King Tuff: Black Moon Spell
When Kyle Thomas, aka King Tuff, first rolled his style of dusty junkyard rock out of the garage and into our speakers, it ran like a beat up Mustang. It’s fuzzy guitars and vintage production style were gritty, but built for speed and carried unmistakable character that was meant to be enjoyed in the California sun. His debut, Was Dead, seemed to rise from the crypt of a musician just being born and demonstrated a fresh-legged resilience as it matured. The potential for future radness rippled across the airwaves and was lived up to with the self-titled follow up King Tuff. This gave Thomas’ rock-n-roll hot rod a jump start; adopting an anthemic classic rock approach with the inclusion of pianos, acoustic guitars, and a heightened production value – his sound was in the fast lane to success. The fruitful touring that followed his second release and the highly demanded reissuing of Was Dead had Tuff riding high but nowhere near out of juice.
The winter of 2014 led the Vermont native to Los Angeles' Studio B with producer Bobby Harlow and what was conjured has been described by Thomas as a “heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.” Aptly titled, Black Moon Spell will be seeing it’s release September 23rd and “Eyes of the Muse” is our first peek up the wizard’s sleeve courtesy of Sub Pop Records.
The homage to an unknown source of inspiration packs a punch with a sparkling hook, supercharged solos and a longing chorus stating, “I always love her, I always miss her…” All of this sonic pleasure comes together in a mystical manner to illuminate Tuff’s future with his most polished work to date; upping the ante on song development as well as overall technicality. The album will be toured across North America before setting sail for Europe this winter. San Francisco dwellers can catch him at Great American Music Hall October 29th while those hanging down south can head to El Rey Theater this November. For now, you can stream the album in full over at NPR.
So, the King asks, “Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of your neck yet?”