On May 17th, straight out of Wisconsin, Reggae/Rock group T.U.G.G. released their 5th studio album in 4 years with the drop of Mazes. The album was produced by singer/guitarist, Ted Bowne of Passafire & this week, we have the song “Layers”, off that album, available for FREE download…
You can download T.U.G.G.’s “Layers” on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This download will only be available until Saturday, May 25th, 2013.
“Layers” is the second song off T.U.G.G.’s latest 14 track album Mazes. From Wisconsin, T.U.G.G.’s singer Andy Hughes explains how the Midwest inspires his writing with the new song “Layers”:
“Layers is the first single from (the album) ‘Mazes’. Being from Wisconsin, the winters can obviously get long, and this year was no exception. We thought this was a perfect release because the song has a good spring/summer vibe to it and makes the connection to life and love with the changing of the seasons.”
T.U.G.G. brought in singer/guitarist, Ted Bowne of Passafire, into their Natural Recording Co. studio in La Crosse, WI over a period of two-weeks this past November and December to Produce, Engineer, and Mix the record.
Here’s what Ted Bowne had to say in regards to his involvement with the production of Mazes:
“I got to experience life in LaCrosse, WI for 2 weeks and really got to know the band as we bonded over many musical interests…The songs on this album were all very well structured before we started this session, so it was easy to track, which left a lot of time to play around with extra stuff like, layered percussion on ‘Lies’ and the programmed drum beat on ‘Dark Days.’ The band members are all talented musicians and it was a pleasure to collaborate with them. We had a lot of fun doing this album and I can’t wait for the world to hear what came out of it! Cheers to T.U.G.G.!”
In addition to Ted Bowne of Passafire producing the album, drummer Nick Kubley of Passafire had his hand in the release as he designed the cover-art for Mazes!
You can pick up T.U.G.G.’s latest album Mazes on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Reggae-Rock foursome T.U.G.G. hails from one of the most unlikely places you’d expect to hear island-infused reggae—namely the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is best known for Pabst Blue Ribbon, cheese, Harley Davidson, snow and even the notorious, Jeffrey Dahmer. Over the last handful of years T.U.G.G. has staked their claim in the “Bagger State” and the Midwest music scene—having toured with the Dirty Heads and the legendary Wailers, as well as shared the stage with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Rusted Root and Karl Denson. Since 2009, T.U.G.G has released four albums, including 2012’s Home Brew, which spent three weeks on the Hot 100 iTunes Reggae Album Chart, peaking at #2.
In the wake of their new album, the group has a string of shows coming up at the end of May, going into June, through the Midwest. It’ll be your opportunity to pick up a physical copy of the new album Mazes, as well as hear brand new songs off the release! Check the dates below…
Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 30th @ Whiskey Junction. Minneapolis, MN
May 31st @ Majestic Theater Madison, WI
June 1st @ Lorado’s Mason City, IA
June 7th @June 15th @ Riverfront Park. Mankato, MN
July 3rd @ Chicago Harbor. Chicago, IL
T.U.G.G. – Mazes Album Review
Huge thanks again to T.U.G.G. for allowing us to share the song, “Layers”, to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
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