Tuff Love

This pair of close knit pals from Glasgow create infectious, lo-fi indie-pop of the highest order. Check out their ace new track Slammer – a warm slab of shimmery, hooky, twangy goodness that builds and builds…

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Dec 2014
  • min read
Who? Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals).

What? This pair of close knit pals create infectious, lo-fi indie-pop of the highest order, which they like to describe as ‘aggressively melodic’.

From Where? They currently reside in Glasgow.

What’s the story? Julie and Suse signed to The Pictish Trail’s Lost Map Records at the start of the year, after he fell head over heels for their sun-soaked melodies and heartfelt scuzz.

Following on from where Fence Records left off, the label also boasts indie trailblazers Kid Canaveral, Randolf’s Leap and Monoganon – making Tuff Love a perfect fit for Johhny Pictish’s fuzzed up musical vision.

This industrial duo write together in Suse’s bedroom and record everything themselves. From grungy basslines to surfy riffs and swoon-inducing lyrics, they channel the sunnier side of Seattle circa 1991, giving the emphatic sound a quirky 21st century twist.

Following the release of their debut Junk EP in May, they took to the road for a tour of the UK and Europe, enjoying summer festival slots at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wickerman and Cloudspotting. They've also opened for sell-out crowds on tour with Real Estate, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome and PAWS.

Tuff Love's follow-up release Slammer followed on 24 November, attracting plaudits from heaps of DJs and tastemakers including Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe, Vic Galloway and the BBC Introducing gang.

They are now getting ready for their next record release - Dross EP - on 9 February 2015.

Sounds like? The Vaselines and Lemonheads reincarnated for the 21st century.

Predicted to? Be massive on the festival circuit next summer, thanks to their jingly-jangly jump-around pop gems.

Must hear? Slammer – shimmery, hooky, twangy goodness that builds and builds…