Tungz Flex Familiarities On New Single ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends Again’
“Strangely irresistible” – Clash
“An outstanding live act” – London In Stereo
“A smooth cocktail…somewhere between The Magic Numbers and David Byrne” – Dummy
Following on from 2019’s EP ‘Okay’ – which received heavy rotation from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Jamz Supernova – Tungz return to their fresh and groove-filled ways with ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends Again’.
The track is an open dialogue about wanting to snap back to being happy with someone you’ve only ever really been cool with before. It throbs with the metallic clang of industry before capsizing under its own weight, giving rise to jazzy palm mutes and climbing twists of modular synth. “This is BS and we said this was golden paradise.” barks Jamie in the opening line, expressing the weird frustration that stems from getting into a dispute with a friend.
“The song is about two people who’ve never really started an argument trying to end one. This track feels like a statement to us. But it’s also a question. That’s why we left off the question mark. We went heavy on the production – it’s gonna be a nightmare to work out how to play it live.”
The day Tungz dropped the ‘Okay’ EP was the day principal songwriters Nicky Green and Jamie Maier had to move from their Bristol home. With no tangible plans, the pair found themselves sofa surfing around London. Migratory and provisional, writing and recording was implemented in whatever temporary space they found themselves. Months of limbo passed until the day came to move into a place of their own; coincidentally and symbolically, the same day the band signed to label home Heist or Hit.