Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy and Mike O'Neill Team Up as TUNS, Premiere First Single
Published Sep 10, 2015Canadian indie rock fans, behold your latest supergroup: TUNS. The band, featuring Sloan bassist/vocalist Chris Murphy, Super Friendz/Flashing Lights mastermind Matt Murphy and Inbreds frontman Mike O'Neill have just formally introduced themselves with a debut single, "Throw It All Away."
Very little has been revealed behind the project so far, but TUNS have rolled out a homepage, as well as social media accounts through Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud. It's through the latter that the band have premiered "Throw It All Away," a song that mixes a Maritimes pop approach of honey-gummy vocal harmonies and jangled chords with a rather busy backbeat.
Though the official lineup details have not been explained, we're going to take a stab at it and say Matt Murphy is on guitar, Chris Murphy is slamming the kit, and O'Neill is handling the low-end with his bass skills. All three could be singing on the track.
This is, of course, not the first time the TUNS members' paths have crossed. Chris Murphy briefly set up shop behind the drums in Matt Murphy's Superfriendz in the '90s, while the pair had also teamed up with Jale's Jennifer Pierce as the Certain Someones. An ages-old recording of the latter was delivered as part of a Murderecords anniversary book in 2013.
O'Neill's Inbreds are also attached to the history of Murderecords, with the act having delivered singles and album releases through the label in the '90s.
Though it's as yet to be confirmed, Canadian music journalist Michael Barclay tweeted today (September 10) that TUNS will make their live debut at Toronto's second annual Dream Serenade on October 17. So far, only Hayden and Joel Plaskett have been confirmed for the Massey Hall performance, but more artist appearances are expected to be revealed shortly.