Tough on Fridays - Simplicity II - Stereo Stickman

Tough on Fridays Simplicity II


A digital single, mimicking original vinyl 7” (i.e. with an A and a B side), this release features Party Scene and Bad Memories… respectively.

Party Scene kicks things off, then – after a smooth and swimmy guitar arpeggio intro, we get a spiky, punky attitude-laden stroll through garage band territory, with a brutal kick, hollow snare and warm rolling toms being properly punished – while slabs of fuzzy guitar and cool vocals map out a laconic arrangement: ‘Sex is cool / How are you?’

Party Scene boasts plenty of dynamic shifts, well-matched by the playing. It feels reckless and loose, and full of possibility, but there’s no doubt that Tough on Fridays can play, and play well. The chorus really opens up wide, smartly produced and mixed.

Bad Memories… is a sub-2 minute nugget of a track. Part of that run time is taken up with a vocal out-take at the end… ‘That was so cool..’ And it kind of was!

Across the two tracks, vocalist Caleigh reminds me of Furslide’s Jennifer Turner, but it’s almost impossible not to consider work with this kind of punky, new wave aesthetic without mentioning Blondie, too. There, I just did! I particularly like the spoken word emphasis backing up the chorus parts on Party Scene.

Both tracks are over in a flash, just as you’re attempting to get bedded down into them.

Fresh, cool and intriguing, I’d be interested to see what Tough On Fridays can do if they only gave themselves a longer run-time on a track…

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Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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