Despite the brutish nature of their name and their look, King Tuff were anything but at Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room this past Wednesday, October 22.
Front man Kyle Thomas, bassist Magic Jake and drummer Old Gary Goddard burst onto the stage with cut-off, patched up jean jackets and a positivism that permeated the entire room. For their opening song, a wall of distortion and feedback transformed into the title track of their latest album, Black Moon Spell. In the interim between the first few tracks, Thomas and Magic Jake continued a banter infused with good vibes, at one point mentioning how honored they were to be performing in Seattle, the “home of so many influential artists”.
Magic Jake and Kyle Thomas rock with attitude
The love flowed throughout the night, with all members of King Tuff beaming permanent grins at their ecstatic fans song after sloppy song. As the crowd got rowdier and the mosh pit’s circumference increased, King Tuff’s energy skyrocketed, climaxing during the supremely-catchy “Bad Thing”. Although the musicality wasn’t much to be amazed at, the constant upbeat energy and no-holds-barred attitude of its members allowed King Tuff’s performance to shine with grungey, shredding, lo-fi mastery.
Take a listen to their new album (embedded below):
(Photo credits to Alex Ostenberg)