Photos: Mike Massaro
When music is written about an ex, you imagine Snow Patrol, with their perfectly coiffed curls, crooning about cheating that one time. The opposite end of the spectrum is far better however, and much more fun.
The Tuts are the women you wish you were, instead of sobbing to your flatmate about seeing your last beau on Tinder. “It’s about letting go of past relationships and all the dickheads who screwed you over;” they say. Music for the working class, who think perfection is an invalid concept. Prepare for a three-tone, feminist, debauched whirlwind of politics, punk, girl-power, and giving zero fucks.
There’s no room for small talk or skirting around the point with these three. From the start, taboos are broken; you’ll find yourself wishing you could replace your best friends right here. Reaching out from the depths of London, they’re are proud to be the first ‘DIY band’ of its kind. For all their aesthetic A-game, they’re unsigned, stylist-free, and determined to rid the working world of people who mug you off; all the while as role models for women everywhere.
“I think it’s important we exist, three women, three-tone, but also representing the working class,” explains bassist Harriet. “Our ambitions are limitless – we want the world, and to help people feel empowered. I’d also love to eventually be able to adopt all of the rescue animals in the UK, so gonna need to make some money first.”
“Every scene needs work, and needs to check itself”
Women in music speaking their mind, you cry? It’s easy to liken their attitude to that of Pussy Riot – the Russian punk rock protest group who exist to be prosecuted for what they believe in. “I hope I never have to go as far as Pussy Riot did to be heard,” says drummer Beverly. “I mean when you push a group of people as far as they can be pushed, you’re going to get a reaction – hence black lives matter.”
Vocalist and guitarist, Nadia adds: “I think females in general need to prove themselves more because everything is questioned, from our ability to play our instruments, to whether we write our own songs.” Harriet agrees, “When we get passionate about something, we go for it. We use our voices and aren’t scared to call something out publicly.”
An issue they aren’t at all scared be vocal on is representation. Amidst a generation of girls obsessed over society’s ideas of perfection, the heterosexual, blonde, white woman figure crops up all too often when it comes to female figureheads. “Taylor Swift is an icon for white women,” Beverley says. “So that’s how I feel about Taylor Swift being an icon for young girls everywhere.”
“It’s important she isn’t the only positive icon and that we don’t just focus on her when there’s so many other inspiring women to look to,” adds Harriet. With their inspirations spanning from Feeder to Britney Spears, to The Spice Girls or even Michelle Obama, The Tuts want to prove that punk is for everyone. “People think it’s been and gone,” Nadia says. “But as a three-tone band, just us existing is a big enough political, punk statement. People need to embrace my coloured face.”
“As a three-tone band, just us existing is a big enough political, punk statement”
Harriet loves that punk is a safe place for a range of people: “[It’s] important to appreciate what the punk scene is like right now,” she says, explaining how it caters for many, including those suffering from mental illness and anxiety. “But it’s also important to keep a critical mind about it,” she says. “Every scene needs work and needs to check itself. The punk scene needs more diversity. That’s my tainted view of punk.”
The band already have some pretty impressive performances under their belt, including Bearded Theory, Camden Rocks and Glastonbury, but they cite supporting new wave legend Adam Ant and performing with the straight-talking Kate Nash as standout moments. “She doesn’t conform to what the media want of her,” Nadia says. “She’s not a sell-out and wouldn’t do something if she didn’t feel passionate about it. She took a major leap and stuck her fingers up at the industry.”
“When you push a group of people as far as they can be pushed, you’re going to get a reaction”
So what’s next for The Tuts? With an album out later this month and the recent release of single ‘Let Go of the Past’, feeling excited is an understatement. “We’ve got a UK tour coming up, fingers crossed America next year and hopefully we can support some more big names we admire, have fun and reach a wider audience,” Nadia buzzes. “We can’t wait to see people’s reactions to what we’ve got next.”
The Tuts play The Thunderbolt with Personal Best on 16th September. Their album Update Your Brain – funded entirely through pre-orders and special merch on Pledge – is out on the 8th.
Check out ‘Let Go Of The Past’ right here: