The Tuts

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The Tuts
The Tuts.jpg
Nadia Javed (left) and Harriet Doveton (right) performing in September 2016
Background information
OriginHayes, Hillingdon, West London, England
Genres
LabelsDovetown
Associated actsColour Me Wednesday
Kate Nash
Girli
Websitethetuts.bandcamp.com
Members
  • Nadia Javed
  • Beverley Ishmael
  • Harriet Doveton

The Tuts are an English DIY pop punk,[1] "three-tone"[2] band from Hayes, London.[3] They have received extensive coverage from alternative music radio, most notably Amazing Radio,[4][5] and from music websites such as Louder Than War who have published multiple articles on the group,[6][7][8] calling them "one of the UK’s most exciting bands".[6]The band, particularly frontwoman Nadia Javed, were the subject of a feature in the ITV series Young, British and Muslim in April 2018.[9]

Initially influenced by contemporary indie and alternative rock,[10] their back-to-basics sound and feminist politics have led to comparisons with older genres such as punk, C86 and riot grrrl.[11]

Origins[edit]

The Tuts were formed by teenagers Nadia Javed (guitar) and Beverley Ishmael (drums) in the mid 2000s while still at school. Bassist Harriet Doveton (also of Colour Me Wednesday) joined in late 2010 and this line up played their first gig in early 2011.[12]

The band self-released their self-titled debut EP in 2012,[13] and download single "Tut Tut Tut" early the following year, picking up radio support from Billy Reeves, Gary Crowley,[4] Ruth Barnes,[5] Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe.

A 2013 tour with Kate Nash[14] led to a track on Nash’s Have Faith This Christmas EP later that year;[15] the band also made their first appearance at Indietracks,[16] and released two more download singles, "Dump Your Boyfriend" and "Worry Warrior", the artwork for the latter a playful nod to X Ray Spex.[17]

In 2014 the band released second EP Time to Move On[18] and played the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury Festival[8] at the invitation of Billy Bragg. 2015 saw tours with The Selecter[19] and Sonic Boom Six,[20] a return to Indietracks[21] and an appearance at the Tolpuddle Martyrs festival.

Album and after[edit]

Having built a fanbase solely through touring and DIY/social media promotion, in spring 2016 The Tuts started a PledgeMusic campaign to finance their debut album.[22] It reached its target within a week.[7]

The band's debut album Update Your Brain was released in September 2016 to universally-positive reviews,[23][24][25][26][27][28] including national press.[29]

In July they had released new download single "Let Go of the Past" with accompanying video.[30] Their video to follow-up single "1982" was premiered on Vice magazine's Noisey channel[31] in October 2016.

The band have played with The Undertones, The Saints, Thee Faction, Adam Ant and Senseless Things. The Tuts performed at several summer festivals in 2016, including Bearded Theory, Glastonwick, Camden Rocks, Godiva[32] and Rebellion.[33] In 2017 The Tuts supported Feeder,[34] toured with The Skints,[35] and played the Bestival[36] and Indietracks[37] festivals.

In May/June 2017 The Tuts embarked on their own "Give Us Something Worth Voting For" tour, with reference to the impending UK general election and their eponymous anti-Conservative album track.[38] Later the same year the band collaborated with Girli on a new version of the song "Mr 10pm Bedtime", previously released on her Hot Mess EP.[39]

Javed and the band received TV coverage as part of ITV series Young British and Muslim in April 2018. The feature contained interview footage of Javed on life as a young female Muslim musician in Britain as well as rehearsal footage of the full band.[9]

Controversy[edit]

A dispute arose between the band and management of the Undercover Festival in 2016 following clashes between security staff and band members during the performance of headline act The Selecter.[40][41]

Members[edit]

  • Nadia Javed – guitar, vocals (formation–present)
  • Beverley Ishmael – drums (formation–present)
  • Harriet Doveton – bass, vocals (2010–present)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Update Your Brain Dovetown, LP/CD/DD, 2016

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • The Tuts EP CD/DD, 2012
  • "Tut Tut Tut" DD, 2013
  • "Dump Your Boyfriend" DD, 2013
  • "Worry Warrior" DD, 2013
  • "Christmas Is In The Air" DD, 2013
  • Time to Move On EP CD/DD, 2014
  • "Do I Have To Look For Love" DD, 2015
  • "Let Go of the Past" DD, 2016
  • "1982" DD, 2016
  • "Do I Have To Look For Love"/"Lying Lover" 7"/DD, 2017
  • "Mr 10pm Bedtime" (Girli vs. The Tuts) DD, 2017

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "I Call You Up" on MC12, HHBTM Records, Cassette, 2012
  • "Do I Have To Look For Love" on Don't Be Left Without Us, 2CD, 2016[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.songwritingmagazine.co.uk/interviews/introducing-the-tuts/36452
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/28/its-about-time-the-black-and-asian-bands-decolonising-british-indie
  3. ^ "The Tuts Interview: "It is literally DIY or die and we don't wanna die!" - Overblown". 27 February 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Amazing Radio – Gary Crowley Presents… The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Amazing Radio – Track Of The Week: The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "The Tuts start Pledge campaign for new album - Louder Than War". 15 February 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b "INTERVIEW! The Tuts talk sexism in music, their upcoming album, and their DIY aesthetic - Louder Than War". 11 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b http://louderthanwar.com/the-tuts-glastonbury-live-review/
  9. ^ a b Young, British and Muslim - Episode 1: Changing what it means to be YBM, ITV transmitteed 25 April 2018 Event occurs at 11:50-14:15
  10. ^ "Meet The Tuts". 15 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Review - The Tuts". 20 September 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ "RIOT PARTY #4". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ "The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2013/04/24/kate-nash-east-village-arts-club-liverpool-21-april-2013/
  15. ^ "Kate Nash new songs – first listen here to the Christmas EP!". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  16. ^ http://www.indietracks.co.uk/indietracks-interview-17-the-tuts/
  17. ^ "Worry Warrior, by The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  18. ^ "EP review: The Tuts - 'Time To Move On'". 23 September 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  19. ^ "The Selecter, The Tuts: Arts Club, Liverpool - Getintothis". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  20. ^ "LIVE MUSIC - Sonic Boom Six, The Tuts, Kenneths @ Boston Music Room, London 06/11/15". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Indietracks interview #22: The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  22. ^ "The Tuts: New Album". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  23. ^ http://www.upsetmagazine.com/albums/tuts-update-brain/
  24. ^ http://therevue.ca/2016/09/12/the-tuts-update-your-brain/
  25. ^ http://beautifulfreaks.nl/reviews/2016/09/the-tuts-update-your-brain/
  26. ^ http://www.musicsoup.net/post/150325962332/review-update-your-brain-the-tuts
  27. ^ http://drinkcoldsoda.com/album-review/update-your-brain-by-the-tuts-album-review
  28. ^ http://www.watchreadrepeat.com/2016/10/review-tuts-update-your-brain.html
  29. ^ http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-bb71-A-million-dollar-idea-whose-time-has-come
  30. ^ http://www.50thirdand3rd.com/video-day-let-go-past-tuts/
  31. ^ https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-tuts-1982-is-a-joyous-middle-finger-to-the-music-industry
  32. ^ Pearce, Matt. "The Tuts". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  33. ^ "Colt 45, Spoilers, Youth Man and The Tuts part of Rebellion Introducing". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  34. ^ https://www.thezineuk.co.uk/single-post/2017/03/23/FEEDER-newly-bright-and-electric
  35. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/news/the-skints-release-video-for-al-green-cover-plus-confirm-uk-spring-tour-supports/
  36. ^ http://www.bestival.net/line-up/artists/the-tuts
  37. ^ http://www.indietracks.co.uk/april-2017/
  38. ^ http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/tuts-announce-something-worth-voting-tour-dates/
  39. ^ http://statusmagonline.com/features/girl-gang-the-tuts-sings-about-fighting-through-patriarchal-oppression/
  40. ^ https://drlucyrobinson.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/your-punk-politics-will-be-privileged-or-it-will-be-bullshit
  41. ^ https://wayoutradio.com/2016/09/12/open-letter-to-the-tuts/
  42. ^ "Don't Be Left Without These Star Sounds". Morning Star. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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