In 2006, Duncan McKnight and Nima Ashe moved from Los Angeles, California to Berlin, Germany. There they met Robert Michael Giddens in Astro bar and began playing shows and and working with a psychedelic rock label in Berlin called Trip in Time records. The trio later became known as The Virgin Tongues and kept playing shows on Berlin’s east side, eventually opening for The Kills in 2009. That year, while on tour to Reykjavik Iceland (and to record their debut album with Singapore Sling frontman Henrik Bjornsson), McKnight fell from a window in downtown Reykjavik, suffering serious injuries and spending 9 months in hospital. Despite valiant efforts, The Virgin Tongues did not play together again and only a few recordings remain from those days.


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