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Weekly Release Spotlight: King Tuff

Posted on 6/24/2013


King Tuff
Was Dead



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.

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King Tuff @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted on 7/26/2012


King Tuff with Jaill @ Triple Rock Social Club
July 17th, 2012 

In the familiar venue of the Triple Rock, a moderate crowd mingles for an early show. Milwaukee natives, Jaill, brought the energy up with tracks from their latest release "Traps".  A notable few die-hard Jaill fans were right next to me providing most of the crowds' headbanging on 'Waste A Lot Of Things' and 'Everyone's a Bitch'.  The later song dedicated to all the women in the crowd, and with a slight chuckle the tunes kept sweeping by.

In between sets the audience shuffles around quite a bit gaining much strength for the much anticipated upcoming performance.  A crew of guys get on stage and take position in front of a large tapestry with "King Tuff" painted on in their artsy font, as seen on their self titled album cover.  These guys have the appearance of Wavves with their "give no you-know-whats" attitude but with a lurking shadiness. Not long into their first song something of a meek mosh pit has started amongst a handful of guys, however as tracks like "Anthem", "Keep On Moving", and "Bad Thing" play a larger portion of the floor becomes washed with a jumping mass of energy.  These ram-shackled garage rockers swept the audience with their rad jams and it was an energy that could not be matched for a Tuesday evening show that clocked in by 10pm.

Written by Jenny Ackerson, Radio K volunteer

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Weekly Release Spotlight: King Tuff

Posted on 6/18/2012


King Tuff
King Tuff

[Sub Pop

After receiving nothing but good reviews from punk blogs around the globe for his 2008 debut, Was Dead, King Tuff is back bigger and badder with his self-titled second release on Sub Pop. It comes chock full of suitably titled rock and roll, sass-pop, garage-psych gems.

The album takes off with the aptly named opening track, “Anthem.” The howling guitar is, simply put, pure rock and roll.  You can’t help but raise your fist, tap your foot, and yell along with King (Kyle Thomas) as he sings of love songs that “rot in your head.” The album takes a swift turn into a little dancey-pop tune “Alone & Stoned,” full of sing-along choruses and a punchy snare beat that makes you want to “take a walk on the moon” along with King Tuff and all of his headphone wearing friends.  And before that dance bug has a chance to wiggle itself out of you, “Keep On Movin’ ” comes by to save the day with a hip-shaking ‘50s bass line and King Tuff’s sassy attitude. The album finally takes softer, more sincere turn with “Unusual World.” The synths mixed with the 50s-esque drum beat that seems to inhabit this entire record, transports you to an interstellar (unusual) world where saddle shoes, moon dust, and movie monsters co-exist. Before your mind is left to wander too far, the album’s single, “Bad Thing” bursts into catchy guitar riffs and a chorus that would even make loveliest cookie-making grandmother scream “I’m a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad thing!” from her knitting chair. The bluesy, grimy tale of a crew of  creepers preying on a woman in “Loser’s Wall” is by far the darkest track on the album and, frankly leaves you feeling a bit used and abused (in a good way). After a few more rockers and foot stompers telling you to “break the rules” and an ode to our favorite celebrities claiming, “they’re foolish and beautiful / they’re the stupid superstars,” King Tuff croons about the “Swamp of Love” in true rock ballad fashion. The album closes with another dangerous dance inducing beat sing-along, “Hit & Run.”


King Tuff will make you dance until your booty hurts, and will make your neighbors hate you (or love you) for never taking it off of your record player.

Written by Chase Mathey, Radio K volunteer

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