There aren’t many musicians in the Boston area who have been making music that I can get behind for as long as DOUG TUTTLE. The NH native was playing in what would become, at the time, Boston’s best and most loved underground band THE MULES when I met him 10 years ago. That band had the kids in rapture with their particular art-punk sound. SPF-ALOT was another off kilter post-punk band of his that I loved in the days following the demise of THE MULES. Sometime after that the man’s trajectory veered toward a love of his, the psychedelic sound. MMOSS was born and several recordings emerged over the years, a reputation for wonderfully crafted psychedelia and badass guitar steez growing with each release.
Now that band is also dead, but from the ashes appears DOUG TUTTLE. Using simply his own name, and based in Boston, he’s coming back at the world with a self titled record to be released by TROUBLE IN MIND (which is pretty much where it’s at concerning the neo-psych dimension), the label that also released the last MMOSS record. “Turn This Love” is from the new record (which sees daylight in January) and it is a mellow bobber of jangling guitars, organ, and easy vocals that swirl magnificently. DT also let’s loose with a 4 minute killer guitar solo on this one that could only be the envy of psychedelic minded guitars players everywhere.
Our very own HASSLE FEST 5 saw the live premier of Tuttle’s new songs and a new band to play them (featuring members of DA BURDZ, CREATUROS, and yes, even MMOSS). More notoriety appears to be coming with this release, and this guy couldn’t be more deserving. Let this one in to scratch your itch until you can grab the whole album.