Tunng + Special Guests
Saturday 18th September 2021
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £19.50 + booking fee / £23.50 on the door
Melting Vinyl presents…
Tunng + Special Guests
Melting Vinyl have the pleasure of inviting the inspiring Tunng to the beautiful and apt setting of St Luke’s Church, Brighton following the release of their extraordinary multi-media project ‘Dead Club’ which explores themes of death and inspired by Max Porter’s novel ‘Grief is a Thing with Feathers’.
Often described as folktronica, English folk music band Tunng have been offering a sideways spin on the genre since their inception in 2003.
They are a long standing favourite of BBC Radio’s Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne and have had their music featured on US network shows The O.C. and Weeds. Their sixth album ‘Dead Club’ on Full Time Hobby records is a multi media collaboration which is garnering shining accolades for the group.
Death was a subject that had long fascinated Tunng’s Sam Genders; a preoccupation not born out of the macabre so much as a curiosity about the fundamental purpose of existence — but also a hesitancy he had noticed around others’ grief; a wish to be supportive in the right way, to say the right thing in the face of loss. having read widely on the subject he discovered Porters novel and passed it around the band.
For months the six band members — Genders, Lindsay, Jacobs, Ashley Bates, Phil Winter, Martin Smith — discussed the subject at length.”Because the subject of death is so powerful for people in different ways, we talked about the kinds of issues it might bring up, that we might need to be sensitive about.” When it then came to actually writing and recording, the process proved startlingly easy.
It is an extraordinary record. Contemplative, intimate, celebratory. It includes collaborations with Max Porter, who wrote two new pieces for the album plus a zine of lyrics and interview transcripts to accompany the record and a series of podcasts produced by Becky Jacobs and Sam Genders, with album artwork by Lilias Buchanan and animations by Sam Steer.
Praise for Dead Club
“The album is sailing close to folktronica that sometimes has the unfathomable depth of an ocean of sorrow, sometimes the lighteness of Sam Genders’ tender voice, calling us to consider death differently. This is Tunng’s great victory: to create an artwork that is not depressing but rather inspiring, an ode to life with or without our beloved ones.” Les Inrocukuptibles, France
‘the difficulty of the Death theme is musically handled in an almost easy way by the British band, with fragile string arrangements and crunchy folksongs…’ Musikexpress, Germany (5/6)
“…what Tunng have shown with Presents…Dead Club is that addressing grief and death doesn’t have to be devastating. It can be thought-provoking. It can also be simply pleasurable.” The Quietus