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Earth Tongue Share New Album 'Great Haunting' + Video 'Nightmare'

Earth Tongue Share New Album 'Great Haunting' + Video 'Nightmare'

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Warren Rodricks / Friday 14th June, 2024 9:50AM

Aotearoa's mega-heavy psych-fuzz troubadours Earth Tongue are clearly in the zone right now, launching their second studio album Great Haunting in the midst of monstrous tour of Europe and the UK, currently supporting Ty Segall. Written during the pandemic lockdown era while holed up bingeing on spooky movies in their Tāmaki Makaurau hausu, the now Berlin-based duo of Gussie Larkin (Mermaidens) and Ezra Simons' (Soft Bait, Troy Kingi) self-described "horrifying rock opera" is a doom-soaked nine track overload — conjuring vast sonics from just guitar, drums and yowls.

Maintaining a dark tradition of Aotearoa occult metal tracing back to Timberjack's iconic 1971 version of Black Widow's 'Come To The Sabbat', Earth Tongue's new narratives feel akin to flipping through the yellowed pages of ancient Charlton horror comic anthologies, nine tales dripping with unpitying dread. A feeling only reinforced by their video for today's lead single 'Nightmare', an electrifying montage of poltergeists in the kitchen, bloody body on the bed, rural ritualism — directed by Levi Strauss Cranston, shot by Ezra Simons on 16mm Kodak motion picture film, and made with support from NZ On Air. Sink your fangs into 'Great Haunting', experience the visual onslaught of 'Nightmare' (a sequel of sorts to their clip for 'Out Of This Hell'), plus watch this space very closely for more exciting Earth Tongue related news next week...

"Being in a relationship brings an extra element of trust to the ban. There is a kind of telepathy that goes on between us when we are playing live, especially with tricky starts and stops. When we record we sing together, on opposite sides of the room. It helps us lock in and makes it a way more fun to record - especially when we got to scream “DEAAAAAATH!!!” to each other during the recording of the song 'Nightmare'". — Gussie Larkin

'Great Haunting' is out today via In The Red Records.


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