TUFF LOVE share new video ‘Duke’. EP due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records

October 15, 2015
 Martin Barker

Martin Barker




After recently announcing news of their new EP ‘Dregs’ due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records, Scotland’s Tuff Love unveil their new video for lead single ‘Duke’.

Directed by Ben Cowie & Alan Cameron of Wake Up Advice, the new video hosts an array of colourful backdrops that matches the dazzling guitars & woozy hooks of Tuff Love perfectly.

The band shed some light on the making of the new video as they said “We spent 8 hours lying on the ground putting our faces through little holes to make the video for Duke. If you like stripes and patterns then you might like this. If it looks like we are in pain then it’s because we are – it was like doing one big long crunch for 8 hours. We did have some support from pillows for head support but they didn’t work 100%.. anyways we now have abs and we did not before.”

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.

Tuff Love European tour dates:

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]

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