No Know/Anxious by Tough Tits

Release date: January 16, 2017
Label: Self-Released

Tough Tits are a phenomenal three-piece band from Newcastle taking influence from the punk and riot girl movements and crafting something excellent and better still, idiosyncratic. Their EP ‘Hairless’ released in 2016 showcased a lot of promise and undoubtedly was the catalyst that led to them playing with Rocket’s latest signees, the marvellous Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs. It’s exciting for me to think that some of you may be hearing these three women for the first time as I’m sure that they have a lot of talent and will be a force to be reckoned with going forward, hopefully I can do this double A-Side some justice and hook you on Newcastle’s latest offering of extraordinary sounds…

Leading the charge is ‘No Know’ and from the off-set it’s clear that it’s an intense, abrasive, powerful and unique piece of music with an electrifying sense of impetus and an entrancing focus on collective instrumental voicing; all of the elements are equally strong and form somewhat of a hydra with the guitars, drums and vocals all flying at the listener with equal ferocity and finesse. The lyrics though obscured through awesomely intense distortion contain such simple gems as “there’s no doubt, I want to eat your fucking brains out” and the chorus of “you’re angry because you’re privileged, sad because you know, no matter how hard you try, you’ll never fucking know”. The currency and the straightforward candidacy of the lyrics are part of the charm and I think that element of honest, direct lamentation meeting brutalist instrumentation is what leads to Tough Tits being a perfect punk band for 2017; that’s not to say they’re Punk as in the genre; what they do is something certainly influenced by Punk but its fleshed out with influences seemingly from Psyche music (which similarly is influenced by 1960s psychedelic music and 1970s stoner Rock music as well as Alternative and actual Stoner Rock as well as Krautrock and Doom in a completely new hybrid genre) and Post-Punk as well.

On the flip side is three minutes of pulverising, militant abandon in ’Anxious’, a track built on the bone-cracking rhythm of drums and fine blades of guitar spraying notes like broken glass before erupting into bolder chords in each chorus. The delicate vocals here are once again muffled against the rapturous maelstrom of instrumentation that powers through the track.

With this pair of singles Tough Tits have proven themselves once again as an act to watch but also have proven that right now, Newcastle is the place to be for underground music.

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