The TUBS – ” Names ” EP

Posted: July 27, 2021 in MUSIC
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Formed back in 2019, Owen Williams and George Nicholls, formerly of Joanna Gruesome, connected in rural North Wales to expand on what they’d done in their previous outfit, taking on styles from jangly guitar post-punk to traditional British folk. The ‘I Don’t Know How It Works‘ 7-inch arrived on Prefect Records in early 2020, with a run of shows following seeing them share stages with the likes of Porridge Radio, Flasher and Public Practice.

Two Person Love‘ sounds like everything we love right about now – moving at a clip like all the best Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever songs with a bit of guitar flash that calls to mind our favourite Atlanta trio Omni. A proper ripper on the quiet we reckon.

From note one, the “Names” EP is all business, with “Illusion”s punchy riffs (suitable for stargazing or naval-gazing) gallop forward, with Williams pontificating on his reflected reality vs. the illusion of self; a two-minute earworm on gender confusion. “The Name Song” is next, with its persistent jangle, laundry list of Williams’ favorite Seventies names & instantly memorable chorus of “I don’t care about anyone” coyly delivered with a sardonic wink and nod. “Two Person Love”s fuzzy lead line opens side two, (an ode to “erotomania”) barreling forward like a Fairport deep cut on ephedrine. A woozy cover of Felt’s “Crystal Ball” ends the EP, a faithful love-letter to an obvious influence, draped in a gauzy flange. 

With ‘Two Person Love‘ now out in the open, it comes with it the announcement that The Tubs have got a new record on the way at the end of July – the EP ‘Names‘ 7-inch EP, due for release on Trouble In Mind Records (their first 7-inch release in four years!) and Prefect Records in the UK. Sleeve design comes care of Total Control’s James Vinciguerra!

Off the back of the EP, The Tubs are looking to head into the studio to record their debut album. From the “Names” EP, out July 30th, 2021 via Trouble In Mind Records

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