By Trevor Morelli
When a band’s bio describes them as “endless screams of disappointment,” you know the project is going to be worth checking out. Such is the case for Winnipeg noise-punk outfit Tunic.
“All of my lyrical themes revolve around failure, or heartbreak, a discontent for constantly being let down,” says frontman David Schellenberg.
At the same time, the band has been a great outlet and very therapeutic by letting loose his tumultuous emotions. “I used to see my psychologist once a week and then the band started practicing, and writing more, and I stopped seeing him all together.”
Rounded out by Rory Ellis on bass and Dan Unger on drums, Tunic also propels Schellenberg’s “I’m in a band” ambitions in the best of ways: “When I was a kid, I just wanted to tour the world and play music. I’ve been really fortunate enough to be able to do that.”
Of the approximately 100 shows Tunic has played over the last year, Schellenberg notes Paris, France as being particularly memorable. “For some reason playing Paris for the first time was just incredible. I think that’s the first time we ever truly got what I personally felt was a genuine encore. It was very funny, sort of a moment where I kind of just laughed to myself and was like, ‘I guess so. Sure, if you want us to play one more song, we’ll do it.’ But I was kind of embarrassed about it.”
He adds the audiences overseas are just extra enthusiastic and appreciative overall: “They’re just so grateful that you’re there, in Europe. It’s amazing. It’s like if I say ‘Thank you!’ to someone, they look at me and they’re like, ‘No, thank you! You came all the way here to do your art!’”
With their debut full-length album arriving in the New Year, Tunic’s big trip has only just begun.
“It’s incredible, it’s wild. We spent all this time sort of honing the sound. It’s like having a kid. I think we recorded it in December of last year. We’ve been sitting on it for quite some time, so I’m ecstatic to finally get on the road. We’ve played these songs for a little bit and I’m excited for people to have a reference that they can listen to and hear. I’m just really stoked.”
Tunic plays Dec. 14 at The Palomino (Calgary), and Dec. 15 at Amigos Cantina (Saskatoon).Amigo's Cantina, Scream Therapy, The Palomino, Tunic