From the Desk of King Tuff
It’s always seemed as though Was Dead kinda came outta nowhere. Even for me, I don’t remember writing the songs and I barely remember recording them. I do know that they came from the purest part of my heart and they were made with a mischievous little smile on my face.
I think it was 2006. I recorded mostly late at night, in a giant dirty ballroom called Vegetable Street, in my hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. My days were filled with endless cups of Mocha Joe’s coffee, black, sitting on the stoop with my friends, and spazzing out on my guitar. Looking down at the streets of Brattleboro below and out at Mount Wantastiquet and beyond. I didn’t have a cell phone or a computer and the only way to find me was either to call my mom, Lil’ Smashy, who was probably already too busy cooking me something really delicious, or spot me in the corner of the coffee shop spying on people and drawing them in my sketchbook. They were very chill times.
I wanted Was Dead to be a pure Vermont Rock and Roll record, fueled by extra sharp Cabot cheddar cheese and hot, grade-A fancy maple syrup poured over crisp white snow and served with a pickle and a cider donut. You sit down on the shitty concrete in the parking lot and you slurp it all up. I had already made a few King Tuff albums in the early 2000’s and had laid the project to rest around 2003. But something told me to resurrect King Tuff, hence the title Was Dead.
This album changed my life in so many ways, as it slowly trickled out into the world. I never expected anyone to hear it, let alone connect with it. I never would have left Vermont, never met the boys at Burger Records or any of the other insane, beautiful, cartoonish characters that now populate my life in the best way. It’s an expression of my infinitely teenage heart and soul, and I’m really proud of it. So here it is again, thanks to Burger Records. These songs belong to the Strutters and the Stutterers, the Headbangers and the Stoop Hangers, the Ruthies and the Gold Toothies, and of course, the A-N-I-M-A-L-S…
Was Dead is reanimated on April 30th, 2013 via Burger Records.
March 9 – Monterrey, MEX @ Festival Nrmal
March 14-16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
March 23 – Santa Ana, CA @ Burgerama II The Observatory
April 24 – Sydney, AUS @ I Oh You (GoodGod)
April 25 – Melbourne, AUS @ Bermuda Float
April 26 – Brisbane, AUS @ Primitive Room
April 27 – Adelaide, AUS @ Tuxedo Cat
May 10 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
May 12 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
May 13 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
May 14 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
May 15 – London, UK @ Birthdays
May 18 – Utrecht, NL @ Fuzzbox
May 24 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Festival
Aug. 2 – 4 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon