Photos From King Tuff and Natural Child’s Barn Burner at City Tavern Last Night.
Did you guys hear about the fire at the King Tuff show last night?
Oh, good. That was pretty crazy.
Turns out, though, it wasn’t as crazy as King Tuff’s headlining set ended up being.
King Tuff took the stage late, sure, but at least the air conditioning was functioning fully by that time. Oh, and there was no more fire risk.
Humored and unfazed, Kyle Thomas (also the frontman of the criminally underrated Happy Birthday) and his band dove right into their set at around 11:30. And the crowd went nuts.
Surprisingly, despite the fire scare, the room was still packed by this time. And then King Tuff figuratively set the place on fire. They joyfully played their version of garage rock — lots of distortion, booze, and plenty of dirty punk aesthetic — and pulled their set straight from their well-received, self-titled, May-released debut.
A full-on mosh pit formed. There was crowd surfing. It was a huge party, basically.
Local act Spookeasy opened things up well, joined on stage for two songs by a horn section which really livened up the set.
Tennesee natives Natural Child played the middle slot and didn’t even seem to care that their set was interrupted by the whole fire thing. At one point, before bluesy, lo-fi, stoner rock cover of the Stones song “Tumbling Dice,” they threatened to quit the show if people didn’t start dancing. So people danced. Then they debuted some new material — songs that should be showing up on their new LP due out in September this year, which the band will surely be promoting when they visit Denton’s Rubber Gloves on August 31.
When the show finally wrapped, everyone filed out having experienced a pretty crazy night.
It’s kind of something when the bands in town out-do a fire on the roof of a building.