King Tuff is the latest project of Kyle Thomas, a musician probably best known for playing with Dinosaur Jr. mastermind J Mascis in Mascis' stoner metal band Witch. On King Tuff's self-titled sophomore album, Thomas continues on the trajectory he established on 2008's Was Dead: breezy, catchy rock music that falls somewhere between '60s pop, '70s glam, and the scuzzy beach rock of a band like Wavves.
But unlike Wavves, there thankfully isn't a veneer of aloof self-consciousness in King Tuff's music; it's uninhibited and immediate, which may have something to do with Thomas's songwriting abilities. Take the album's lead single, "Bad Thing," which, in just over two minutes, packs in enough hooks to please a Top-40 songwriter. King Tuff will undoubtedly get pegged as a summer album since it's catchy and being released in late May, but it's substantive enough to last the whole year.
Listen to (and, depending on your tolerance for emails from Sub Pop, download) "Bad Thing" after the jump.