Like Garbage, Crass and Perfect Pussy, Tuff Love aren’t afraid of having a confrontational identity.
The Glasgow-based duo, Julie Eisenstein and Suse Bear named their first three EPs Junk, Dross and Dregs, and the 15 tracks across those now-sought-after 10-inch records are repackaged on Resort. Trashy it isn’t. Eisenstein and Bear count Paisley chart-botherer Paolo Nutini among their growing fan base and hitched a ride as support to reformed shoegazers Ride last year, taking their fuzzy, sun-warped songs to supersized audiences.
Written, performed and produced in Bear’s flat, Resort’s songs offer a certain bedsit charm, bearing comparison to the Shop Assistants.
The album sequences the EPs chronologically, with opener Sweet Discontent the track that set Tuff Love an early high bar, thanks to its slow-fast clatter and often frenetic energy coupled with somewhat oblique, subtly dark lyrics.
They sometimes clear that bar - Slammer being the kind of sussed pop The Breeders might have patented, and That’s Right an indiepop stomp - and occasionally drop just short.
Resort might not offer constant sunshine, but it confirms this rather charming pair should stick around.