Single Review: Shine On – The Tunics
(Manta Ray Music)
By Guy Sangster Adams
It is no surprise that this urgent surge to the stage slab of euphoric indie rock both hot wires The Tunics live sets and was a primary motivation to their signing by Manta Ray. The troubled urban poet Joe Costello of last single Cost of Living is cast aside in a welter of unreconstructed rock swagger and braggadocio as he declares himself both Messiah and freedom fighter, and with an uprush and magnetic pull Shine On declares the stage and the moment to belong well and truly to The Tunics.
Costello’s voice, lyricism, wit and fervour are increasingly reminiscent of Tim Wheeler and Feargal Sharkey, just as Shine On bears witness to Girl From Mars and Teenage Kicks – both equally killer live tracks – and The Tunics’ revitalisation of golden eras of heart filling, breath grabbing singles as they join a lineage of bands including Ash, The Undertones, and The Jam. Heed the call, rip out the seats, pull down the fences, but get yourself a slice of this band and give yourself up once more to the 3 minute dream that a song might change the world.