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2 AM in the Tunnel of Love

by Tunnel of Love

Cranky thrills. Sultry paranoia. Gothic burlesk and tall tales from San Francisco.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Sugarplum
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2. Midnight (at the Beach)
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3. Hall of Mirrors
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4. Torch (Part II)
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5. It wants in
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6. Stupefied
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7. Invisible Stan
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8. Bat-House
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9. Russia
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10. Nicely Done
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11. (...)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"2 AM in the Tunnel of Love" is the second batch of cranky thrills from Jeff Wagner, a.k.a. the Tunnel of Love. (The eponymous, first EP was sold at performances of the 2002 play "Circus Proboscis", for which Wagner wrote 3 songs.)

"2 AM..."'s 3-minute tales alternate between spooky atmospherics and primal, skeletal rants, all laced with vibrating organs and guitars. The result is the kind of raw personality found in '40s film noir, '50s B-movies, '60s girl-groups, and '80s goth.

Wagner was the singer-bassist for Sharking Teeth and Jumpknuckle, bands who drew comparisons to the Stooges and "a swarm of bees", respectively.


PRESS:
"San Francisco's Tunnel of Love is one man, Jeff Wagner, who specializes in campy, theatrical music -- a mixture of goth, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, and evil carnival music, coated with a heavy gloss of B-movie fetishism...If you think 2 AM sounds like a one-dimensional outing, you're wrong; there's a surprising amount of detail and variety in these songs. "Midnight (at the Beach)", for example, is littered with trashy, dissonant no-wave guitar lines -- it wouldn't be out of place on a Skin Graft release. "Torch (Pt. II)" is a bizarre take on '60s girl-groups such as the Shirelles..."
- Garrett Splain, SPLENDID (WWW.SPENDIDZINE.COM)

"Buzzy metallic rock/pop combination of nightmarish 60s beach music and carnival sounds...Weeeeird, but inexplicably cool. "
- Mandy Khoshnevisan, KZSU ZOOKEEPER ONLINE (HTTP://ZOOKEEPER.STANFORD.EDU)

"This is eccentric, mysterious, soundtrack music for sleazy musicals shot on a shoestring budget...full of penetrating truths about stuff beneath the radar."
- RKF, DEAD ANGEL (WWW.MONOTREAM.COM/DEAD)

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farheavens

Electric carnival mayhem
It's hard to put a muzzle around the snapping jaws of this slathering, frothy, beast of an album. From the crazed off-kilter carnival keyboards to the intense nightmare vocals, 2AM in the Tunnel of Love will carry you kicking and screaming through the back alleys of wiggling film noire funhouse where the cackling, leering faces always keep you on your toes. The songs melt into one another seamlessly and the overall mood and energy is never lost or diluted. With elements vaguely reminiscent of THE CRAMPS, 60s beach bands, and carrousel music one would think that the resulting sound might seem campy or unoriginal, but the album is so compellingly unique that it will leave you wondering why TUNNEL OF LOVE isn't a household name yet.
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