TUNS REVEALS NEW SINGLE “THROW IT ALL AWAY”
EAST COAST SUPER-GROUP OF CHRIS MURPHY, MATT MURPHY, AND MIKE O’NEILL TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON AUGUST 26 VIA ROYAL MOUNTAIN RECORDS
“Behold your latest supergroup: TUNS. Three of Canada’s best songwriters/musicians from the 90s having a blast for their sake and ours” Exclaim!
"TUNS is a trio of eternally boyish and Beatlesque voices veritably born to sing and play together.” The Toronto Star ‘Your New Favourite Thing’
PHOTO : VANESSA HEINS
TUNS’ first single “Mind Over Matter” is proof that they’re not a bunch of old dudes past their peak who want to play half-tempo dirges about their divorce. The track has received considerable attention with Stereogum calling it “a lovelorn boot-stomper” and Exclaim! proclaiming it as a “bouncing glimmer-rock, ” while at radio it has hit #1 on both CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3. Today, the ‘supergroup’ comprised of Chris Murphy (Sloan) Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights), and Mike O’Neill (Inbreds), is ready to treat your speakers to the second single from their upcoming self-titled album, “Throw It All Away”.
"I love this song because of its relay quality,” says O’Neill. “I sing the lead up till the chorus and then I pass it off to Matt who lifts it to another place. Chris backs me up in the second verse and finally Matt rips a very satisfying melodic solo. It's very much a three hander."
TUNS is an exciting new band of equals, of collaborators, of experienced veterans who sound as exuberant as ever. Their debut self-titled album is set for release on August 26 via Royal Mountain Records and it’s full of power pop with intricate melodies and electrifying rock’n’roll written with a deep appreciation for songcraft. It’s like a music geek’s version of fantasy baseball, a band that could feature Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, and the Attractions’ Pete Thomas, with Alex Chilton and The Jam’s Paul Weller throwing in song ideas.
The first time anyone knew that TUNS existed was their first gig at Massey Hall in October 2015, part of an all-star benefit show organized by Hayden. The band’s internal mutual appreciation dates back 20 years to when the Inbreds and Super Friendz—with whom Chris was playing drums during a Sloan hiatus— toured together, a friendship only now coming to musical fruition.
Oh, and the name? Toronto Usurps Nova Scotia? No. It’s a reference to the Technical University of Nova Scotia (1907-97, now part of Dalhousie University), where the young Murphys used to go for science fairs or to play basketball. The reason? Let’s just say the best ideas in TUNS songs are definitely in the music, not in the name itself. Sounds like ‘tunes’, the name wasn’t taken, and the spelling is unique on Google.
Today TUNS returns to the East Coast when they perform at Sappy Fest in Sackville, NB.