Live Concert Photography: Doug Tuttle with Herbcraft and Worthless
February 25, 2016
Perhaps best known for this time spent in New England-based psych rock band MMOSS, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Doug Tuttle has developed a reputation as a solo artist of note with the release of his solo debut, an effort that was released to critical praise for material that possessed a jittery, love-lorn anxiety paired with Tuttle’s dexterous guitar work and his carefully crafted psychedelic-tinged pop. The New Hampshire-born and based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter’s sophomore effort It Calls On Me was released the other day — and from the release of the album’s first and album title track “It Calls On Me,” the album will further cement his reputation for crafting carefully crafted psych pop while revealing a subtle yet marked change in sonic direction; in fact, based on the album’s lead single and catching Tuttle with his backing band the other night at Rough Trade, the material also possesses a dreamy and ethereal feel paired with Tuttle’s dexterous guitar licks. Generally speaking, the material sounds as though it could have been released sometime between 1963 and 1972, and in some way it possesses the same sunny and breezy optimism of the period.
Opening the night was the impressive Maine-based psych rock trio Herbcraft, who specialized in blazing, expansive and free-flowing psych rock jams comprised of Jimi Hendrix and Nick McCabe pedal work-leaning guitar work paired with an incredibly tight rhythm section. Following the Maine-based trio was the Brooklyn-based act Worthless, who specialized in a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd meets Sun Ra Arkestra psychedelia — but a joyless, cacophonous noise that seemed to largely lack musical qualities.
Check out some pics from the show below.