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Tutts Keen To Step It Up A Notch After Album Release

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By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Wellington, Oct 9 NZPA - Auckland five-piece the Tutts are looking to fine-tune their live set following the release of their debut album, Get in the Club, this month.

The dance-rock band initially gained a following by playing at parties and bars, but got an indication of their own potential when their acclaimed first single, K, was released.

While the live set has become second nature to the band since forming a couple of years ago, co-founder Scott Allen, who sings and plays synthesizer, said the songs needed to be tightened up for the recording studio, and it was a process that took time.

"It's the first album and you're kind of feeling your way," Allen told NZPA.

He said it was pleasing to have producer Nick Roughan (Shihad, Headless Chickens and Dimmer) on board in the studio, but it was a challenge to round the existing songs off.

"We found we would write songs and they would be 80 percent of the way there -- and you can gig on that.

"But when it comes to putting it down and listening back you realise there's about 20 percent of each song left to do -- which is actually the hardest.

"It involves settling on melodies and guitar riffs and things like that, so I guess that's what took a fair while."

Although the Tutts have made three music videos, they skipped what many bands do in releasing a shorter EP first up.

Allen said rather than get a few tracks together and start gigging and maybe do the EP, the Tutts found they had about 15 serious songs and developed them all together.

"So the end result of that was we couldn't really do an EP with five or six songs.

"It was an album of songs growing together and it was only at the point where they were all finished that we could actually put stuff down -- apart from the songs we had recorded."

On Get in the Club, synthesizers blend in with the traditional guitars, bass and drums to give the dance-rock crossover that Allen said him and co-founder Mat Robertson were looking for when they started out.

"It (the album) runs the gamut from a K kind of poppy, dancey and drinky, party song to a more darker, dancey feel," he said.

He said the keyboard aspect of it harked back to the British pop scene of the 1980s, but the influences went beyond that.

"I don't think you would peg us as sounding like any particular band, and that really appeals to us -- having a sound that you just know is us."

When starting out playing at parties the Tutts put in extra effort to enhance shows by hiring lights, including strobes and a smoke machine, and Allen said the band would work on stepping that experience up a notch now that the songs had been honed.

"We just want to take the album and try and reproduce it really well -- make it a nice light show and just a nice show."

The Tutts get a chance to do that during a five-date New Zealand tour starting this month and beyond that have hopes of a spot a the South x Southwest music festival in Texas next year.

* Get in the Club is out on October 20.

* Tour: Christchurch, Oct 17, Canterbury University; Auckland, Oct 31, Zen Bar; Napier, Nov 7, Cabana; Wellington, Nov 8, Mighty Mighty; Hamilton, Nov 15, Flow.

* For pics contact Reuben at Isaac Promotions 021367894, 09 3600270,

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