6 Songs, 11 Minutes


About Tough Age

Fusing elements of surf, garage rock, punk, and a dash of indie pop, Vancouver's Tough Age describe their music as "culmination rock," with four veterans of the Canadian underground rock scene pooling their ideas, influences, and experience for the project. Tough Age were formed in 2012 by vocalist and songwriter Jarrett K. (aka Jarrett Samson), who previously worked with the bands Apollo Ghosts and Role Mach. When his surf-influenced group Korean Gut abruptly broke up, Jarrett recruited drummer Chris Martell, who had been a member of Sightlines and Collapsing Opposites as well as working with Jarrett before, to start a new group. With Penny "Agamemnon" Clark on guitar and backing vocals and Lauren Smith on bass, Tough Age were born, and their tough but hooky sound and Jarrett's nervy but thoughtful lyrics quickly earned them a reputation on the Canadian underground scene. The respected indie label Mint Records signed the band, whose self-titled debut album, produced by Jay Arner, was released in November 2013. In April 2015, Tough Age unveiled a special release for Record Store Day, in which they covered all six songs from Hot Dog Day, a 1993 EP from Canadian indie pop band Cub. In 2015 Tough Age also booked time at Little Red Sounds Studio in Vancouver where, with the help of producer Felix Fung, they recorded their second album, I Get the Feeling Central, released by Mint on June 23, 2015. Over the next two years, Tough Age underwent a transformation as Samson and Clark relocated across the country to Toronto and re-formed as a trio with drummer Jesse Locke. Focusing on Flying Nun-inspired indie pop, this lineup recorded the band's third LP, Shame, which Mint released in October 2017. ~ Mark Deming

Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana