If this band’s live show has as much energy as their first full-length effort, Bridge and Tunnel will likely sell enough copies to keep their bellies plenty full of microwavable gas station burritos during their current cross-country tour.
The New York-based co-ed punk ensemble comes roaring out of the gates on their first track, “Wartime Souvenirs,” which features guitarist Jeff Cunningham singing lead. But it’s not until the foursome’s two ladies come in on backing vocals (read: howls) that the record hits its stride. Vocally, neither bassist Tia Meilinger nor guitarist Rachel Rubino sacrifices precision in the name of grit—which they both possess in spades. The backing harmonies, grandiose guitar work and strong sense of melody add up to the group sounding a lot like what Band of Horses might be if someone took sandpaper to their gloss and left the bleeding pink interior exposed.
Lyrically, Bridge and Tunnel call out what they see as b.s. in our current society: “It shouldn’t take an election/to remind us that there’s a war on.” Not terribly subversive, but insubordinate enough to make their genre proud. (Caroline Keys)
Bridge and Tunnel play Ceretana Gallery, 801 Sherwood Ave., Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 PM as part of First Friday. Free.