Dross is the second release from Glasgow based Tuff Love. Creators of infectious, fuzzed-up lo-fi pop the city is best known for, Dross follows the duo's debut release Junk EP and it's equally triumphant at evoking the adrenaline of the band's live shows. Shimmering and blistering in equal turns, Dross is a must-listen for all fans of Scotland's vibrant musical backstory.
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Calling your EP 'Dross’ is a sure sign of having confidence in your own work and Tuff Love have plenty to be confident about, especially on the opening track ‘Slammer’, which is an almost perfect slab of Breeders-inspired wonky guitar pop. It's as cool as a cucumber and one of those tunes it's impossible to imagine not being all over the 6 Music airwaves. The band have sweet duel vocals which fly like a Deal sisters flag across the Lush-like melodies. Check it.
Elsewhere ‘That’s Right’ adds a smidge of distortion to the vocals but they open up into a harmonious chorus with a melody that kind of recalls The Auteurs ‘Lenny Valentino’. ‘Doberman’ over on the flip is one of the other main highlights - slowing the pace with some Cure inspired bass-lines, twinkly, spindly guitar and some big chunky alt-rock guitar chords. This is very, very good stuff and will appeal to folks with one arm still snared in the ‘90s guitar pop of the likes of Belly, Lush and Magnapop.
The more the record spins round, the more I realise these kids have some killer melodies under their belts. And it’s on Lost Map, the label run by Fence records honcho Johnny Lynch, so you know it’s going to be quality stuff.
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