About/Shovel Bums

What is Tunnel to the Underground?

Tunnel to the Underground started as a series of music compilations that included various artists from all over the underground. These comps were assembled by net labels (Kitty on Fire Records, Tornflesh Records) and distributed freely on various archive.org catalogs. For a list of past and present compilation, visit our COMPILATIONS.


Tunnel to the Underground is a concept more than it is a format. It can and has taken form in multiple media outlets. This concept is: to shed light on underground artists of all mediums. Currently Tunnel to the Underground is operating as a news blog and a publication organizer (compilations). We are currently in the process of assembling a team to help write for the blog and organize future collaborations and publications.

THE SHOVEL BUMS (aka Contributors)

What is a Shovel Bum?

Wikipedia says that Shovel Bum is a term used by some archaeologists in the United States to refer to the professional excavators on cultural resource management projects. Or in laymen terms: THE DUDES/WOMEN THAT BUST THEIR ASS DIGGING FOR DINOSAUR BONES/CLAYPOTS WITH A SHOVEL!

We have stolen that term and are using it to describe those who dig the Tunnel to the Underground.

*** The views expressed in the posts of Tunnel to the Underground are solely those of the credited writer, and do not represent the opinions of the rest of the Shovel Bums or Tunnel to the Underground as a whole. ***

Justin Thomas Squires (justinthomassquires)

Hailing from Port Huron MI, Justin is the former owner of the net label Kitty on Fire Records (2008-2011). He started Dark Forest Media in 2011 as a means to publish his own work. Currently, he makes music under the monikers “Master Toad” and “The Wretched Corpse Anatomy“. He also pursues his interests in film writing and directing. Justin is a blog enthusiast, and started this blog as a hobby, hoping others would jump aboard and help him create a good source for underground news.


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