It would not be totally accurate to call King Tuff wicked, and yet, something about the term seems to fit. Kyle Thomas, the man behind the persona — if you can even call the exaggerated personality a “persona” — doesn’t suggest he’s capable of any evil or vicious proclivities, but his music, particularly that on the most recent Black Moon Spell, makes you wonder: is there some darkness that Thomas has been hiding all along?
“I got madness in my brain,” he sings on his newest album. “Pleased to meet you, I’m gonna eat you, cause I’m batshit insane.”
He’s come a little way from the scuzzy punk life-as-art ways of Was Dead and its predecessors, and with Black Moon Spell, it’s clear that he’s been gunning for something a little different. It’s a mysterious turn of topic for the rocker, and the album’s supernatural leanings conjecture that something spooky is at play.
But for all its ghastly tendencies, King Tuff doesn’t want to talk about the record. “I’m almost in a different place now from when we made the record, so it’s a little hard for me to remember what its all about,” he utters with a wheezy laugh. “I have a good time playing those songs, you know. It’s rock music, there’s not much I can say about it.”
But there is, really. He says that the album came from a different place than previous works, but for a specific reason: more people had a hand in it.
“It just felt dark when we were making it.