Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to shine our gaze onto Tune Tank, a rock trio from Stockholm, Sweden. Consisting of three brothers: Patrik, Fredrik, and Joakim, the band aligns themselves with “arena” rock and roll, alluding to a bombastic, intense sound. Their newest single, ‘Innocent Man,’ is out now, and their upcoming single, ‘Sometimes I Do,’ is due out later today. Let’s explore the two new tunes.
First, let’s talk about ‘Innocent Man.’ The track is indeed somewhat bombastic, starting off restrained and slowly building as the percussion becomes increasingly more thunderous. Soft harmonies back the lead vocals, and a light electric guitar riff accents the driving drum section with tact. Once the song erupts into its rather catchy chorus, the sonic intricacy of the track deepens with the superb inclusion of an acoustic guitar.
‘Innocent Man’ is a fantastic indie rock tune, in fact, perhaps one of the best I’ve heard this year. Its production quality is on point, too, and accentuates the band beautifully. I’m often met with painfully awkward production tactics here on the Spotlight - that’s not the case with Tune Tank. That’s refreshing in itself.
‘Sometimes I Do,’ which is due out today, is worth heading out and spinning. It’s a softer track than its predecessor, especially since the focal point of the sonic experience is an acoustic guitar. Reverb heavy soundscapes make for a particularly interesting listener experience, one that’s strengthened by sparse, but effective usage of synthesizers.
Tune Tank has one hell of a drummer. In fact, they’re all quite good. The vocalist is always where he needs to be, and the guitarist has composed some fantastic riffs and structures for these pieces. Most importantly, however, they’re ten times stronger together than they’d likely be apart.
I’d strongly argue this musical cohesion is partially, if not largely, due to the bandmates being family. When you grow up together, know each other as well as siblings do, and learn music around one another, there is a musical harmony that simply cannot be replicated. That’s why the Carter Family was so poignant, and that’s why the Everly Brothers fell perfectly into unison each and every time they sang.
The brotherly camaraderie seeps through Tune Tank’s music. I think that’s absolutely awesome. Check out their new music; they’re pushing out some fine tunes.