New Zealand’s Earth Tongue share ‘Grave Pressure’ video

Earth Tongue press photo
Photo: Izzie Austin

Hot off the heels of performances supporting Queens of the Stone Age and captivating audiences in the US, Earth Tongue, the dynamic fuzz rock duo release the single, Grave Pressure, lifted from their highly anticipated new album ‘Great Haunting’, set for release June 14 via In The Red Records. 

Described by Rolling Stone AU/NZ as having “electrifying guitar riffs and dynamic drum beats,” their debut single Bodies Dissolve Tonight!’ served as a thrilling teaser for what fans can expect from the upcoming 9-track LP. Now, with Grave Pressure, the duo continue to deliver with the heavy hitting second single. The song begins with a unique, off-kilter drum fill, before vocalist and guitarist Gussie Larkin’s signature terrifying fuzz kicks in. In keeping with the album’s theme, the lyrics serve as a foreboding warning: “Grave Pressure crushing down on you.”

The corresponding music video for Grave Pressure, supported by NZ On Air, offers a mesmerising visual experience, filmed in Berlin following their most recent Europe tour. Directed by Tom Mannion, known for his work with Mermaidens on ‘Millennia,’ and produced by Caity Moloney (Dianas), the video captures Earth Tongue’s dark sense of humour with nods to B-horror movies of the 1970s and 80s. Shot entirely on 16mm film, the video embraces the medium’s rich colours and showcases the soft dreamy quality only real film grain can achieve.

Larkin notes, “If this song was a movie, the protagonist would be trapped in a torturous space between life and death… It’s totally schlocky, and we wanted a video to match that.” 

Despite encountering challenges, including an encounter with the Berlin “Ordnungspolizei,” or “order police” and being asked to leave a park while they were filming, the band’s dedication to their vision prevailed. “We soon found a new park, but it rained all day. The shoot was dramatic and a tad miserable. I guess we went method in a way… how else would you feel after being raised from the dead?” adds Gussie, reflecting on the peculiar scene that sees the duo lying buried under layers of leaves and dirt in a park in Berlin, amidst the pouring rain.

Watch the video for Grave Pressure via YouTube below.

Earth Tongue are wrapping up their New Zealand tour with final stops in Wellington and Auckland this month. This marks fans’ last chance to see them live in New Zealand before they venture to  the UK and Europe. There, the band will accompany Ty Segall & Freedom Band on an 11-date tour, and continue to build their fan base across over 40 dates booked throughout Europe this summer. US dates forthcoming.

More about Earth Tongue

Earth Tongue is a Heavy Psych/Fuzz band hailing from Aotearoa, New Zealand, renowned for their spellbinding fusion of ethereal melodies and thunderous rhythms. Comprising Gussie Larkin on guitar and vocals and Ezra Simons on drums, Earth Tongue has carved a niche within the global music scene, captivating audiences with their mesmerising live performances and transcendent sonic landscapes. Their debut album Floating Being (Stolen Body Records, 2019) quickly became an underground hit, seeing them embark on multiple tours across Australasia and Europe in the years since its release. Along the way, they’ve picked up high praise from BBC Radio6, Bandcamp and headbangers all over the world. Earth Tongue’s live show is a powerful, cult-like experience – the perfect mix of throw-your-horns-up heavy, and can’t-stop-listening catchy. This is affirmed by the high caliber support slots they’ve been offered recently including IDLES, Ty Segall, King Woman, Kikagaku Moyo and Queens of the Stone Age.

Earth Tongue Great Haunting cover art

Great Haunting’ tracklist

Out Of This Hell
Bodies Dissolve Tonight!
The Mirror
Grave Pressure
Miraculous Death
Sit Next To Satan
Reaper Returns
The Reluctant Host

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