King Tuff Reviews The Singles

Sub Popper on MNEK, Girl Band and more…
King Tuff by Dan Monick

King Tuff is our guest reviewer for this week’s new batch of singles releases. The Sub Pop-signed garage-rocker-gone-spooked-by-T-Rex, with previous in acts like Happy Birthday and Witch, has a new solo LP coming later in September, ‘Black Moon Spell’. Recording sessions were, apparently, marked by several odd phenomena: mysterious lights, haunted microphones, evilness manifesting itself in coffee cups. You know, the usual.

Anyway, the man behind the Tuff-ness, Kyle Thomas, has passed us his thoughts on a bunch of new tracks, which you can read below – right after you check out the title cut from his forthcoming long-play collection, due to arrive on September 22nd.

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Ghost Culture – ‘Arms’

“This video has some cool claymation in it, like maybe what Gumby’s nightmares might look like.  As for the song, all I can think about is some pasty creep in his basement making this stuff on a shitty laptop placed precariously atop a nest of dirty laundry.”

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The Wytches – ‘Burn Out The Bruise’

“A nice haunted house style chord progression on this one. I don’t know what the f*ck this ‘wytch’ is screaming about but it’s kinda freakin’ me out over here. I bet The Wytches are a great live band and they probably get laid a f*ck ton.” 

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Tove Lo – ‘Not On Drugs’

“The lyrics really kill this one for me, especially when she references ‘Empire State Of Mind’ – it really just makes me wanna jump off the Empire State Building. The chorus has a good hard-hitting effect, but why would you make a song about not being on drugs? Take some drugs, goddamnit.”

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MNEK – ‘Wrote A Song About You’

“The animation in the video reminds me of the intro to Saved By The Bell, in a good way, and I like his pencil eraser style hair. My only problem with this is that he says he wrote a song about you that had the “strangest” melody, and then he proceeds to sing the song he wrote and the melody isn’t strange at all. Also, all I ever think of when I hear any techno beat is A Night At The Roxbury, so I can never take it too seriously.”

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Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’

“I probably would have been into this when I was 17. This is not the kind of music you would ever listen to at home, but I could see it being fun in a sweaty room with a vast array of weird armpit smells and damp humans with ugly future haircuts, if you’re into that sort of thing.”

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Words: King Tuff
Photo: Dan Monick

King Tuff online. ‘Black Moon Spell’ is released through Sub Pop on September 22nd.

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