“When You’re Ready” by Tuns

"When You're Ready" by Tuns is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day'

TUNS, is comprised of Chris Murphy (Sloan), Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights), and Mike O’Neill (Inbreds), released their debut album last year via Royal Mountain. Recently, the band returns with their single, “When You’re Ready”.

“When The Beatles were starting the recording sessions for what was to become Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band their label needed a single, so they used ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, which meant they would not be on the album,” says Chris Murphy. “Producer, George Martin, considered it to be one of the biggest mistakes of his life. TUNS recorded ‘When You’re Ready’ during the same recording sessions as our 2016 self titled LP but left it off the album and we would like to think that George Martin rolled over in his grave.”

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 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.


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