Completing their triumphant trio of introductory EPs, one of Scotland’s most exciting new bands Tuff Love will release the Dregs EP on 10” vinyl on November 6, 2015 via Lost Map Records. 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 23. Tuff Love will embark on a UK and European tour throughout November that includes a date at the Iceland Airwaves Festival.
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 Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, PAWS 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.
14th November 2015 – The Castle, Manchester