Kyle Thomas aka King Tuff is royalty in the kingdom of fuzz rock who graciously lavishes all of his adoring subjects with catchy hooks and whirling guitar solos. King Tuff’s 2008 LP Was Dead has been reissued and is well worth rediscovering. Was Dead captured the attention of Sub Pop and led to his popular self-titled release last May. Writing songs since the ripe age of 10 and dredging up music cred with a handful of bands; Thomas resurrected the moniker King Tuff to debut Was Dead on Colonel Records in 2008. Now, the record has taken on a life of its own and come back to remind us of where his royal highness began his garage pop journey.
Opening with “Dancing On You,” King Tuff unleashes a contagious lo-fi vintage pop with his unique whiny vocals that makes one think of Johnny Depp in John Waters’ musical Cry-Baby. The only exception is that King Tuff wouldn’t shed a tear like Depp’s character; he would instead release “Sun Medallion” with it’s summery psychedelic flow of guitar improvisations. As one journeys further through this record, you are introduced to a variety of personalities including “Ruthie Ruthie” and “Kind of Guy.” These personalities guide you through their personal narratives with a light-hearted flare; no heartache or sad endings here.
King Tuff promises you a careless, fun summer vibe to enable you to dance through the worst part-time job. Click the polaroid and check out King Tuff in Studio K with us!
Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer.