The Tunnel Kings
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The Tunnel Kings

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"The Tunnel Kings are a politically-conscious band with a dance factor. The band plays with an angsty lo-fi sound on 'Smoke Like Rainclouds' while Donaghey belts his Bright Eyes-like vocals, which demand to be in the forefront of the song. More danceable is 'New Freedom Fighter['s Manual],'but it's just as political and self-aware. The song will put the worn dance floor to work." -Amanda Burhop, Eugene Weekly - Eugene Weekly


Remi and the Admiral Freebee (2006)
Nausea (2007)
Freedom Fighter - EP (2008)
Songs for and Inspired by America (2008)



Kindergarten rivals-turned-bandmates River Donaghey and Jason Waldrip began playing guitar together in fifth grade. Taking their name from from the movie The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, the band had a full lineup and a couple of shows under their belts before high school began.

Inspirations ranging from River's obsession with existential writers to drummer Asa Clifford's love of the Wu Tang Clan, the Tunnel Kings' music is varied and ever-evolving. Their sound has been compared to early Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and Tokyo Police Club among others... But the Tunnel Kings refuse to be pinned down to a certain genre. With two albums and a new EP, each piece of work stands separate from the last, showing the band's maturation throughout the years. They have shared the stage with local favorites the Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers, indie godfathers Mission of Burma, and blues rockers Rose Hill Drive, among others.

Recently, the band has been negotiating with producer Brian Deck about the possibility of working with him on their third full-length album. Deck has lent his hands to records by Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, and Ugly Casanova, along with many more. Only time can tell what kind of strange and beautiful noises will come from their collaboration.