Is a winter ever hot? Well according to the press release this album was recorded in the long, hot winter of 2014. It was recorded in Los Angeles and that city has slathered its way all over this album, presumably its a sexy rock and roll record ripe for dancing naked to at some gruesome, demented party somewhere. A cursory listen reveals it to be utterly filthy. A primitive garage rock strut with guitars ZZ Top would reject for being too damn fuzzy.
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Like Ty Segall's goofy glam-rock-obsessed little brother, King Tuff is back this week to breathe a bit more unadulterated fun into the garage rock genre with 'Black Moon Spell', which has as much in common with the likes of Slade and Screaming Lord Sutch as fuzz-garage contemporaries such as Segall and Meatbodies.
Thankfully the King has the kind of tightly written pop songs and outrageously catchy hooks to ensure that this is far more than just a novelty act. The Only Ones-esque 'Head-Banger' is an early highlight but it's hard to pick a favourite here as the tunes come thick and fast, rattling through 14 over the course of the album with a nonstop momentum that brings to mind bands like Marked Men and Heavy Times. King Tuff's music follows a relatively simple formula of hard, danceable rock beats and a fast, catchy verse-chorus-verse formula full of sugary guitar hooks delivered in sandpaper tones. If you can handle a bit of radio-jingle-worthy cheesiness it's a tremendously fun take on the tried and tested garage pop sound.
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