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 releasing two 3-song EPs, one recorded with Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs) at El Studio and another with Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses) at Louder Studios. A vinyl release wrapping up these EPs plus a third recorded by Jai Young Kim (Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Secret Chiefs 3) in 2018 is planned on Forbidden Place Records for the fall of 2019. A new batch of songs recorded with Tim Green in 2019 is being worked up for release in late 2019-early 2020.
“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