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Bob Saget is the bear from the Golden Crisp box.

King Tuff

Both labels are super awesome, with super awesome people who want to get stuff done. The biggest difference is that Sub Pop is already established, but working with Burger seems like we’re part of something. They’re growing, and I’m growing with them. They’re my friends, and we’re doing it together.

King Tuff

Brattleboro is a very small town, but it’s pretty liberal.

King Tuff

Every record has been very different, so I can’t really compare them. The first record was good. I originally recorded about half the songs on that one in 2003 or something, and then I went back a few years later and re-recorded them and added some other songs.

King Tuff

I always tell people there’s some kind of wall that you have to break through to see the beauty of L.A. The first few times I came here, I was like, ‘I don’t know about this place.’ Then one day, it just totally flipped for me. It was crazy.

King Tuff

I don’t like science because I don’t think it makes sense to put a definition on everything. It’s a lot more exciting to think of things as mysterious.

King Tuff

I ended up doing these other diverse things, but King Tuff is the thing I always wanted to come back to – just good, straightforward rock n’ roll. That music is the most me, you know?

King Tuff

I find it harder to write the lyrics afterwards because then you’re just trying to fit them into something that’s already there.

King Tuff

I had just made this album called ‘Mind Blow,’ a CD-R release on Spirit of Orr. This was in 2003. Quite a few of the songs from ‘Was Dead’ were actually on that.

King Tuff

I have a 15-passenger van, which is not fun to drive in L.A. ever.

King Tuff

I knew there was something about ‘Sun Medallion,’ in particular, because I just had to record it the second I wrote it.

King Tuff

I like recording by myself wherever I can, just because then I feel like I have ultimate freedom, and I can just control whatever I want to put down. There’s something about going into your own little world.

King Tuff

I listen to top 40, old country, blues… I’m really into Roger Miller.

King Tuff

I love collaborating with people, but I also really love working by myself.

King Tuff

I love dogs. I think dogs are way smarter. Maybe I can be the dog spokesman for the rock world. There are a lot of cat people making rock music.

King Tuff

I love Hanukkah because it’s so weird. You just sit there and light candles and say spells.

King Tuff

I love the sound of ’70s glam records. I love that snare sound. The recordings I like, it’s all based on if the snare sounds good. The drums have to sound great.

King Tuff

I loved living with my parents – that’s probably why I did it for so long. But it was almost too easy to live there. I had to force myself to get out, had to challenge myself. I had to start a new chapter.

King Tuff

I never took any guitar lessons or anything; I never really learned to play covers. I’m actually happy that I never took lessons as a kid. Now, I’d like to take lessons to kind of go deeper. But I think sometimes lessons can steal a person’s personality away, because they’re trying to do things so technically.

King Tuff

I played with the Lust-Cats once in Denver. I’ve seen Happy Jawbone a bunch of times, but I can’t remember if I played those shows or not.

King Tuff

I saw Frances Bean at a Blink 182 show. And she was with a guy who looked just like Kurt Cobain.

King Tuff

I think the first person who kind of broke my mind was probably Jimi Hendrix. Listening to him opened my mind up to where you can take music and how far you can take rock n’ roll.

King Tuff

I think the key to great art and great artists is to just fully be yourself and not be scared of that, and be the extremes of your personality. Show the extremes of your personality and embrace the imperfections. Embrace the things about yourself that you might not like.

King Tuff

I used to play video games all the time, but now I don’t because I don’t have an attention span.

King Tuff

I’m in East L.A., like Mount Washington, Highland Park. There’s a little strip that they’re gentrifying, trying to make a hip spot, but you go there, and it’s just kind of barren. Nobody hangs out anywhere in L.A. There’s no loitering in L.A., so I don’t know what to do with myself.

King Tuff

I’m not a huge practicer, which is probably not a good thing because my band definitely needs to practice.

King Tuff

I’ve got the best parents you could ever ask for. My parents are from New Jersey, and they met in Vermont in college. My Dad grew up listening to heavy, psychedelic music. He’s my biggest fan.

King Tuff

It involved a lot of trust, but I love Bobby Harlow, and I loved the albums that he made.

King Tuff

It’s hard to talk about it without sounding like a hippie. But trees are really inspiring to me. They’re like the masters of the earth.

King Tuff

My best moments are when I write songs out of nowhere.

King Tuff

My dad took me and my brother to see Corrosion of Conformity. All I remember was that there was a dude swinging a chain in the mosh pit, and the bouncers were dragging him out.

King Tuff

My friends always had bands, and we would play together.

King Tuff

My friends ask me what it’s like moving from Vermont to L.A., but no matter where I am, I pretty much just end up sitting in coffee shops, thinking about songs.

King Tuff

Over time, certain people don’t want to go on tour, and that can easily break up a band.

King Tuff

Rock and roll music – people want records. For me, it’s the whole thing – the package. I don’t get satisfaction from buying an MP3.

King Tuff

That’s always my downfall on tour: the food. I just want to eat everything.

King Tuff

The very first music I recorded by myself, when I was 17, I said it was by King Tuff.

King Tuff

Vermont will always be my home in my heart, but I really love L.A.

King Tuff

You do anything long enough, and somebody will end up paying attention to it.

King Tuff

You’ve gotta dive into the abyss if you wanna get anything good. Every record, you’ve gotta go down in the abyss and hope that you come out of it alive.

King Tuff

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