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King Tuff (born Kyle Thomas)[1][2] is an American musician, recording on Sub Pop Records[3] and Burger Records.

King Tuff
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King Tuff in 2014
Background information
OriginVermont, United States
GenresGarage rock, indie pop, power pop, neo-psychedelia
Years active2006–present
LabelsSub Pop
Associated actsDinosaur Jr., Wavves, Witch, Happy Birthday, The Go, Ty Segall
MembersKyle Thomas
Magic Jake
Garett Goddard

King Tuff and his band has released several music videos and has continually toured across the United States, Australia and Europe since 2012.[4]

Thomas is also the lead guitarist and singer of Stoner rock band Witch. He also was also a member of garage rock musician Ty Segall's backing band The Muggers, formed following the release of Segall's studio album, Emotional Mugger.

Life and careerEdit

Thomas grew up around music; his father was a big music fan, so he would listen to all of his dad's music. Prior to his father getting a Fender Stratocaster when Kyle was 7, he played on a keyboard and drum kit. According to Thomas, the Stratocaster served as a source of inspiration. Thomas never decided what he would do with his life, though was hesitant to go to college because he was unsure what he would study. After high school, Thomas wrote songs and played with bands, saying: "I would go on tour, but I never really took it as a serious job up until a couple years ago, when I decided to really make an effort at it. It’s been a real long, slow practice."[5]

Tuff's first release was a self-made CD-R distributed by Spirit of Orr records, the majority of which consisted of rough versions of songs later released on Was Dead, King Tuff's first 'official' album. After beginning his career as King Tuff, he got scant publicity so he moved on to other projects such as the bands Witch and Happy Birthday. "King Tuff" eventually started to gain popularity, leading Thomas to go back to his former stage name of King Tuff[6]

Was DeadEdit

King Tuff’s 2008 debut album Was Dead was originally released by Tee Pee Records sister-label The Colonel.[7] It is now considered collectable because so few were pressed.[citation needed] In 2013, Burger Records re-issued a DeLuxe blue edition, which charted in the #8 position on Billboard's Heatseeker chart dated June 6.[citation needed]

King TuffEdit

His second album, King Tuff was produced by Bobby Harlow and released by Sub Pop on May 29, 2012,[8] charting at No. 21[9] on Billboard's Heatseeker Albums chart. The album also debuted on the CMJ charts at No. 14,[10] eventually climbing to No. 2 and knocking Jack White's Blunderbuss from its top charting position.[11]

Black Moon SpellEdit

On September 23, 2014, King Tuff released his third album, Black Moon Spell, on Sub Pop Records, again produced by Bobby Harlow,[12] and featuring Ty Segall as guest drummer on the title track. Upon release, the album immediately became CMJ's "most added" for the week of September 23[13] on college radio airplay. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard Heatseeker in the "Hot Shot Debut" position chart for the week of October 11,[14] and immediately pushed to the #1 position on the CMJ College Radioplay chart for the week of October 14.[15]


Studio albumsEdit

EPs and singlesEdit

  • Hex Dispensers, The / King Tuff - Agatha's Antlers / Hands (2011)
  • Wild Desire (2012)
  • Screaming Skull (2012)
  • King Tuff / Lentils, The - Biggest Hearts / That Sweet Disease, Pitchfork Review 7” Single Series Vol. 3 (2014)
  • Psycho Star (2018)

Live albumsEdit

  • Live at Third Man Records (2013)
  • Live At Pickathon: Ty Segall / King Tuff (with Ty Segall) (2015)



  1. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta. "King Tuff - King Tuff - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Guest Lists". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "''King Tuff's Sub Pop Artist Page''". 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  4. ^ "King Tuff Tour Dates 2012 — King Tuff Concert Dates and Tickets". Songkick. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  5. ^ Heng, Kati (2014-08-20). "The Color Purple". Frontpsych. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  6. ^ "King Tuff - Biography". Billboard.
  7. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta. "King Tuff - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  8. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta (2012-05-29). "AllMusic page for King Tuff's King Tuff". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  9. ^ "''Billboard Album Chart, June 30, 2012''". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  10. ^ "CMJ Charts May 29, 2012: Hangin' King Tuff". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  11. ^ "CMJ Charts for June 12, 2012: Hot Chip Gets In Our Heads, Beach House No. 1". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  12. ^ Thomas, Fred (2014-09-23). "AllMusic page for King Tuff's Black Moon Spell". Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  13. ^ "CMJ Charts: September 23, 2014: King Tuff Is Most Added - CMJ". CMJ. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  14. ^ "King Tuff - Billboard Heetseekers Chart". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  15. ^ "King Tuff - CMJ Chart October 14, 2014". Retrieved 23 October 2014.