Colour Tongues

Colour Tongues, (spelled the Anzo-Canadian way), is a four-piece Progressive Indie Rock band based out of Vancouver, Canada.  Formed by Brisbane-born frontman James Challis and Winnipeg-native bass player Dan Lavergne in 2017, the group was later joined by aspiring virtuoso Graeme Meekison on guitar, and Toronto-born drummer Dave Taylor in 2018.  Since that time the band has emerged with a distinct sound that blends the complexities of math rock with the accessibility of indie, with comps including The Killers, Foals, Brontide, Minus the Bear, and This Town Needs Guns.

Colour Tongues gives audiences waves of head-bobbing, body-moving energy you can’t help but dance too, with lyrics that are both heart-warming and heart breaking. 

After releasing their debut EP in December 2017 Colour Tongues charted to #4 on CFMU-FM in Hamilton, ON and #2 on CILU-FM in Thunder Bay, ON, as well as making Earshot Magazine's National Top 50 (#48) in February 2018.

 Colour Tongues has been listed in Vancouver's Daily Hive as one of the Top 10 concerts to see in Vancouver alongside the likes of Lorde and Santana, with their live shows being described by Beatroute BC as “playful with dynamics, fast in their execution and with a fresh progressive sound”. 

With two completed tours across BC and Alberta, the band is planning a National Canadian tour, with possible stints in Australia and the US.  In the meantime, they will continue to produce, record, release and tour new music for Canadian and international audiences, with their most recent single, Southbound, being picked up by Caltify MX, Indie Music Nation, For the Love of Bands, The Eric Alper, BuffaBLOG, and Beat Lab Academy.

Colour Tongues has an extensive repetoire of covers as well, and is currently accepting bookings for weddings, corporate events, and private functions. Contact us for more details.

Special thanks to Yooshin Kim for photography, Claudia Alvarez for art design, and our stellar production team; Elisa Pangsaeng, Olivia Quan, David Sikula, and Brock McFarlane.


Upcoming Shows

June 8, 2019 - Whistler, BC - Crystal Lounge

June 13, 2019 - Vancouver, BC - Rootdwelles Showcase w/ our pals THE NOODLE BOYS

June 22, 2019 - Whistler, BC - Velvet Underground

July 6, 2019 - Vancouver, BC - Static Jupiter w/ Cawama, Strange Breed, and North by North (from Chicago)

July 26, 2019 - Vancouver, BC, Smiling Buddha Cabaret w/ Late Night Takeaway & Stevie’s Revenge

August 15, 2019 - Revelstoke, BC - The Last Drop Pub

August 17, 2019 - Kelowna, BC - Doc Willoughby’s w/ Lucky Monkey


Southbound by Colour Tongues James Challis - Guitar and vocals Graeme Meekison - Lead Guitar Dan Lavernge - Bass David Taylor - Drums

Official video for “Temper” by Colour Tongues.

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