Night Tongue

Composition and Songwriting Bio

Los Angeles based composition and songwriting duo Carisa Bianca Mellado and Andrew Dalziell have been working together in a musical partnership since early 2017. Founded on their mutual passion for film score, opera, synth, world and darkwave music, the duo formed an alliance based on shared aesthetics and a love of film, experimental art and mythology. 

Carisa Bianca Mellado, a Chilean Italian raised in Australia, is a virtuosic singer with a 4 octave vocal range. The descendant of legendary bel canto baritone Antonio Tambourini, her voice traverses many genres and styles, from pop to metal and opera. She studied at Berklee School of Music and is an accomplished electronic musician, bass player, pianist and producer.

Andrew Dalziell is an Australian virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist who specializes in percussion, Taiko drums, guitar, cello, vocals and piano. A graduate of Melbourne Conservatory of Music, he is a skilled orchestrator and an accomplished instrumentalist who has performed in multiple orchestras and ensembles. 

Together, Carisa and Andrew have scored 12 short films and their first feature, Kapõ, directed by Etienne Aurelius and produced by Chelsea Winstanley (Jojo Rabbit, What We Do In The Shadows) is set to be released, late 2021. 

Night Tongue Band Bio

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, indie, film, 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) and features Elle Haert’s vocals and her synth/keyboard in live performance.  

Night Tongue use mythic themes to explore the depths of human nature, sexuality, spirituality, vulnerability, desire, trauma and the cycles of life and death using myth as allegory to express the human experience. They incorporate taboo or transgressive themes, such as sexuality, desire, death, trauma, vulnerability, nakedness, spirituality, the occult and the nature of nature itself. The composition duo seek to not only push boundaries as they search for new ways to explore music and composition, but they also push the boundaries within as they search out new ways to understand and integrate life. The result can lead to somewhere tender, sweet and soft or somewhere terrifying, ferocious and raw. Both extremes come from a willingness to go somewhere uncomfortable and vulnerable. 

Over the years, post-punk veterans 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) and Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun. Both are guest 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, completed tours of Australia and Europe and wrote and record their first full-length album, The Stag King. In 2019 they completed tours of Europe and the US west coast and were joined by Elle Haert on vocals and keys. With this new lineup and accompanied by Ann Seletos on drums, they joined Glaswegian post-rock band Mogwai on their US tour and launched their first full length, The Stag King to critical acclaim. The album explores the cycles of nature, life, death and rebirth as the Stag God crosses the seasons of birth, fertility, death and renewal. 

2020’s pandemic saw the release of their single, Golem, their epic Halloween EP, On Hallowed Ground and their Yule tide release, Polaris. On top of this, Carisa and Andrew scored their first feature film, Kapõ directed by Etienne Aurelius and produced by Chelsea WInstanley (Jojo Rabbit, What We Do In The Shadows), to be released late 2021.


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

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