The Tuts, an all-female punk band from Hayes consisting of Nadia Javed on vocals and guitar, Harriet Doveton on backing vocals and bass guitar, and Beverley Ishmael on drums, have gained a reputation for being a strong live act with a lot of attitude, and who take a D.I.Y approach to their music. This has resulted in them touring with Kate Nash, and bagging a slot at Glastonbury in June.
Previously, they released a self-titled EP in July 2012, full of infectious tracks that become implanted in your brain. This was followed by single Tut Tut Tut, an honest track highlighting sexism in the music industry. In April, the band released their second EP, entitled Time To Move On, produced by Sam Brackley (the drummer in Doveton’s other band Colour Me Wednesday), so it will be interesting if they would retain the energy of their previous EP.
Opening track ‘Worry Warrior’ talks about how someone is constantly worried and anxious, and that they need to forget about the past and look to the future (“Worry warrior / What you worried for? / I thought you were stronger / Time to move on”). The lyrics really hit home and the simple instrumentation of drums, bass, and spiky guitar give off a strong summery vibe. A fluidity within the band is also shown by a simple and brief pause in Ishmael’s drumming.
‘Dump Your Boyfriend’ is an older song, which was recorded live, thus capturing the raw and uplifting energy of the band. It discusses the frustrations of an uncaring boyfriend, and the chorus depicts the protagonist wanting to break free from the relationship, but stays held back (“Easier said than done / I don’t want to jump the gun”).
‘Loving It’,the shortest track on the EP at 92 seconds long,is a joy to listen to; it is a bundle of energy that continuously changes direction, and it shouldn’t fail to put a grin on your face. It is this kind of electrifying excitement that sets them apart from the usual indie fare, that will suit them nicely for the future.
The other new song is 1,2,3, which also contains a variety of changes in pace to keep the listener on their toes. The opening lyrics could potentially showcase anger at an ex (“1, 2, 3 don’t wanna talk to you / 4, 5, 6, you can suck my dick”) and the feeling that things need to be put right, such as the joys from shouting out a car window, and when the pace gradually picks up, the adrenaline rush is fit for a moshpit.
Finally, there is Brackley’s remix of ‘Worry Warrior’, which has elements of dubstep. Javed’s pitched-up vocals may take a while to get used to, but it adds an interesting spin on the track. Additionally, there is a new rapped verse which flows nicely into the song, before morphing into a breakbeat/drum n’ bass hybrid to cause an abrupt finish.
With the way things are going, The Tuts are making themselves known, having played from Cardiff and Birmingham. This EP, with a lot of energy and observant witty lyrics, only enhances the fact that they are ones to watch in the future…
TOP TRACKS: ‘Worry Warrior’; ‘Loving It’
FOR FANS OF: The Libertines; Kate Nash; The Cribs