The Blood EP

Exoskeletal EP

Plasma Den/Overland Single

Plasma Den / Overland single

The Tunnel

"Plasma Den" / "Overland" single by San Francisco band The Tunnel, recorded with Jai Young Kim at Feast or Famine April 2017.

New flesh from the Tunnel, expanding on the primitive darkness of the "Six Curses of the Blackout Witchcave" EP, released earlier this year by the duo of Sam Black (bass/electronics) and Jeff Wagner (guitar/vocals). These two songs are the first to be written and recorded as a trio with new Tunnel drummer Michael Jacobs (pOrch), who transforms the earlier EP's alien machine beats into a much more inviting, dynamic proposition. "Plasma Den" is a sinuous roller coaster of backbeats and barbed wire, while "Overland" oozes seductive, spidery Giallo dreams.

In addition to the digital single, a limited edition of 250 x 10"/45rpm vinyl with full color jacket art + photo insert was released Fall 2017.
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Six Curses of the Blackout Witchcave

Six Curses of the Blackout Witchcave

The Tunnel

"Six Curses of the Blackout Witchcave" is a sleazy, bio-mechanical beast, brutal and ecstatic. This EP is a compilation of six online singles released by San Francisco band the Tunnel over 12 months roughly spanning 2016. Each was bashed out and recorded entirely direct by the stripped-down duo of Sam Black (bass, electronics) and Jeff Wagner (voice, guitars). The trashy, Queenadreena-esque on/off bursts here are a deliberate departure from the organic, roomy ambience of the Tunnel's previous record, "Apparition Overdrive." Drum sounds were handmade using a castoff Moog Rogue and Akai MPC sequencer. The tight, primitive rhythms sound like a thicker version of The Normal or Big Black, punching through alien flesh and relentless vocals. Black and Wagner played several 2016 shows with their cranky machine pounding through a dedicated PA + subwoofer, but since mid-2016 they have been joined on stage by excellent human drummer Michael Jacobs (pOrch).
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Apparition Overdrive

Apparition Overdrive

The Tunnel

San Francisco band the Tunnel makes spooky art punk blues, a blend of noisy noir (e.g., Swans, Young Widows, Dead Rider) and haunted sensuality (Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Kaleidoscope,” the Birthday Party’s “Mutiny”).

More intimate and spacious than the Tunnel’s previous record, “Sultry Daggers,” “Apparition Overdrive” was written collectively by two new collaborators, drummer Jon Weiss (Jello Biafra, Helios Creed, Horsey) and Rowland S Howard-esque guitarist Gregory James, along with the returning Sam Black (bass/electronics) and Jeff Wagner (vocals/guitar).

Dark melodies insinuate themselves through these spare songs, alternately driving (“The Visitant”, “Curse of Winter”, “Restless City”) and cinematic (“Crooked Arms”, “What Can Never Be.”) The
unhinged title track, “Apparition Overdrive,” sounds like a one-off collaboration between Gene Vincent and Al Jourgensen. Prowling post-punk rhythms evolve into eerie, electric fever dreams (“Binary”, “Phantasmic”) and American nightmares rear their pretty heads (“The Hills”, “Lights”.) Throughout, Wagner’s tales of love and loss are disguised as lurid pulp: Dark Science incantations, demon-chasing hot-rods, and doomed outer-space rivalries between aristocratic snake and rat creatures.


Press for "Apparition Overdrive":

"I can’t remember the last time I had this much trouble describing a band...Musically, it is as if you’re able to combine The Jesus Lizard with Portishead and it somehow works."
–Ty Stranglehold, Razorcake.org

“...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

“Vicious and pleasurable at the same time...builds itself up from song to song and culminates now and then in a musical outburst that is actually reminiscent of a storm...dark and captivating.”
- Christian Grasse, breitband.deutschlandradiokultur.de (Berlin public radio)

“really revel[s] in the theatrical noir and swampy post-punk that is commonly associated with The Birthday Party...The Tunnel is all in on what they are doing, down to Jeff Wagner’s vocals, which undoubtedly out duel the music itself in terms of sewer dwelling seediness.” - Jonathan Harnish, boaws.org
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Sultry Daggers

Fathoms Deep

Carver Brothers Lullaby

Carver Brothers Lullaby

The Tunnel

recycled chipboard digipack CD / mp3 album
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