13 August, 7.30pm
mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Tickets: £13 (£10)
Tunng, the electro-folk band from East London, form the focus of mac’s August musical calendar headlining the outdoor Arena space and supported by local band, Health and Efficiency.
The eclectic folksters will be performing songs from their album, released earlier this year, ‘… And Then We Saw Land’. A more folktronic vibe than previous records, it offers listeners a wholesome folk sound, completed with a touch of drums and a bit of acoustic action – that is all rounded off with a synthy twist.
Content with their own unique way of performing the phrase ‘band line-up’ only applies to Tunng in the loosest sense with the feel of a small musical cooperative rather than a formal band set-up. The band originally formed in 2003 as a duo between Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay from Static Caravan, who began their musical careers together by composing scores for soft-core porn. Helped by a collection of friends, who’ve moved in and out of the Tunng world, they released their first album ‘Mother’s Daughter and Other Songs’ in January 2005 and subsequentaly supported Doves at the end of their 2005 tour.
Tunng’s most recent, perplexingly catchy, folksical offering comes courtesy of a new lyricist and new lead vocalist, presenting a renewed vigour in the energetic drum sections and acoustic solos, that creates a sound that is both new and old, well-mannered and weird – all at the same time.
Also catch Tunng at Leicester’s Summer Sundae on Saturday 14th August and Bestival on Saturday 10th September.
Words: Katherine Button