Tunic is back with the title-track off their forthcoming release Quitter. The Winnipeg band’s LP was engineered and mixed by Jace Lasek (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg and mastered by Carl Saff (Bambara, Human Impact), the album drops on October 15th via Artoffact Records.
Tunic’s sound is deeply influenced by 80’s American noise rock scene, with smatterings of Minor Threat and a couple of Steve Albini projects for good measure
On the song “Quitter,” the subject matter is the departure of Tunic bassist and co-founder Rory Ellis, who left the fold after the recording of the new album, and Schellenberg’s subsequent questioning of his own existence. “Your exodus was not mutual,” he sings. “This inflated pastime, it strangles me.”
“The whole record is about quitting,” Schellenberg explains. Songs on the album examine the concept of “quitting” in various manifestations — from Ellis’ exit, to Schellenberg’s newfound sobriety and total overhaul of his life. “I quit smoking, drinking, and a job I had grown to hate,” he says. “I quit being stubborn about my mental illness and finally started taking medication for it.” From the ashes comes greatness; Quitter is the story of tearing things down so as to rebuild.
Prior to 2020, Tunic played a minimum of 100 shows per year, touring through North America with Metz, New Primals and Winnipeg brethren KEN mode. With the world reopening, the band revitalized, and a monster of a new album in hand, Tunic is primed to return to its intense touring schedule. “This music is meant to be played live and experienced live. I love to tour and there is nothing else I’d rather do,” says Schellenberg. To start, Tunic plays a slot on No Coast 2021 in Denton, TX on October 2nd, alongside Helmet, Kowloon Walled City, Yautja, and more.
3) Reward of Nothing
5) Pattern Fixation
6) Fake Interest
7) You’re a Bug
9) Common Denominator