San Francisco noise rock scoundrels, The Tunnel, are haunters of the void. Since 2009, their swarthy post-punk and swampy deathrock has swirled together with howled poetry, shape-shifting from sparse atmopherics to muscular groovesa and organic machinations.
2018 saw the band releasing two 3-song EPs, one with Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs) in El Studio (released Oct 16, 2018) and the second with Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses) at Louder Studios (released January 15, 2019). A vinyl release wrapping up past EPs is planned on Forbidden Place Records in the fall of 2019. New recordings for the next record begin in April 2019.
Sam Black and Jeff Wagner serve as the black heart of the band, with Black handling bass/electronics and Wagner howling haunted prose and heaving guitar tones. Newcomer Michael Jacobs (ex-pOrch) brings a brawny, dynamic certainty to the rhythm section, fresh but familiar to the Tunnel's established breed of jagged hooks and turns.
Crooked and restless, The Tunnel's storied discography draws apt comparisons to The Jesus Lizard, 16 Horsepower, Killing Joke, and The Birthday Party - an intoxicating mixture of outlaw ballads soaked in dark musicianship. From apocalyptic jangles to hypnotic drum machines, sprawling sci-fi blues to pummeling, angular deathrock, these punk troubadours have many a lurid tale to tell.
"Swagger fueled death rock attitude...Enlightening, inspiring and highly original"
-Dave Allison, Custom Made Music Blog
“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
"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
"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."
"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)
“These guys is Motherfuckers, no less.”
-Julian Cope, www.headheritage.co.uk