Vermont singer-songwriter Kyle Thomas specializes is bright, brash, and summery rock ‘n’ roll with a strong garage vibe. I first ran into the guy when made his Sub Pop Records debut with his band Happy Birthday. I wasn’t in love with the album, but what great moments there were on that album were great. Too great to simply brush Thomas under the rug
Sub Pop is continuing to support this guy by putting out his latest solo record under the name King Tuff. The guy has been putting out material under this name for a while, and the sound quality seems to be upped on this new track to drop from the album, “Bad Thing.”
Thomas brings the same youthful energy, though, progressing the track through vulnerable verses, grunge choruses, and an ear-piercing guitar solo.
Summery, fun, catchy, and lo-fi is a sound a lot of new acts shoot for, but few of them actually achieve it on the level of Vermont singer-songwriter Kyle Thomas. Whether you’re listening to some of his solo stuff under the name “King Tuff,” or some tracks from his band Happy Birthday, you’ll probably hear a hook that’ll be worth humming for weeks.
Thomas has a new single dropping under the King Tuff name on Suicide Squeeze this April, and you can stream it above. The title: “Wild Desire.” I’d say the title is pretty appropriate, because this track certainly brings some wild desires out of me. It kinda makes me wanna pig out on snacks at a local 7-Eleven, steal a car, and go on a road trip to Las Vegas, which is where I’ll blow my entire life savings on stuff that I’d probably find to be illegal if I checked a law book or two.
Thomas’ vocal delivery feels so young, brash, and snotty. He’s on the prowl for a good time, and his music brings the necessary mood. The verses have a really driving quality to them, and the chorus showcases the perfect amount of release. It’s a stellar piece of garage pop.
On “Hands,” rides a wave of flanged guitars into a sunny rock riffs. Though the song is pretty upbeat, there’s something kind of freakish about it. Maybe it’s the weird, shouting background vocals. Apparently, this 7” is being released by Scion as a promotional deelie. OK. That’s coo.
Hear the Hex Dispensers’ side of the split at everybodytaste.com. Here is the split’s cover: