The Tunics
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The Tunics

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
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"The Tunics, London Dublin Castle (Club Fandango) - Gig Review"

The Tunics, London Dublin Castle (Club Fandango) By Helen Szczupak • Mar 31st, 2009 • Category: Gig, Reviews The Tunics March 24th, 2009 By the time they take to the stage the room is packed out and the gap at the front has been filled. Tonight we are lucky enough to experience a live set from perhaps the most promising Britpop-esque offering of recent times in the form of The Tunics. Set opener ‘Paris, France’ starts off with a rhythm that will catch you quicker than Paula Radcliffe in a pair of ‘Heelys’ and sets a pace for their forthcoming set. The Tunics have rhythm, style and a strong and powerful sound that encircles the room tonight. The sound is heavier than on the album and creates much more depth in a live venue. This track experiences an interesting variation in tempo which breaks things down for the chorus (the reverse to what is normally the equation for creating a hit record), using strings and a very melancholic tone “Please don’t break my heart” which is sung with honest and convincing sincerity, with a defined purity to the vocals. The vocals of front man Joe Costello are individual and have a certain unique quality even though they run with that regional accent trend that has swept the charts (Ã la Arctic Monkeys, The Streets and Oasis), this time with a Croydon influence. This may not be an original concept but there is something a little bit special about this band tonight. At times a hint of Liam Gallagher perhaps, but there is something individual and appealing about the way that he sings. Make all the comparisons you like but there is no doubt that this band can cut it live in support of a frankly awesome debut album offering in the form of Somewhere In Somebody’s Heart. They show talent that spans a wide range of tempos and styles, but with a definitive trademark injection throughout. ‘Shine On’ is possibly their finest and most uplifting moment tonight, with a capturing and lively performance. It demonstrates their musical ability as well as strength of vocals. The vocals are the closest that we get to an Oasis-esque influence, but it does not feel like some of the regurgitated drivel that we so frequently have thrust upon us by the Top 40: “For this is rock n’ roll/I got a rock ‘n roll soul”. The bridge is a strong contrast and fits with the song perfectly for an instrumental interlude before the chorus; the crowd tonight cannot help but join in. They connect well with their audience and it is clear that everyone in the room is enjoying the set, existing fan or not (and you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be by the time they leave tonight). ‘Fade Out’ is strong and melodic with a riff that will leave a lasting impression. There is a certain sweetness to the vocals, a sound of hopelessness and pleading that fits with the lyrics perfectly. “I need you”, and you can genuinely feel that he means it. The lyrics “fade out” are impactful and spot on tonight. The sound is not forced and is effortless, a sign of true talent.
‘Turn Away’ breaks down the speed of the set for a ballad Tunics-style. It has a hidden rocked up beauty, and is far catchier than a lot of ballads out there. This is certainly a highlight of tonight’s set that demonstrates just how promising The Tunics’ career could be. It is a ballad that you can tap your foot along to; a hidden gem on the album and we feel fortunate that they played it here tonight, allowing Costello to demonstrate his vocal ability to the max with a definitive change in pitch from verse to chorus. The song itself without the lyrics is catchy with the music playing a full and noteworthy part to the song.
‘Cost Of Living’ hits the other end of the spectrum and steps things up for their most up- tempo and upbeat offering so far, with a slight influence of a rap style verse (think the Libertines with a twist of The Streets thrown in and a good slab of rock for good measure). The track gives them the chance to rock out and inject some vocal harmonies into a track about the current state of youth culture and crime on the streets, “a sad sorry state of affairs”. “Is this what free travel costs, a phone and a wallet and a new iPod?”, it peaks in a frenzy and speedy chorus that comes to an abrupt finish and has certainly got people in here taking notice tonight. Any thoughts of one trick ponies are galloping away at break neck speed…
Finale ‘Waiting’ is a great choice to close a memorable set tonight, with dual vocals that demonstrate a full array of tempos and styles in one song; “To me you are a work of art”. What is certain tonight is that this band creates a huge sound for a three-piece, and had we not seen it with our own eyes we may not have believed it. The reception from the crowd is positively shining, a promise of great things to come.
We will most definitely be catching this band again in the very near future and look forward to seeing them play to some larger audiences. The Tunics should come with a warning label: dangerously addict - Muso's Guide

"The Tunics. South Croydon hands London Calling a brand new indie outfit. Glad rags for good times to come..."

Tunesome trio The Tunics are on the cusp of releasing their debut single, The Cost of Living, in December 2008.

It's a song that hears mainman, Joe Costello, contemplate the real cost of freedom on London's streets, " this what free travel costs, a phone and a wallet and a new iPod?", accompanied by an edgy video taking the boys on that old familiar night bus home. Errrgh.

Thankfully, no waiting around for four hours in the freezing cold beforehand, though, and the song nips along at a reliably choppy, poppy, pace.

It's a song that sounds as familiar as if it had been on the radio every day for six months already. An instant hit if ever there was one, and with any luck, it will be, justifying our choice in it as the band's London Calling calling card.

Check out their MySpace and you'll find a reassuringly substantial collection for the band's two year history. All too often have great debuts stood on flimsy foundations, but this gang aren't shy of material, with a collection of live videos, blogs and press cuttings, not to mention a few bonus tracks.

Go see 'em when they next play in London. Dates can be found on that MySpace and all the links you need are in the right-hand column of this page.

Listen to the music. Invade the stage. And go love the Tunics as much as we do.


"The Tunics - 'Cost of Living' - Single Review"

Croydon’s Latest Exports- The Tunics

Get lost in the lyrics of their kooky and catchy debut single.

With no prior knowledge of this band and before having properly read the press release, I slipped a CD into my laptop with the intent of just having something to accompany my daily Facebook stalk. As a husky southern voice growled through the debut single Cost Of Living, I was instantly more hooked than I could ever have expected. Made up of a threesome from Croydon, the band boasts a cool mixture of raw edginess and sophisticated chic. Mesmerising lyrics to rival such genius of the Arctic Monkeys leave their debut single to tackle issues other than the usual bog standard of love, and instead to explore our society in a way that is devilishly cool and undeniably thought provoking. Having collaborated with producer James Lewis (who has recently worked with the likes of Cajun Dance Party, the Wombats and the Arctic Monkeys) and already treated loyal fans to free downloads of their songs for a limited time via their website, the boys have generated a more than deserved electric buzz around themselves and are ready to break into the UK music scene. Described as “like the Arctic Monkeys with extra oomph” by Vanguard Online, I would strongly urge you all to check out the many Youtube videos of The Tunics and to be blissfully blown away by their trendy album Somewhere In Somebody’s Heart due for release in March of next year.

Cost Of Living will be released by Manta Ray Music on December 8th 2008.

To watch the Tunics in action and get a sneak peek of their upcoming album, why not visit their official Youtube page:
- Liverpool Student Media (LSMedia)

"Pick of the week – Club NME Swansea - The Tunics"

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 a brutal honesty and earnestness. Be sure to go down to Club NME Swansea early before they fly off the rails. - NME

"The Tunics - 'Cost of Living' - Single Review"

Reviewed by Less Than Jake

Buddy: It's Lyrically the best we've heard.
JR: Yeah, for sure.
Vinnie: It's almost like post-third-wave ska, but English
JR: I thought it was pretty catchy, but I'm a sucker for Britpop.
Buddy: Seven point two! - Rocksound


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



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”