If you follow me on any social media sites or know me irl, you will know that I’m totally obsessed with this kick-ass punk girl band The Tuts. I first saw them supporting Kate Nash on her UK tour in Liverpool, April 2013, and I was totally blown away. I love Kate too and didn’t expect her support to rival her energy and brilliance, but they did. Since then, I’ve seen the Tuts a few more times - at The Star & Garter, Manchester, November 2013; and at a private party, May 2014. They don’t play up North as often as I would like, so whenever they are up here I always make sure to check them out.
On the 12th October, I saw them at the Fallow Cafe in Manchester. The music venue was quite a small space upstairs, and it was full, which was great to see. A lot of my friends were also attending - its testimony to the band that they have a loyal gang that follow them around.
I was a bit late (first time driving on the motorway!) so I only caught the last song of the support band, the Lab Rats. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really bothered about the other bands. They were good but nothing compared to The Tuts, and I was so busy catching up with my friends I didn’t pay much attention
The Tuts were killer, as usual. They perfectly blend relatable and clever lyrics with incredible, quick-based rock music. They have a solid set of songs that appear at every gig - I Call You Up, All Too Late, Lying Lover, Dump Your Boyfriend, and Worry Warrior among others. Not only is their music a cut above the rest, they don’t just stand on the stage shoe-gazing: they interact with the crowd. I sang backing vocals on Lying Lover while my friend was called on stage to sing I Call You Up; Nadia (lead singer) jumped into the crowd at one point and played her guitar among the hardcore fans. And they wear matching outfits, which is amazing. It’s not simply a hobby for them - you can tell that they genuinely care about their music and invest all of their effort into their gigs, leaving an outstanding impression on whoever witnesses it
They care about their fans, too. Before and after the gig, The Tuts made sure to talk to us, posing for photos and treating us like close friends. I’ve known them for almost 2 years now and I can firmly say that we are good friends. They really appreciate people who travel to their gigs and show their loyalty, and they reciprocate this love.
If you haven’t already checked them out, I urge you to do so: they’re on facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, youtube, and spotify - just search The Tuts or The Tuts Band. In February/March 2015, they are supporting The Selecter on a UK tour, playing in major cities and venues such as London Koko. Their music is available to purchase on band camp, or free to listen to on spotify