Tuff Love, an “aggressively melodic” Glaswegian indie-grunge band, have been generating quite a bit of word-of-mouth hype with their new and debut album Resort. A soft-growing listen — better for the car than packed in with a hundred strangers at a basement club — the sound is reminiscent of the softer parts of The Pixies or Smashing Pumpkins, with its shoegaze-grunge groove.
Resort, and Tuff Love themselves, sits comfortably on playlists with other female-vocal-led punk and rock acts. There’s a touch of Sleater Kinney, Splendora, Electrelane and a large dose of Tegan and Sara about them, but there’s no shouting or screaming. No, Tuff Love and consistently mellow.
Guitarist and vocalist Julie Eisenstein (who is attributed on their website as the coiner of the quoted phrase above) and bassist and vocalist Suse Bear teamed up in 2012 and have been gaining press attention and positive reviews ever since. But it’s the friend-to-friend recommendations that are particularly exciting. The pair — who perform live with drummer Iain Stewart — aren’t likely to self-engineer and self-produce their music in Suse’s flat much longer, which gives their album an odd sense of urgency.
So buy this album. Follow them on social media. Have a cigarette with them after their gigs. But be quick, because if this debut is anything to go by Tuff Love will soon be out of our league. And wouldn’t it be nice, for once, to be able to say you knew about them before they were cool.
Buy Resort for £10.99 direct from their label at lostmap.com/products/tuff-love-resort
Words: Ana Hine
Image: Tuff Love
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