KING TUFF: “Screaming Skull” b/w “Love Potion”: 7”

Hot on the heels of Mr. Tuff’s LP from early 2012. “Screaming Skull” may feature King Tuff’s most dance-y drum beat yet, with a Dinosaur Jr.-like lead floating on top. “Love Potion” is a foot stompin’ head banger with a searing lead floating on top. I’ve never been able to categorize King Tuff as garage or rock, but some describe him as power pop. I’ll go ahead and agree, with the emphasis on power.

 –Sal Lucci (Sub Pop)