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Listen to New Tunng Single “Death is the New Sex,”

 Tunng shares “Death is the New Sex” – the second single from their forthcoming new album Tunng Presents…DEAD CLUB – due out November 6th via Full Time Hobby. The song was inspired in part by palliative care specialist, physician, and author Kathryn Mannix’s book With The End in Mind. Kathryn is one of eight luminaries the band interviewed for the companion The DEAD CLUB Podcast that launched on September 1st. When asked about “Death is the New Sex,” Tunng’s Sam Genders shared…

It’s a song about how, by challenging taboos, we might arrive at a place closer to the truth and find ourselves better able to support each other as a result.

Whilst researching this project I’ve been struck by just how much of a taboo the subject of death is in our culture. Partly because of the ways in which people have responded when I explained what we were working on. One person was seriously worried I might be suicidal, and others clearly felt it was an odd thing to explore. Partly because of my own reactions. I often found myself nervous when talking about death or grief, or reaching for a socially acceptable way of phrasing an idea and struggling to find one. And yet, once the awkwardness has passed, I’ve also found that people are often eager to talk about how death and grief have affected their lives. Sometimes as if they’d be waiting far too long for the opportunity to unburden themselves.

Interestingly I feel that in many modern settings people are more comfortable taking about sex than death. We’ve journeyed so far in the last 60 years when it comes to talking about sex and I think you can make a very good case for that being a good thing. I expect the average person knows more about avoiding STIs or unwanted pregnancy, and is more likely to be comfortable with the idea of sexual pleasure or their own sexuality than ever before. I’m sure a lot of good has come from that. Now it seems like people are beginning to talk about death more. Imagine if we were so comfortable talking about death that everyone in our culture had the skills to support people who are grieving or to plan for the end of life for themselves or a loved one. It seems like there’s so much to gain. Palliative care is one obvious example of how more knowledge and awareness might help people live better lives.

The song was inspired in part by my conversation with palliative care physician and writer Kathryn Mannix and her wonderful book ‘With The End In Mind.’ Lyrically the song has clearly been through the Tunng filter. I wrote the words with a fantastical, almost comic book quality in places but it’s not flippant. I think these are genuinely important ideas.

Along with the “Death is the New Sex”, Tunng has released the fourth episode of The DEAD CLUB Podcast featuring the award-winning and highly regarded poet, essayist, Schomburg Director, professor, and The New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young. When his father died, Young went in search of a collection of poems about grief, hoping that perhaps they might help him process his own feelings. He found nothing out there and so created his own anthology: The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Tunng’s Becky Jacobs spoke to Young for the podcast about his book, his father’s death, and about the ever-changing experience of grief.

You can listen to the podcast here

Tunng Presents…DEAD CLUB the studio album is out November 6th via Full Time Hobby and is available for pre-order now HERE. It was announced August 25th with the release of “A Million Colours” song and music video. Watch the official music video for “A Million Colours” HERE.

Tunng is Mike Lindsay, Sam Genders, Becky Jacobs, Ashley Bates, Martin Smith, Phil Winter and for more information on the project and band visit their official website: HERE.

About Teri (2812 Articles)
You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day. If I'm not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc of vinyl.

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