Today, King Tuff has shared ”Thru The Cracks,” the latest single from his forthcoming (and highly anticipated) new album, The Other. “Thru the Cracks” is a powerful reflection on losing a friend to suicide and finding their spirit throughout the beautiful moments of life. The song features guest vocals by Jenny Lewis, backing vocals by Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore), and drums by Charles Moothart (Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Fuzz). A more soulful offering than the groove-based singles that have come before it, “Thru the Cracks” is another shining example of the multi-faceted artistic direction that Kyle Thomas has taken as King Tuff.
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Of the song, Thomas says: “About two years ago I lost a good friend to suicide. He loved the Beatles, Nirvana, Burroughs, bumming smokes, stealing his parents records and selling em to me… he was a complex character, a sweetheart with poor social skills, a musical genius with no outlet. He was pretty damn misunderstood in this world and struggled for a long, long time.
I had this song laying around for 7 years or so, but sadly it wasn’t until he was gone that it came into focus and I realized what it was all about. It’s one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and one of the truest. And it all comes back again to this thing, the Other. Maybe death is just a passageway to something else. Maybe in death we finally, once and for all, join the Other. I dunno, but I think Jeremiah is probably hanging out on the metaphysical stoop right now with none other than the Other itself.
Wherever you are bud, I’m singing to you”
The Other is available for pre-order now and is due out April 13th.
Thomas self-produced The Other and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).
Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”
King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets on now. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.
King Tuff Tour Dates + Ticket Links
5/3 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
5/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
5/5 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
5/7 - Houston, TX @ Rockefeller Hall *
5/8 - Austin, TX 2 Barracuda (outside) *
5/9 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
5/11 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
5/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
5/13 - Nashville TN @ The Basement East *
5/14 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
5/16 - Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
5/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
5/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
5/20 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
5/22 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
5/23 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
5/24 - Detroit, MI @ El Club *
5/25 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
5/26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club *
5/29 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall *
5/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
6/1 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
6/2 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club *
6/3 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
6/5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
6/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
6/9 - Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Festival
8/16-19 - Brecon Beacons, UK @ Greenman Festival
* w/ Cut Worms