The Tunics

The Tunics

 London, England, GBR
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Knitting together the socio-political zeal and foresight of The reverend with the sweet melodious indie rock’n’roll of Britpoppers The Bluetones, Croydon three piece The Tunics wear their fiery, urgent tunes with brutal honesty and earnestness. NME

Biography

The Tunics are a young three-piece from Croydon with a unique brand of lyric-driven, incisive rock’n’roll. The band recorded their debut album “Somewhere in Somebody’s Heart” in late 2007 with James Lewis (Cajun Dance Party, Wombats, Arctic Monkeys), and spent the year taking their local scene by storm, with local police called in to close down over-capacity shows, and the local council even trying to ban the band in their hometown.

The band was officially born after bassist Scott saw Joe play a solo acoustic gig in Croydon, and decided to join forces along with drummer Max, and another guitarist. Three years down the line, they have slimmed down to a three-piece, honed their live skills, and recorded their 12-track debut album ‘Somewhere in Somebody’s Heart’.

With the stripped down sound of drums, bass, guitar and vocals as the basis of each song, the Tunics mix stomping high voltage tunes of hope with dark tales with wit and suspicion, occasionally falling into more melancholic, quieter times that talk of momentary defeat.

There is a kind of honesty that runs through everything the Tunics do. These are not working class heroes, nor are they posh boys pretending to be something they’re not. They are a young band that came together through a common love for music. “Every gig I am putting my heart on my sleeve” Joe reveals, “There’s a reason for every lyric and when you’re playing you remember why you wrote it. It’s all very natural”

Lyrics

Cost Of Living

Written By: Joe Costello

The Cost Of Living

Bad boys at the back of the bus,
They’re kicking up a storm,
They’re kicking up a fuss about something,
That you know you never did,
This is something a kid should never witness

What’s this, cat’s got your tongue,
Left right pocket he brandishes a gun,
Is it a fake one, well who could ever tell?
As you wish to god, you’d be saved by the stop bell

Conductor or CCTV,
But no one’s out there who’s willing to help me,
In this what is my one time of need,
Thoughts spinning, kicking up a speed

Is this what free travel costs?
A phone and a wallet and a new ipod
Your grace and your last shreds of dignity
Are thrown away as you begin to plead
For what you believe could be your life or your teeth
Your love or your money or your wife to be
There’s answers to questions you’ll forever seek
Why did you do it to me?

It’s a sad sorry state of affairs
Looking there and everywhere for someone who cares
Someone to be there and see I’ve nowhere to go
But to go where the flowers grow
Live among the garden stones
There’s nowhere for this boy to roam

Bad boys with toy guns
On the last train in the setting sun
Make up for one long walk home

Is this what free travel costs?
A phone and a wallet and a new ipod
Your grace and your last shreds of dignity
Are thrown away as you begin to plead
For what you believe could be your life or your teeth
Your love or your money or your wife to be
There’s answers to questions you’ll forever seek
Why did you do it to me?

Shine On

Written By: Joe Costello

Shine On

I am the messiah and the king of kings
And I lead the empire and the emperor sings
But I know where I can came from, the land of weapons and fists
I understand the power of song, and that dreams are made of this

For this is rock n roll
I’ve got a rock n roll soul
And we are freedom fighters
For now…

Shine on, shine on
Before the music passes to you
Shine on, shine on
Before the music passes through you…

Would you walk on a crusade and swap your riches for poor
Would lose all the money you make, because you know what life is for
Well I know where I came from, the land of souls lost and won
I understand the power of dreams and the power of song

For this is rock n roll
I’ve got a rock n roll soul
And we are freedom fighters
For now…

Shine on, shine on
Before the music passes to you
Shine on, shine on
Before the music passes through you…

(You make up these feelings that are so contrived to make you feel in love to make you feel alive, to give a little reason to your pointless world, while you’re meanwhile forgetting you’re a stupid little girl)

Waiting

Written By: Joe Costello

Waiting

She’s fine – waiting for the enemy
She’ll sell her soul to reach a goal because they’ll never let her win
She’s high – waiting for the government
She’ll let the faces win the races cos they’ll never let her win
She’s got so many little friends
But if you heard the words they said about her when her back’s turned
You’d see it’s all just a little game
And yeah, they hurt her more than I do
But they love her all the same

To me, you are a work of art
And only when I’m with you can I breathe
And no just play a part in this show
They say ‘don’t you know’
That the show must go on
And I must go on
Singing these songs
That I don’t believe in anymore

ETC

Discography

1st Single - Cost Of Living - Out Dec 8th 2008
- Radio Play; XFM, BBC London
- TV; NME Radar, E4 & Sub TV
- Streaming; Last FM / myspace

Set List

In The City
Fade Out
Cost Of Living
Turn Away
Waiting
Shine On
Paris, France
- approx 30min set (headline shows 45min set)