By Maddy Cristall
Fortune Sound Club
February 7, 2019
Fortune may seem like an odd place to see the psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll wizard that is King Tuff, however every time he’s come to town he plays there. Walking through the doors it’s hard to know what to expect but boasting the city’s best sound system and a mosh friendly room are hard to ignore. From the seconds before he takes the stage, King Tuff (real name Kyle Thomas) has already got the audience in his palm. Half the audience knowing exactly what to expect and the other half having no idea, but feeding off of the others’ excitement. He kicked things off with a space horn (sic) solo and seamlessly segued into the headbanger’s delight, “Black Moon Spell.” The generally passive audience Vancouver is known for was replaced by some moshing monster, who wasted no time in answering all of Tuff’s calls.
The spectacle of rock is not lost on King Tuff. He has a unique way of simultaneously expelling the free spirited nature of the 60s, the glam of the 70s and the grunge of the 90s. He takes you back in time all while having a progressively all female band. They spared no opportunity to shred a blazing harmonized guitar solo or to get the crowd singing along. He came out draped in an all black suit and cape laden with hundreds of gold stars, complete with big fuck-off-shades and his signature zany ball cap, yet it doesn’t seem over the top or even like a carbon copy of 70s artists. He is so blatantly from a different era yet we desperately need him in ours.
The band’s set flawlessly integrated the new and the old and kept the room dancing the whole night. King Tuff’s most recent record The Other showcases a more refined sound, reflective of his ever-evolving nature.Fortune Sound Club, King Tuff