Nadia, Harriet, and Bev are The Tuts– an all female trio hailing from London. Being a band since school, these chicks have some serious chemistry and bring their talents together to create high energy garage indie-pop. AMBY had a chat with The Tuts about their love for Kate Nash, getting arrested, and stage diving!
AMBY: Hello The Tuts, how have you been and what have you been up to lately?
B: We’ve been fine, we’re just come off an amazing tour with Miss Kate Nash and we’re getting ready for some amazing things this summer.
H: We’ve all been a bit depressed since we’ve come back but are shooting a music video soon.
B: And we’ve got a tour montage video.
N: I’m depressed from being a corporate bitch, it’s given me acne and eczema and made my asthma worse. I sometimes finger myself, and that’s good.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
N: ‘Bubblegum punk’
B: Not ‘bubblegum punk’! Rough and ready, energetic.
H: Girly, punky, Libertinesesque band with catchy hooks, relatable lyrics and substance.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your ace song Tut Tut Tut?
B: You can read the lyrics online, we like the song because it gets our audience listening to every word that we’re saying. That’s important to us because there’s always hidden messages behind songs. One girl thought the song was anti-girl or slut-shamey because she misheard the lyrics and was relieved that it was feminist. We’re happy that people are engaging and wanting to know more about the song.
H: Yeah this song needed to happen! I joined the band 2 and a half years ago and noticed a pattern forming at all of our gigs. We were always put on first. Now, this could seem like not a big deal or just a coincidence but after us would always be man bands who didn’t even bring anyone to the gig yet the promoter would be sucking up to them, hard. So it was kinda like, why are we supporting them? It happened over and over again. That’s where the line ‘ladies you’re on first’ comes from. But the rap section of the song is the epitome of girl band experience, every line refers to something that has happened to us while gigging. Mainly sexist comments.
AMBY: What do you have planned as far as an album release goes?
N: We’re just rinsing out the EP right now, for the moment we haven’t made any plans for the album.
H: I think we should do another EP.
N: We haven’t had the EP out for a year yet, we’ve still got people we want to reach with it.
B: Yeah hopefully next year we’ll bring out something new, a full-length for you guys.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
B and N: UP THE BRACKET!
B: We went to see the Libertines at the age of 15 and that gig changed our lives. At school me and Nadia were the only two people who liked alternative music, Libertines and Feeder.
N: Feeder changed my life. I bought Comfort in Sound first but then I discovered Echo Park. I used to get upset at school but then I’d listen to those two albums and it would calm me down. Destiny’s Child ‘The Writings on the Wall’, that’s an amazing album.
H: Juliana Hatfield ‘Become What You Are’. Listened to that growing up, she’s the reason I started playing guitar. The Sundays ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’ and Lemuria ‘Get Better’. Going back further, Destiny’s Child and Nelly Furtado’s first two albums are really important to me.
N: And the Spice Girls obv.
AMBY: You have been touring with the fabulous Kate Nash. What have been some of the highlights?
B: The brownies, the Krispy Kremes, the free Pizza Express – anything we wanted, once we had a bag full of M&S sandwiches and cakes.
H: Haha. Meeting all the fans, dancing with all of them, screaming to Kate Nash’s set.
N: Bev stage diving, Bev taking over on vocals when Kate jumped into the crowd.
B: When Linda (Kate’s lead guitarist) tickled me onstage while we were playing.
H: Seeing Kate and her band dancing to us and singing the lyrics.
N: When Kate came onstage in London and played the guitar to ‘I Call You Up’. Her stage manager Brett Lomas, we were terrorising him, he had gappy teeth.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
B: Paramore, The Babies, loads of American bands, Swearin’, Waxahatchee.
H: Waxahatchee, Martha, Aquadolls, Laura Stevenson, Damsel.
N: Kate Nash, Dum Dum Girls (Bedroom Eyes), Waxahatchee (but I don’t like them), Colour Me Wednesday.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
AMBY: One funny thing was Bev stage diving and seeing her white knickers. And also, when I told that guy to wank instead when he wouldn’t clap.
B: The funniest thing, I don’t know, there’s a lot of banter that goes on onstage, we’re always laughing.
H: When Nadia channelled Russell Brand at the 100 Club just cos she put her guitar down and thought she was a stand up comic.
B: Telling a man in the audience twice her age to uncross his arms… When Nadia asked what the photographer in Manchester was going to do with all those photos he was taking…
H: Going crazy at Newcastle then seeing photos of us back looking like three crazy witches.
AMBY: What is your song of the year so far?
H: Kate Nash ‘Sister’
N: Kate Nash ‘Conventional Girl’
B: Kate Nash ‘Girl Gang’ (Fidlar cover)
AMBY: What has you excited for the rest of 2013?
N: The record deal that we’ve yet to be offered from… Wichita!! Hahaha
B: Playing Indietracks.
H: Hopefully going on tour again too.
N: Colour Me Wednesday’s album. Also I want to quit my job.
AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?
N: Beverley will be ‘MNNNNYERRR’, Harriet’s is ‘HOH’,
H: Nadia’s is…
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about The Tuts that nobody knows?
B: I got arrested in Superdrug.
H: I keyed someone’s car, then someone blew it up the next day…
N: I was arrested for having a £10 bag of weed. Now I’m free tho bitches!
Thank you The Tuts, for giving us your answers!