“Carbon” by Tuff Love

"Carbon" by Tuff Love

In anticipation of their forthcoming EP, which is due Nov 6th via Lost Map Records, Scotland’s Tuff Love have shared another slice of their dreamy guitar pop with new track ‘Carbon’. The band are set to tour the UK in full this November.

Showcasing the diversity this emerging Scottish duo has to offer, ‘Carbon’ displays a more delicate sound than previous single ‘Duke’. It’s packed full of soulful harmonies & poignant guitar melodies, making for a beautifully blissful track.

One half of Tuff Love, Julie (guitars, vocals) went on to shed some light on the new track as she said “This song was originally called ‘Fuck Trolley’. I think it fit much better, and have not yet managed to adjust to the new name. Maybe ‘Fuck Trolley’ sounds abrasive or bad or hard, but to me it sounds very gentle and silvery. I think the song is about different kinds of family and the things that can tie us together.”

Tuff Love are Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals) plus live drummer Iain Stewart (also a member of The Phantom Band). They come from Glasgow and they write dazzling, sun-streaked guitar pop songs with mesmerising lyrics, heart-wrenching vocals and dreamy melodies like the sound of pure summer. They make all their music in Suse’s flat, self-engineering and self-producing everything. Dregs is the latest, most confident-sounding and most compelling product of their increasingly sophisticated homespun craft – lo-fi in ethic but not in sound. From the distorted jangle of ‘Duke’, through the snapping ‘Crocodile’ with its wonderfully wonky outro organ solo and on to the woozily waltzing ‘Carbon’, Dregs is solid gold irresistible listening from first to last.

A packed spring and summer of 2015 saw Tuff Love personally invited to support first reformed shoegaze legends Ride on their first UK tour in 20 years and then later their most famous fan, Scottish soul-pop singer Paolo Nutini, at a special one-off outdoor show at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park (also featuring legendary disco queen Grace Jones). Elsewhere on their travels they’ve shared stages with the likes of Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, PAWS and Real Estate among many others.

See Tuff Love live:

Nov 5 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík
Nov 8 – Swn Festival, Cardiff
Nov 9 – The Harley, Sheffield
Nov 10 – The Musician, Leicester
Nov 11 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Nov 12 – Dalston Victoria, London
Nov 13 – Beacons Metro X DIY, Leeds
Nov 14 – The Castle, Manchester
Nov 15 – The Fulford Arms, YORK


“Crocodile” by Tuff Love