TUFF LOVE share new single ‘Duke’ & announce new EP. ‘Dregs’ is due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records. UK tour this November!‏

September 16, 2015
Martin Barker

Martin Barker



Completing their triumphant trio of introductory EPs, one of Scotland’s most exciting new bands, Tuff Love, are excited to announce their new EP Dregs, which is due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records.

The follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, sold-out and for the foreseeable future digitally deleted EPs Junk(“the makings of a very special band” – DIY Mag) and Dross (“they’re a hell of a prospect” – The Skinny) as well as the Record Store Day  7” single ‘Groucho’ (“a windstorm of fuzzed-out, sun-bleached exuberance” – Line of Best Fit), Dregs is proceeded by the track ‘Duke’.

Laden with dazzling guitars & woozy hooks, the band shed some light on new track ‘Duke’ when they said This song is based around a guitar melody that had been going round in the Tuff Love brain for a couple of years. It needed to have a home, so one day we wrote this. It’s about roots and growth.”


The follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, sold-out and for the foreseeable future digitally deleted EPs Junk  and Dross as well as the Record Store Day  7” single ‘Groucho, Dregs is proceeded by the track ‘Duke’, which impacts on October 23Tuff Love will embark on a UK and European tour throughout November that includes a date at the Iceland Airwaves Festival – see dates above.

Tuff Love are Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals) plus live drummer Iain Stewart (also a member of The Phantom Band). They come from Glasgow and they write dazzling, sun-streaked guitar pop songs with mesmerising lyrics, heart-wrenching vocals and dreamy melodies like the sound of pure summer. They make all their music in Suse’s flat, self-engineering and self-producing everything. Dregs is the latest, most confident-sounding and most compelling product of their increasingly sophisticated homespun craft – lo-fi in ethic but not in sound. From the distorted jangle of ‘Duke’, through the snapping ‘Crocodile’ with its wonderfully wonky outro organ solo and on to the woozily waltzing ‘Carbon’Dregs is solid gold irresistible listening from first to last.

A packed spring and summer of 2015 saw Tuff Love personally invited to support first reformed shoegaze legends Ride on their first UK tour in 20 years and then later their most famous fan, Scottish soul-pop singer Paolo Nutini, at a special one-off outdoor show at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park (also featuring legendary disco queen Grace Jones). Elsewhere on their travels they’ve shared stages with the likes of Perfect PussyJoanna GruesomePAWS and Real Estate among many others.

Tuff Love have played festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, Latitude, Wickerman, Indietracks, Long Division and many more. In November 2014 ‘Slammer’ – the lead single from the Dross EP – won the Rebel Playlist on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC 6 Music by a landslide. That track and each of their new tracks released since, ‘That’s Right’ and ‘Groucho’, have subsequently been B-listed by BBC 6 Music.

See Tuff Love live: 

Nov 5 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík [TICKETS]

Nov 7 – Limbo, Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh [TICKETS]

Nov 8 – Swn Festival, Cardiff [TICKETS]
Nov 9 – The Harley, Sheffield [TICKETS]

Nov 10 – The Musician, Leicester [TICKETS]

Nov 11 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton [TICKETS]
Nov 12 – Dalston Victoria, London [TICKETS]
Nov 13 – Beacons Metro X DIY, Leeds [TICKETS]
Nov 14 – The Castle, Manchester [TICKETS]
Nov 15 – The Fulford Arms, York [TICKETS]
Nov 21 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow [TICKETS]

‘Dregs’ EP artwork:

‘Dregs’ EP tracklist:

  1. Duke
  2. Crocodile
  3. Threads
  4. Amphibian
  5. Carbon

Praise for Tuff Love so far:
“A band to fall in love with” – The Guardian

“The makings of a very special band” – DIY

“Fuzzed out, sun-bleached exuberance” – The Line of Best Fit

“Depth and substance… they’re a hell of a prospect” – The Skinny

“A little bit of magic” – Gold Flake Paint

“Devastatingly cool” – GQ

“Seductively raw indie pop that hooks you instantly” – The Sun

“Love the sound that they’re making”-  Nemone, BBC 6 Music

“Each song is a fuzzy indie-pop classic” – The Scotsman

“Great college rock” – NME

“They’re headed for the big time” – Metro

“Deranged, stuttering alt rock with a heart of gold” – Clash

“Perfect pop music” – Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland



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