Friday, February 9, 2018

Nihilist New Wavers TUFF TURF Return from The Shadows of Atlantic City with "HEAVEN, RIGHT NOW" Video (AMERICAN SCREAM RECORDS)


JE DOUBLE F (Jeff Richie) is a self-described "Punk-Rap" emcee and producer hailing from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Richie has previously crafted demonic-sounding beats for fellow East Coaster Stillborn Identity AKA Cody Cody Jones, released a split 7-inch with Sleep Beggar, and runs his own music, film, and book imprint called AMERICAN SCREAM RECORDS. Last year, Jeff put together one of the earliest Beat-maker Bedrock columns for The Witzard, which showcased Gravediggaz's RZArector-produced 6 Feet Deep, Glenn Danzig-fronted Samhain's Final Descent, and Nine Inch Nails' critically-acclaimed 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine. JE DOUBLE F's latest solo release, HUMAN RITES, was issued on AMERICAN SCREAM in June 2017 and was fittingly, first described to me as something along the lines of "Danzig [meets] MF DOOM." When Jeff Richie's not composing his own unique brand of Punk-Rap head-bangers, he's busy fronting a "Nihilist New Wave" revival act dubbed TUFF TURF. Since first forming in 2013, TUFF TURF have self-released two full-length albums, one EP, and a characteristically "New Wave" cassingle/sunglasses combo pack on AMERICAN SCREAM RECORDS. TUFF TURF readily list their greatest sources of inspiration and influence as The Cure, Oingo Boingo, The Cars, Joy Division, Bruce Springsteen, and of course, Danzig & Samhain.


Last year, Jeff Richie and mysterious TUFF TURF members JH & CM quietly released their latest 2-track "BODY HEAT" Cassingle backed with melodically brooding B-side "HEAVEN, RIGHT NOW." BODY HEAT is currently available in a number of unique formats including pro-dubbed cassette + full-color sticker + custom-printed sunglasses combo pack, digital download, or standard cassingle. Upon its Sept. 1, 2017 release, TUFF TURF's "BODY HEAT" Cassingle was accompanied by a "Love Will Tear Us Apart"-evoking music video for its A-side. Now, at the top of 2018, Jeff Richie & TUFF TURF have re-emerged from the shadows of the Atlantic City Boardwalk to release a similarly-minded music video for B-side, "HEAVEN, RIGHT NOW." "Atlantic City Nihilist New Wavers TUFF TURF release video for "HEAVEN, RIGHT NOW," B-side to the late 2017 "BODY HEAT" Cassingle. "HEAVEN, RIGHT NOW" is a New Wave dreamer's nightmare with it's delayed guitars, classic Roland Juno synth bass, and a frighteningly direct message: no one knows somebody who has been strong enough for long enough to ever get to Heaven," reads a recent TUFF TURF press statement. BODY HEAT is currently available to stream or purchase in a number of limited edition packages from TUFF TURF's Bandcamp, via JE DOUBLE F's New Jersey-based AMERICAN SCREAM RECORDS.

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