King Tuff Concert Recap

Photos: Austin James

A quiet Wednesday night in Deep Ellum livened up with Club Dada’s lustrous lineup starting with Sahami Ashworth. Cut Worms, based out of New York, set a charming mood with their set. Heavy guitar and deep folksy vocals were reminiscent of the Growlers with an added hint of 50’s surf rock and outlaw country.

Dressed like a psychedelic Beetlejuice with Texas glam, Kyle Thomas made an emotional entrance with King Tuff’s latest album title track, “The Other”. Followed by a string of upbeat tunes, the deep setlist gave the crowd a long night of grunge rock.

Playing songs off their older albums reminiscent of their garage rock, glam punk, and sleaze rock days. The Other, however, reaches far from his past work with harsh lyrics of reaching for the stars, falling short and discovering dark truths. Songs like “Psycho Star” carried the powerful set with undeniable appeal. Themes of apocalyptic fears and technological dependency carry Kyle Thomas’ fifth album.

The crowd reacts to the absurd instrument frontman Kyle Thomas pulls out for the next track. “It’s a freaking spacehorn”, says Thomas in a midwestern before going into “Infinite Mile”. Loud, wacky and essential to the charismatic and futuristic desert-driving tune, no one questioned it as they raged on.

King Tuff ended the night with an encore we had all been waiting for. The band powered through arguably their best tracks, “Eyes of the Muse” “Sun Medallion” and “Bad Thing”.

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