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Video Premiere: "Shudder" by The Tunnel

27 March 2023

Photo Credit: Jeff Wagner

San Francisco trio The Tunnel will release its new album, Shudder, on May 12th via Learning Curve Records. The sound lies between the harsh, thumping noise-rock of Big Black and the swagger of post-punk antiheroes like Nick Cave. Highly cinematic, the music is inspired by directors like David Lynch and David Cronenberg, as much as by the band members’ record collections. Shudder is The Tunnel’s seventh full-length album since 2009.

With stabs of growling bass, a discordant peal of guitar, and the robotic thump of a floor tom, Shudder’s title track launches into being, setting the stage for frontman Jeff Wagner’s unmistakable voice – a sinister croon, caked in distortion and sleaze. Wagner’s dark and theatrical twang is offset by the band’s mechanized throb. These two energies – the sultry noir and the cold machinery – grind against each other and create the sparks that are The Tunnel.

Pre-order the new album here