Anybody that follows this blog regularly will know I really rate Tuff Love, the Glasgow based duo signed to Lost Map Records. In fact, they’ve featured in my last two end of the year round-ups of the best new music – this despite the fact that Sonya Madan of Echobelly slagged them off on BBC 6 Music’s Roundtable (nah, I can’t remember any Echobelly songs either), Luke Haines isn’t sure if they’re worth the bother (I’m not sure if he is worth the bother) and some wannabe wit on the Guardian online left a comment about them looking like One Direction in drag (no they fucking don’t).
And I should point out here that the band are happy to highlight the actual quotes on their official site and, more positively, that bloggers never seem to have a bad word to say about them. Unthought of, though, somehow for instance penned a short piece in praise of them on Sunday.
Consisting of Julie Eisenstein (guitar & vocals) and Suse Bear (bass & vocals), Tuff Love formed in 2013 and after uploading some tracks onto Soundcloud attracted the attentions of Johnny Lynch (The Pictish Trail) of the aforementioned Lost Map, or Lust Mop as Tuff Love like to call the Isle of Eigg’s finest independent label.
They’ve performed at Glastonbury, T in the Park and supported Ride at the Barrowlands, and released three E.Ps which have now been collected together on one album, Resort, which is just out, a fat free collection of indie pop thrills filled to the brim with scuzzed up guitars, spiny basslines, cooing vocals and some soul-baring lyrics.
In this month’s edition of Uncut, John Lewis describes their music as ‘breathless bubblegum grunge’ and calls track seven, That’s Right, ‘2’25 of pop perfection.’
Think Elastica collaborating with Throwing Muses on that one.
If you don’t have the EPs, then Resort is highly recommended. Hopefully an album of new material will follow on in the not too distant future and I’m looking forward to it, well, there’s no such thing as too much breathless bubblegum grunge, is there?
Tuff Love take to the stage of Stereo in Glasgow this upcoming Friday.
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This is the rather Lushious Crocodile:
Last year Edinburgh based musician Leo Bargery, who styles himself as Mt. Doubt, self released his debut album My Past Is A Quiet Beast, and it has only recently come to my attention via the always worth a visit Jocknroll Ain’t Noise Pollution.
Leo describes his sound as atmospheric alt-rock/dark-pop. His songs are sometimes spartan, sometimes noisy but always sonically intriguing.
Mt. Doubt has been named by Radio Scotland DJ Vic Galloway as one of the ’25 Scottish Artist to Watch in 2016′ while The National wrote: ‘Immediate comparisons will be drawn with The National’ – in explanation, the National saying this is the Scottish newspaper and those comparisons that will be drawn are to American band The National. But you might well have realised that. Especially if you live in Scotland.
The plan is to release a single and another album sometime this year and Leo has just announced that he’ll be performing at ButeFest in July along with The Rezillos and others. Before then Mt. Doubt will be supporting his pals Bronston this Friday at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, although if you’re thinking of heading along then don’t. Unless you have a ticket that is, as the gig has just sold out.
Featuring Annie Booth this is Soak:
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