Tuk Smith is a legend around these parts, having first come to our attenting with his previous band Biters and more recently, his return with new music as Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts.
With the industry in flux, artists are flocking to social media to create the new “live” experience for fans hungry for new music. Tuk has accepted the challenge of creating material for rock lovers with his bi-weekly live-streams, performing originals & covers for his fans. “The guy has a glorious sound that straddles the line between glitter stomp and punk poet,” says LA Weekly in their endorsement of his streamed performances.
Covers from the Quarantine EP was born out of those events. It’s a collection of some of his favourite tracks, recorded in his attic studio. He serves up stripped down renditions of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”, INXS’s “Don’t Change” Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” and more.
Tuk had this to say about the release via his Facebook page: “I don’t feel it’s the appropriate time to promote myself with all the tragedy that’s currently happening in the United States, but I unfortunately can’t change a release plan that was set in motion two months ago. I sincerely hope this brings y’all some sort of happiness and NOT distraction because we still need to continue to focus fighting for what’s right in the midst of the all sadness,anger and uncertainty. So here’s the lowdown..When the COVID-19 quarantine was initiated I decided to record some **Acoustic** cover songs in my attic to give away for free on digital streaming platforms… Just an effort on my part to give ya’ll something to look forward to (which is what we all need right now) and pure rock n roll enjoyment. Go follow my Spotify and other streaming profiles the EP will hit June 12.”
Follow Tuk’s Spotify below and be sure to check out his recent singles Lookin’ For Love, Ready For War and What Kinda Love (videos below) and stay tuned for more news on the release of that album.