I’ve been pretty vocal about my love of Happy Birthday’s self-titled debut album lately. Last week I was working at my internship for the company that handles Happy Birthday’s booking. They’re always listening to good tunes in the office, and something really, really good came on that I didn’t recognize. It was vintage grungy punk with some modern pop twists, with a singer that sounded so familiar in an inexplicable way, and also in a way that sometimes sounded like Television’s Tom Verlaine. It was love at first listen.
When I asked what it was, I wasn’t all too surprised to hear that it was King Tuff, Kyle from Happy Birthday’s original project. It’s definitely its own thing- more classic and derivative than Happy Birthday- but it still has that very playful, classically self-deprecating vibe that Happy Birthday gives off. I’ve attached a few tracks to this post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.