With a reputation for high-powered melodies and energetic performances, US-based Tough On Fridays has become a force to be reckoned with. Embracing angst, rage and plain “pissed off-ness”, this talented trio are gaining coverage across the globe from publications like Rearview Mirror, Indie on the Move, Indie Band Guru and A&R Factory (to name but a few). Following their well-received album full-length album A Fantastic Way To Kill Some Time, the trio release the latest single ‘Undone’.
A fusion of grunge, emo and alternative rock, Tough On Fridays is a hard-hitting slap in the face regardless of the song being played. Combining pounding drums and dynamic guitars with Caleigh’s intriguing vocals, the group are distinctive amidst a sea of grunge wannabees. Unlike previous tracks like ‘Party Scene’ and ‘Pleased To Meet You’, ‘Undone’ has a heavier melodic metal influence – think Five Finger Death Punch meets Stone Sour. Yet, while there is a darker quality to ‘Undone’, the overall melody is smooth and flowing.
Despite having a strong 21st-century alternative rock feel, Tough On Fridays drags old-school garage rock into the mix. The bold guitar solos and pounding drums, particularly in the opening chords, have a Nirvana-esque quality. Yes, vocalist Caleigh may have a unique tone and timbre, but the brashness places her amidst the likes of Courtney Love (Hole) and Maureen Herman (Babes In Toyland). Gritty, dark and painfully raw, ‘Undone’ is Tough On Fridays greatest achievement and a sure sign of good things to come.