On May 29 Sub Pop will release the fantastic self-titled second album from King Tuff on CD, LP and all DSPs. The 12-track album features the lead single “Bad Thing,” (which you can download in the widget above) along with standout tracks “Keep On Movin’,” “Alone and Stoned,” and “Baby Just Break.”
King Tuff will hit the road for a short album preview tour in March. He will make multiple appearances at SXSW in Austin, TX, including March 15 at Scoot Inn for the Thrasher/Converse party and March 16 for the Sub Pop label showcase at Red 7. King Tuff will follow up with two California dates: March 23 in San Francisco at Thee Parkside and March 24 in Santa Ana at The Observatory.
Full tour dates and track list below.
About King Tuff:
A more charismatic, enigmatic nomad of a furioso frontman/artist/guitar legend could not be imagined. You can’t make this shit up.
Grinning gold teeth behind blonde shades, in black, skeletal denim, with a studded “KING TUFF” across the shoulders where feral locks fall around his infamous “Sun Medallion.” With an acoustic guitar slung over the shoulder, King Tuff slinks through the abandoned halls of Detroit’s Malcolm X Academy. His baseball hat reads “VERMONT.” It’s the 4th of July… read the full King Tuff bio…
2. Alone & Stoned
3. Keep On Movin’
4. Unusual World
5. Bad Thing
6. Loser’s Wall
8. Baby Just Break
9. Stupid Superstar
11. Swamp of Love
12. Hit & Run
The word on King Tuff:
“King Tuff drives home a full album of modern classics that evoke all the early pop prime movers, yet it still holds its own personality and creates an overwhelming feeling of excitement that’s virtually impossible to shake.” Was Dead review] – Victim of Time
“Thomas’ vocal delivery feels so young, brash, and snotty. He’s on the prowl for a good time, and his music brings the necessary mood. The verses have a really driving quality to them, and the chorus showcases the perfect amount of release. It’s a stellar piece of garage pop.” [“Wild Desire” track review] – The Needle Drop
“King Tuff is what you put on when it’s supposed to be winter time but you wake up to consistent sixty degree days because it’s the end of the world.” [“Hole In My Head” track review] – Vice
Mar. 15 — Austin, TX — Scoot Inn / SXSW Thrasher/Converse showcase
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX – The Grand Pool Hall (early)
Mar. 16 — Austin, TX — Red 7 / Sub Pop showcase (outdoor stage)
Mar. 23 — San Francisco, CA — Thee Parkside
Mar. 24 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory
It’s official! Our once exalted leaders JP and Megan have made the fatal error of simultaneously leaving their posts. As everyone knows, nature abhors a vacuum. So please join us now in kneeling before our new shaggy overlord, King Tuff!
No, we’re not getting back into the self-congratulatory, aggrandization of last year’s birthday revelry but referring to the band who’s name sounds like the time-tested affirmation of aging. We’re as happy as a bucket of clams to announce that we’ll be putting out Happy Birthday’s first record on Sub Pop Records.
We learned about Happy Birthday by way of our obsession with one of 2008’s best records, King Tuff’s Was Dead. After meeting Kyle (aka King Tuff) early this year, we spent the better part of 2009 trying to squeeze Happy Birthday and/or King Tuff songs out of him—an effort that’s finally paid off in a record of near-perfectly constructed comic-book-pop gems. (We’re not quite sure what that means either, but we’re rolling with it.)
But enough of my blather, here’s what the band has to say about themselves:
Happy Birthday is Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff), Chris Weisman, and Ruth Garbus. They formed in November 2008 to play one show at the punk-space “Tinderbox” (RIP), in their hometown Brattleboro, Vermont. Kyle needed a band to play his new pop songs because he was too scared to play by himself. They enjoyed playing with each other so much that they decided to keep doing it. They have now played a total of 5 shows.
Kyle sings and plays lead guitar. The songs are mostly his, but the band arranges and finishes them together. He is also a painter and drawer and loves top 40, shoes, texting, comic books, etc. Ruth Garbus plays drums and sings. She also makes her own music and art. Chris Weisman plays “inverted-tuning” guitar, bass, and sings. He makes 4-track songs, enjoys reading and writing, and is a guitar teacher.
We look forward to releasing Happy Birthday’s full length in early spring of next year.
King Tuff will soon be back in the mix with the release of Black Moon Spell, his highly anticipated third record on September 23rd
via us, Sub Pop Records. The album features the summery ‘Eyes of the Muse’, which is available for your ears in the embedded player. BMS was produced & mixed by Bobby
Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, CA, with the exception of ‘I Love
You Ugly’ and ‘Radiation’, which were produced by the man himself, King Tuff.
King Tuff has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour to support Black Moon Spell, which begins on September 25th in San Diego, CA at Irenic and ends November 8th in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Please find a current tour schedule below.
Black Moon Spell is now available for preorder via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the LP version of Black Moon Spell via megamart.subpop.com will
receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on
glow-in-the-dark/black splatter vinyl; those who preorder the CD or LP
will receive a limited-edition embroidered patch (while supplies last).
King Tuff has also created a brand new t-shirt design that will be
available at the Sub Pop Mega Mart as a stand-alone item or as part of a discounted bundle with preorders of Black Moon Spell.Pre-order Black Moon Spell
Read More on King Tuff (by King Tuff):
King Tuff’s new record is called Black Moon Spell.
It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014.
No one involved was
prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it.
Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called
God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.
There were many
strange occurrences during the recording session - Dracula landlords,
flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed
themselves, demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.
Under the Black Moon Spell
you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet dreams, bouts of
backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial dancing.
Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be. It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
Backwards messages may be found on this record.
Los Angeles, full
of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered its
sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.
Alot of people always ask King Tuff when he’s gonna put out a new record. The answer is September 23, 2014.
Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?
King Tuff would
prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because its
long and crazy and you wouldn’t believe him anyway. Also, I am King
Magic Jake, who
played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of
Old Gary, who plays
drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this moment
to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame
Old Gary was out
watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
drums on the song “Black Moon Spell.” Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin
voice in his spare time.
Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, “No human judgement is of any value here.” King Tuff agreed.
Sub Pop first
discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was
basically a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden
near the graveyard, and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with
silver fangs and baseball bats.
Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters, Hobos,
Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers,
Townies, Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this
Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about nothing.
Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69, and let yr inner grinagog rear it’s wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.
Listen to Black Moon Spell
and give yr ears what they’ve been begging for all year; a heavily
weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.
ps. the only part of this story that isn’t
true is the part about the shit hut. I actually was living at my parents
house when i was discovered. Love, KT
Black Moon Spell, the follow up to King Tuff’s excellent eponymous record, King Tuff, is just weeks from blasting from your record players or iThings, and today, we bring you the title track to the September 23rd release. If you pre-order BMS from us here at Sub Pop, you’ll get all sorts of things. Things like the things below.
All customers who pre-order the LP version of Black Moon Spell will
receive the limited, “Loser Edition” of the album on glow-in-the-dark
and black splatter colored vinyl. In addition, customers who pre-order
will also receive the following, while supplies last:
-An embroidered patch featuring art from the album cover.*
-An instant download of the first single, “Eyes of the Muse”.
-Advance access to stream Black Moon Spell in full, 1 month before street date, exclusively from your SubPop.com account.
*Embroidered patch is limited to LP and CD pre-orders, and only available while supplies last.
Also: Don’t forget that you can bundle the CD or LP with either of the 2 t-shirts available for Black Moon Spell or bundle the new record with the debut King Tuff record and save on buying them individually!
Our dear friends over at NPR Music have quite the favorable proposition for you all this week over at their webspace: click here, and listen to brand new records from GOAT and King Tuff, in their entirety, for free. These are brand new records from Sub Pop recording artists, need we say more. Well, I suppose that we should probably mention that we are also attempting to SELL these very good records for money via MegaMart.SubPop.com, or wherever fine records are sold. Pre-order:
Black Moon Spell