TUFF LOVE share new track ‘Carbon’ ahead of EP release on Nov 6th via Lost Map Records! Full UK tour this November!

October 28, 2015

 Martin Barker

Martin Barker



In anticipation of their forthcoming EP, which is due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records, Scotland’s Tuff Love have shared another slice of their dreamy guitar pop with new track ‘Carbon’. The band are set to tour the UK in full  this November.

Showcasing the diversity this emerging Scottish duo has to offer, ‘Carbon’ displays a more delicate sound than previous single ‘Duke’. It’s packed full of soulful harmonies & poignant guitar melodies, making for a beautifully blissful track.

One half of Tuff Love, Julie (guitars, vocals) went on to shed some light on the new track as she saidThis song was originally called ‘Fuck Trolley’. I think it fit much better, and have not yet managed to adjust to the new name. Maybe ‘Fuck Trolley’ sounds abrasive or bad or hard, but to me it sounds very gentle and silvery. I think the song is about different kinds of family and the things that can tie us together.”

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’, 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 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]

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

‘Duke’ on soundcloud
‘Duke’ video

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