Earth Tongue (NZL)
Earth Tongue are a heavy psych band from Wellington, New Zealand. Since their emergence into the small but dedicated Wellington scene in late 2016, things have been on a steady upward trajectory for the two-piece. They released their debut EP ‘Portable Shrine’ soon after playing their first show, and since then have quickly become one of New Zealand’s most exciting underground live acts. Frontwoman Gussie Larkin is known for her thick, fuzzy guitar tone with enough volume and bass to make the audience forget that there’s only two people on stage. She’s equally at home playing off-kiler heavy riffs or delicate, reverb-washed quiet sections. Behind the drum kit is Ezra Simons, who has a melodic and unusual way of playing that adds to the band’s intensity and intrigue. Both band members also provide vocals, creating a full, harmonized sound, adding psychedelic textures and interesting melodies to the carefully crafted songs. Gussie’s voice is dreamy and soft, and Ezra’s is harsh, throaty and thick, creating a contrast that the band members see as one of their most unique attributes. Throughout 2017 Earth Tongue’s growing reputation landed them gigs with Wolfmother, Brant Bjork, UFOMAMMUT and Monolord. They’ve also played sets at acclaimed festivals such as NZ Psych Fest, A Low Hum, and Others Way Festival. They’ve played multiple times in all corners of NZ, and are about to embark on their third Australian tour. They’re currently working on their debut LP, to be released early 2019
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