Colour Tongues

Colour Tongues

Members

Dan Lavergne [Bass]
Graeme Meekison [Guitar]
James Challis [Guitar & Vocals]
Dave Taylor [Drums]

Biography

​Since their inception, Colour Tongues have taken hits and weathered storms, both literally and figuratively, and they’re still alive to tell the story. Coming from a variety of influences and life journeys, the band has survived mountain blizzards, floods and car crashes to bring dreamy and high-energy nostalgic rock, taking listeners on a journey to the 1980s and back to the present, with a stop-off in the early 2000s. The fundamentals of the music combine elements of math and progressive rock with shoe-gazy indie pop.

Singer and guitarist James Challis is an Australian native and as a young musician, Challis was in awe when introduced to Transatlanticism and Plans by Death Cab for Cutie. Inspired by the poetry and imagery in the lyrics, and the songwriting relationship between Chris Walla and Ben Gibbard, Challis was determined to form his own band. Over the next couple of years, Challis leaned heavily into music and moved to Vancouver where he met bass player Dan Lavergne via Craigslist.

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At around this same time, Toronto-born David Taylor needed a change, so he quit his job, became a nurse and picked back up an old hobby: playing drums. After starting nursing school, Taylor met his now fiancée actor and writer Meghan Hemingway, who introduced him to Challis at a party in April 2017. Shortly thereafter, Taylor was invited to join the band.

Meanwhile, guitarist Graeme Meekison started writing prog rock inspired solo work which caught the attention of Challis, also via Craigslist. Meekison was invited to join in a jam session with the group and Colour Tongues was born.

When the pandemic hit, Taylor (now a Clinical Nurse Leader) was deployed to the first COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. The boys still managed to stay active, playing a handful of live-streams, and completing recording of their LP, Midnight Island. Colour Tongues returned to the stage with a sold out show in Vancouver in September 2021 and were back on the road that October. This past December, the band organized a live music and charity event called “The 7 O’Clock Cheer” in a celebration of BC’s healthcare workers. Held at Imperial Vancouver, they raised over $2000 and the evening included a video address by Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Since their joining, the boys have toured and performed in over a dozen cities, achieved radio play in most provinces and ten states. Stay tuned for festival plans, their first foray to the UK, and a cross Canada tour in support of Midnight Island. More information will be released when available.

 

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