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Tangerine is an American indie pop band. Originally based in Seattle, the group relocated to Los Angeles in 2017.[1]

OriginSeattle, Washington (state), United States
GenresIndie pop, dream pop,[2] indie rock, garage rock revival[3]
Years active2013–present
LabelsSWOON Records
  • Mariko Justad
  • Miro Justad
  • Tony Kuhn
Past members
  • Ryan Baker


Sisters Mariko and Miro Justad played as a duo called The Neons at the SoundOff battle of bands competition for young people, hosted through the Museum of Pop Culture.[1] Toby Kuhn, who was in the SoundOff audience, partnered with Mariko to create a duo, The Sutures;[1][4] Miro also played with their band after she entered high school.[1] The group split as Kuhn attended, then left, college,[4] while Mariko met and performed[5] with Ryan Baker as they both were students at the University of Washington.[6] When The Sutures reunited, Baker joined the lineup, and the band regrouped under the name Tangerine in January 2013.[5]

Over the course of that year, the quartet released their first two EPs, Pale Summer and Radical Blossom.[4] Both EPs received positive buzz from The Guardian,[7] the print edition of NME,[8] and MTV.[9] The band also garnered attention, including "a shout-out from Governor Inslee",[5] for the early single "Hanford Rivera", which addresses toxic waste leakage into the Columbia River from the Hanford Site.[10] Between 2013 and 2014, Tangerine performed at the national level as part of South by Southwest,[11] as well as regional Pacific Northwest festivals like Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party.[12][1]

In 2014, Tangerine's song "The Runner" was featured in two episodes of season 4 of the television comedy Awkward.[13] In October of that year, the band's third EP Behemoth!, its first studio recording[4], was released. A review in Northwest Asian Weekly favorably compared the "sweet vocals" and "edgy chords" of Behemoth! to The Velvet Underground and Television's Marquee Moon album.[12]

In February 2016, a fourth Tangerine EP, Sugar Teeth, arrived. The EP's first and second tracks, "Tender" and "Sunset", premiered on Noisey[14] and Stereogum,[15] respectively.

In June 2017, the Justad sisters and Kuhn announced a move from Seattle to Los Angeles, aiming to record a debut record as Tangerine and interact with more diverse music audiences.[1] Two months later, the band shared the single "Sly Moon", a track created with help from Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age and Zach Dawes of Mini Mansions.[16] After a fall tour with Bleachers,[16] this was followed by a Billboard-exclusive release of the single "Fever Dream" in November 2017.[16]

In October 2018, Tangerine shared their singles "Local Mall"[17] and "Cherry Red"[18] with accompanying music videos. Marika Justad revealed that the group's EP White Dove, which arrived the same month, would transition from Tangerine's previous rock direction to a more melodic sound with pop elements.[17]

Musical style and influences

The name "Tangerine" came from the song of the same name on Led Zeppelin's album Led Zeppelin III.[12] The members of Tangerine have described the group's style as "dark pop + rock n roll".[16]

Mariko Justad has cited Courtney Love, Mazzy Star, and Karen O as stylistic influences, as well as Lou Reed and The Beach Boys for their ability to maintain "that bittersweet light/dark balancing act" in their songwriting.[19] Miro Justad and Kuhn have claimed inspiration, particularly for beats, from Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Antônio Carlos Jobim.[12]


Current members

  • Mariko Justad - vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Miro Justad - drums, vocals
  • Tony Kuhn - guitar, vocals[20]

Past members

  • Ryan Baker - bass, vocals[20]



  • Pale Summerdigital download (2013)
  • Radical Blossom SWOON Records (USA), digital download (2013)
  • Behemoth! digital download/CD (2014)
  • Sugar Teeth SWOON Records (USA), digital download/CD (2016)
  • White Dove digital download (2018)[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Gospe, Andrew (29 June 2017). "Goodbye for now: Seattle band Tangerine is moving to Los Angeles". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Tangerine Shares Dreamy New Track "Fever Dream": Exclusive". Billboard. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Behemoth! by Tangerine". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Rupert, Dylan Tupper (2014-10-13). "Rookie » Tangerine: You'll Always Be Lonely". www.rookiemag.com. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  5. ^ a b c McKinney, Adam (6 November 2013). "Seattle's Tangerine pull off a wondrous balancing act". Weekly Volcano. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  6. ^ Pham, Christy. "Boxes of Tangerine". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  7. ^ "New band of the day (Tangerine 1,601)". the Guardian. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  8. ^ "Sonicbids (cites print version of NME)". Sonicbids. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  9. ^ Greenwald, David. "Tangerine Deliver The Indie-Pop Of Your Pacific Northwest Dreams With 'Nothing Better'". MTV News. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  10. ^ King, Anna. "Seattle Band To Release Pop Song Inspired By Hanford Tank Waste". www.nwnewsnetwork.org. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  11. ^ Pacheco, Agatha (2017-06-28). "Tangerine Is Growing Into a California Orange". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  12. ^ a b c d "How Sweet It Is — Tangerine's New Album 'Behemoth!'". Northwest Asian Weekly. 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  13. ^ "Music by Tangerine". Tunefind. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  14. ^ "PREMIERE: Tangerine's Guitar Pop Brings Sunshine to Seattle with "Tender"". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  15. ^ "Tangerine – "Sunset" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  16. ^ a b c d "Tangerine Shares Dreamy New Track 'Fever Dream': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  17. ^ a b "Tangerine Grab Their Cowboy Hats and Head to the 'Local Mall' In New Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  18. ^ "Tangerine Take Over a Sunny Seaside Town In "Cherry Red" Video (KEXP Premiere)". www.kexp.org. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  19. ^ "KEXP Q&A: Marika Che of Tangerine". kexp.org. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  20. ^ a b "New band of the day (Tangerine 1,601)". the Guardian. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  21. ^ "Tangerine - Releases - MusicBrainz". musicbrainz.org. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
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