Out now via legendary label Sub Pop, Vermont's King Tuff's new album 'Black Moon Spell' offers up one of the greatest guitar riffs you'll hear in 2014, along with a hypnotic head banging video to accompany it.
With its palette of washed out blacks, Gibson/Marshall reverence and witchy aesthetics, the light-hearted nods to heavy rock history - T. Rex in particular - are easy and pleasing to spot. Fourth track in, 'Headbanger' makes a sly lyrical reference to turning it up to eleven, reassuring the listener that they are allowed to enjoy Spinal Tap element of Tuff's glam rock world, and like Tufnel, St. Hubbins and Smalls the musicianship and riffs are not found wanting.
The rock 'n' roll of 'Black Holes in Stereo' with its line "Found a 45 on my lawn, I think it fell from a UFO", cleverly take us right back to a time even before Bolan went electric, to the 'Summertime Blues' era, where rock 'n' roll was as American as B movies and baseball.
The mysticism of 'Eyes of the Muse', the glitter of 'Staricase of Diamonds', and the boogie of 'Eddie's Song' make it certain by the end of the album that Kyle Thomas wears his T. Rex influence on his leather jacket sleeve. That said, there is an element of hipster metal cool to King Tuff (black sneakers, black baseball cap), but it emanates supernaturally from an alternative history in which Marc Bolan escaped 70s glam London to spawn a new movement on the West Coast of America in his own image.
If you're intrigued by the dark and mysterious world of King Tuff, buy the album here and see him live in the UK this November.
King Tuff - UK live dates
November 17 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
November 18 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's
November 19 - Birmingham, UK - The Oobleck
November 20 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
Find out more here.