Wellington’s Earth Tongue are all about the riff—specifically the warmer, fuzzier side of things. This duo—featuring Gussie Larkins from Mermaidens and Ezra Simons of Red Sky Blues—have just released their debut EP, Portable Shrine, this month.

Now they are gearing up for their next high point, supporting Ufomammut and Monolord at the San Fran on October 3 with fellow locals, Spook The Horses. We chatted to the pair as part of our Two Minutes With series.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Fuzzy, loud, groovy, delicate and mind-wobble.

What’s going on in the world of Earth Tongue?

We've just released the first track off our debut EP, Portable Shrine. Gearing up for quite a few shows leading into summer, including a trip to Melbourne in November. 

What motivates you to make music?

That feeling when you forget who you are and get lost within the '~m u s i c~ maaaan'. It's medicine. Just turn on the lava lamp and the riffs fall out!

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?

Earth Tongue is still an infant project but opening for Ufomammut will be great. We saw them in Portugal last year and both bought their t-shirt. We have to make sure we don't wear them on the same day. No low points as of yet.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

The All Seeing Hand. Womb. Spook the Horses. Exploded View. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

Gussie says that I'm a pushover, so I'd get eaten first. I agree because she gets really ‘hangry’ and I can only take so much of that. 

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

Ezra says litterers. Gussie says old white men who assume she doesn't know anything about music. 

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.

King Gizz. Bone. Tanned Christ. Making. Orb. Nick Cave. 


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