San Francisco noise rock scoundrels The Tunnel have been perfecting their unique blend of haunted post-punk and swampy atmospherics since 2008. Crooked and restless, The Tunnel's discography draws apt comparisons to The Jesus Lizard, 16 Horsepower, Killing Joke, and The Birthday Party - an intoxicating mixture of outlaw ballads, cranky drum machines, sprawling sci-fi blues, and pummeling, angular deathrock.
Sam Black and Jeff Wagner have served as the black heart of the band since 2010, with Black handling bass/electronics and Wagner howling haunted prose and heaving guitar tones. Drummer Michael Jacobs (ex-pOrch) has transformed the rhythm section with his brawny dynamics since joining in 2018.
2018-19 saw the band digitally releasing three EPs recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs), Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses), and Jai Young Kim (Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Secret Chiefs 3).
Shapeshifter is an 8-song gatefold LP / digipak CD compiling the 2018-19 digital EPs, and is being released on Denver's Forbidden Place Records (currently in preorder Spring 2020), with different limited color vinyl editions for US and Europe.
Another new batch of Tunnel songs recorded by Tim Green and mixed by Sam Black is being released in Spring and Summer 2020 - a split single "Candy Viper" b/w "Radiator" with Oakland, CA postpunk band Thought Leaders, was digitally released on April 14 (vinyl 7" planned for later 2020), as well as a 4-song "The Nightfall EP" slated for digital release May 19 on King of Sticks Recording Cooperative.
“These guys is Motherfuckers, no less.”
-Julian Cope, www.headheritage.co.uk
“Like Bauhaus meets the Cramps meets Iggy meets early Pere Ubu, but more sparse than any of those...Sounds like 1982, and yet fresh.”
-Peter Doubt, KFJC On-Line Reviews
"Between its staggering bass and compelling grooves, the post-punk of The Tunnel is alternately cold, rock'n'roll, goth, cutting, hypnotic, warlike, and crackling into a corridor also roamed by Toulouse's Otto, Swann Danger, and Love Life."
"Tom Waits meets Rob Zombie with some German expressionism thrown in...this would be my soundtrack to sit brooding in a dimly lit room late at night, plotting the gruesome demise of all my enemies."
-Lord Kveldulfr, Razorcake
"A song by The Tunnel is like a song by The Fall. You can expect everything except the expected...And yeah it hurts, but the pain is so delicious you push the repeat-button."
-Didier Becu, Peek-a-Boo Magazine (Belgium)
"Swagger fueled death rock attitude...Enlightening, inspiring and highly original."
-Dave Allison, Custom Made Music Blog