The two-piece Glaswegians Tuff Love whose 'Dross' beats their 'Junk'. Ben John caught up with duo to find out what is next for Glasgow's brightest prospects finds out more.
3rd: Hello Tuff Love, what's the latest happenings in Glasgow?
Tuff Love: The summer is here and the weather has been really bad, but that's OK because we've either been indoors recording or away elsewhere playing gigs...
3rd: You supported Ride, how was it? We were at the Barrowlands, Drive Blind live is phenomenal!
Tuff Love: It was awesome, Ride were immense live and super friendly too, which really put us at ease. Initially we were a bit worried about playing such big venues in front of big crowd but the whole thing was totally chill. There's so much preparation and sound check time that we felt pretty at ease! Also we got free hummus and carrots every night which was amazing.
3rd: First UK headliner tour in November, Glastonbury and Latitude (amongst others) this summer. How are you feeling right now? Do you see it all as a natural progression?
Tuff Love: When we first started we never really thought we do stuff like festivals and headline tours so it's cool we are doing that sort of stuff now. PLEASE COME SEE ON US ON TOUR. Latitude was on our 'to play' list so we were super chuffed when we got told we were playing that and Glastonbury. Yahooo! This whole year's been amazing really, we keep getting more and more surprised by getting to do cool stuff.
3rd: Could you tell us more about the DROSS EP?
Tuff Love: Is has a song about dog breeding on it. We recorded it pretty quick after the first one, that whole summer (last year) was a bit of a blur because we had so many new experiences (first festivals, some radio play for songs on junk E.P etc) I can't quite remember how it came together. We had some of the songs semi formed already I think. It's more dynamic than Junk, and maybe poppier too. Not intentionally, it just happened.
3rd: After Junk and DROSS, are you now working on your first LP?
Tuff Love: We're just finishing up mixes for another release right now. It's so nearly done. So nearly. That'll be released in Octoberish. You'll see...
3rd: On a different subject, Alanna Mcardle recently left Joanna Gruesome due to mental health issues but she also found it hard to be a woman in a band. Do you understand Alanna's point of view?
Tuff Love: Being in a touring band can be relentless and exhausting at times, and you've got to do what you've got to do to keep yourself as healthy and happy as you can, so of course we understand.
3rd: Third Outing is based in Edinburgh. What do you think Edinburgh needs to compete with Glasgow? Summerhall is doing great at the moment, Sneaky Pete's as well, but that's about it. La Belle Angele is back...
Tuff Love: Edinburgh definitely has a different vibe to Glasgow but we don't really know what that is. Diversity is nice though. I don't think it needs to compete with Glasgow, maybe Glasgow just has more venues? I don't know, we don't know it as well as Glasgow so haven't quite 100% figured it out yet! Summerhall is cool, really nice venue/atmosphere.