Review: TUNS – TUNS (Royal Mountain Records / Universal Music Canada)

TUNSIf you were to blindly submit to listening to the debut effort from Canadian power-pop trio TUNS, the jangly-guitar influence of Big Star, The Kinks, The Beatles and others would likely come to mind. Given the CanCon music pedigree of the members that make up the group – Sloan’s Chris Murphy, The Inbreds’ Mike O’Neill and Superfriendz Matt Murphy – and suddenly all those influences make glorious sense. Far from being a vanity project for anyone involved, TUNS is a band whose joy and camaraderie can be heard throughout the album’s nine tightly-written tracks. Recommended tracks: “Mind Your Manners,” “Back Among Friends,” “Mixed Messages,” and “Mind Over Matter.”