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The two-piece Glaswegians Tuff Love whose 'Dross' beats their 'Junk'. Ben John finds out more.
Tuff Love are a two-piece from Glasgow that play almost an almost beachy brand of rock music. They released a new EP Dross in February this year which builds on their previous EP release Junk from 2014. The sound of the band could be described as a lazy, melodic female vocals presiding over simple, straight forward fuzzed guitar. The guitar in particular (especially on Slammer, a track of their latest EP) has an air of Eels to it – steady and poppy melodies, but with an undercurrent of rage burgeoning underneath which comes to the fore in sporadic explosions of distortion. The vocal harmonies provide extra texture to the tracks and the key to the uniqueness of their sound.
Unfortunately, Tuff Love’s Soundcloud page only provides us with 30 second snippets of much of their first EP, but you can get the full versions of these songs on both YouTube and their official website. These songs confirm a trend across the rest of their music for extremely catchy tunes portraying that these guys have an ability to consistently create memorable hooks on which to hang their chilled and atmospheric sound.
“It's more dynamic than Junk, and maybe poppier too. Not intentionally, it just happened”.
Dross takes these hooks and adds clearer production and structure which they already had with Junk which improves it starkly. This improvement has been reflected in their increasingly busy and lucrative schedule. The upcoming summer sees them playing at the Latitude having already banked an appearance at Glastonbury (amongst others), and they also begin their first UK headliner tour in November this year.