Tough Lovers exercise guitar-propelled alt-pop on Good Morning
Good Morning (Independent)
The world is by and large a miserable and shitty place, and sometimes the last thing you need is a band of nihilistic misanthropes reminding you of that. That’s where the likes of Weezer and Nada Surf come in handy. Or, closer to home, Tough Lovers.
An iron-clad grasp of the importance of harmonies and hooks aside, it’s the little things that stand out here. Like the way that the bright, bouncy, and charmingly winsome “Started With a Spark” is interrupted mid-song by a feedback-laden, distortion-soaked solo. Or how the cascading “Inside My Head” gets doused in a mix of country-noir guitar and desert-mirage organ. Hell, Tough Lovers even manage to make a track with the title “Graveyards” sound more or less upbeat. As opposed to, you know, a headache-inducing blast of sonic wretchedness by some band with a moniker like Doomed and Disgusting.