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Introducing… Colour Tongues

Rock songs about coming of age

Colour Tongues are a four-piece indie rock band that sing about being able to weather the storm. Lead singer and guitarist James Challis was born in Australia and had an interesting upbringing. His father was part of a Sahaja Yoga set up which drew many accusations of being a cult. His mother got them out of it. This story somewhat informs some of the backdrop of their new single “Ashgrove” – an Aussie city that is viewed as a coming of age sink or swim location for young adults. Expect big power chords, some really nifty guitar fingerwork for clever solos and some rowdy anthemic crowd calls. Their previous work often has a bit of shoegazing thrown into the mix too but without losing its immediate catchiness. For me, Colour Tongues perfectly balances the poppier aspects of power chords with the chaos of chunky walls of rock. *chefs kiss*

The idea of coming of age and sink or swim moments relates to all the band members – not least drummer David Taylor, who has been working as a nurse during the pandemic (thank you). Alongside Grahame (guitar) and Dan (bass) whom also had impasse moments in life – this track is an anthem to hopefully swimming. The single is out now and you can listen to it below.

For more info on Colour Tongues and their current tour – visit their Instagram.

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