa Bianca Mellado (vocals, bass, synth) and Andrew Dalziell (vocals, guitar, cello, drums), both originally from Australia. They are joined by  Elle Haert  (synth, keys, vocals) and Jessica Reuter (drums, vocals).  

Night Tongue use mythic themes to explore the depths of human nature, sexuality, spirituality, vulnerability, desire, trauma and the cycles of life and death. In both film composition and songwriting, the band searches for ways to push boundaries as they seek new ways to explore music and themselves. 

Over the years, Mellado and Dalziell, have worked and/or performed with David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), White Magic, Steve Albini, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Eric Erlandson (Hole),  Gitane Demone and Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, The Adolescents), Asva with Stuart Dahlquist (Sun O))), Burning Witch, Goatsnake), and Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun. 

In 2019 the band completed tours of Europe and the US west coast and were joined by Elle Haert on vocals and keys as well as guest drummer Ann Seletos. They joined Glaswegian post-rock band Mogwai on their US tour and launched their first full length, The Stag King to critical acclaim. 

Night Tongue officially welcomed Jessica Reuter, as the band's permanent drummer, in early 2022, enhancing and completing Night Tongue's live and studio sound. 

In 2020 - 2021, band leaders Caria and Andrew, composed the score for Ka Po, a film by Etienne Aurelius, produced by Chelsea Winstanley (What We Do In The Shadows, Jojo Rabbit) and in 2023, completed  Pe'ahi, a coming of age film starring pro-surfer Kai Lenny. 

They continue to be busy with new releases, tours and film composition through 2023, with more to come in 2024. 


Night Tongue Photos of Andrew Dalziell & Carisa Bianca Mellado by Suzy Poling. Photo of Elle Haert by Jesse Barron and photo of Jessica Reuter by Elle Haert.