TUNG is an aggressive hard rock band that is heavily influenced by blues, metal, sensual angst, hatred overtones.
The band (as it is today) formed in the month of the dead, October of "1998".
The singer, Leah Barrows has been singing for ten plus years. Her sauntering sweet melodies to spine ripping yelling to smoothed out Tibetan chanting. Leah's stage presence is amazing . Leah seriously rocks out with full energy and grace. While connecting with the crowd from the first note. The girl is a natural!
The guitarist, David Lyne has been playing all his life. David's style is what one would consider Rock and Roll Metal Blues. David's quiet stance and controlled powerful melodies add a level of sophistication to the overall
sound of TUNG's songs and live show.
The Bass player, Kevin. He also is the bass player
for Nocturnal Sun with other TUNG members.
The Drummer, Chris. Beer drinking, AC/DC loving
2nd Guitarist, PJ. Born August 19, 1978. Played guitar since I was 13. Have gigged regularly in the Boston area
as a hired gun for the past 5 years. He is fluent in many styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Blues and funk.
Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jeff Beck among others. Teaches lessons in the East Bay area.
The Manager, Pimp (PeteRock) joined the band in 2001 to help take care of the things on the business side to help free up the band to handle what they love, MUSIC. While helping spread TUNG's live show by booking them from
Maine to Miami.
TUNG CD Review
Tung - "Wet Lie" (Fountainhead Records), 13-song CD
http://www.YourSound.com CD Review by Steev Riccardo
Its hard to believe that this record came out over a year ago with little or no fanfare. At first listen you can tell that musically the band has it together but it's not until the vocals come in and you pay attention to the lyrics that the real story starts to unfold. Leah Barrows writes and sings like an angry young woman. She almost sounds like a metal version of Polly Jean Harvey. She is not a classically trained vocalist by no means. In fact at times you wonder how she can continue singing the way she seems to strain her voice, but as you listen on it all starts to make sense.
Barrows powerful voice becomes more appreciated when put in context with the solid band that Tung is. Led by the heavy guitar riffs of David Lyme and a formidable ryhtym section in Bassist James Harris and Drummer Steve Quimby, "Wet Lie" takes you on quite the metal journey.
On "Saviorself", the band hits its peak as Barrows sings, "I come from darkness bearing the light, I cast no shadows in the dead of night, I cast no shadows in the light, to recognize Heaven one must see Hell". It even gets better on "First Life" which has a guitar riff that just won't quit, as Barrows sings like she's not only been to hell and back but left a few bodies squirming along the way.
On "Babylon" Barrows lyrics take a seductive turn while still walking on the darkside. "I'm here to be a whore, I'm here to turn you on, I'm gonna do a strip show...", but just when you are ready to relax and enjoy a few more seductive strokes she sings "if I hit you in the head it would turn me on...". Not sure if you wanna bring this one home to meet your Mother?
This is some of the darkest music to come from the Providence/Southern Mass scene in some time. Yet as dark and heavy as Tung gets, you can also hear a very accessible band with a bright future. As far as hard rock goes, this is pretty close to as good as it gets these days.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Wet Lie
2. The Scar
3. Dream of the Fly
5. First Life (Radio Mix)
6. Angel's Last Days
9. Moonlight River
10. I'll Be Gone in the Morning
12. Bitch Reality
13. First Life (Pace Yourself Mix)