20 Sep 2012
Review | The Tuts
The Tuts, S/T EP, Self-Released
Things are looking up for The Tuts. The last year or so has seen them increasingly acclaimed and in demand as a live band, playing everything from punk gigs to indiepop clubs and riot grrrl nights. The band are no slouchers when it comes to self-promotion either, helping to put on local shows around their Hillingdon home-base and self-releasing their debut EP, now available online as well as at Rough Trade (although we hear that the shop’s first batch sold out in record time.)
Part of an ongoing girl-band renaissance that takes in everything from the dark post-punk of Savages and Zoëtrøpe to the lo-fi sounds of Woolf and Skinny Girl Diet, The Tuts instead take a refreshingly punked-up pop approach, citing their inspirations as everyone from The Beatles to Bikini Kill, and wielding enough classic-indie influences to make them serious contenders for mainstream appeal should word continue to spread. The icing on the cake? They deliver a guitar-girl-gang pop sass the country hasn’t seen since Kenickie or Shop Assistants.
A busy summer schedule has seen radio shows, label interest from the States, a flurry of fan attention over their debut video
and rumours of a debut TV appearance (details tbc). And to those who already have the EP, the band promises that an album is on the way.
The Tuts play Brighton on Sept 23rd (with Colour Me Wednesday) and The Lexington on Sept 29th (all-ages afternoon show); they then join Throwing Up for the London date of The Shondes’ The Girls Are-sponsored European tour, at The Lexington on Oct 21st.