TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS have been added to this summer’s “The Stadium Tour”, featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.
After cutting his teeth — among many other things — for nine years as the front-man for the Atlanta rock band BITERS, Tuk‘s solo debut sees him further expanding the reaches of his musical vision into an album that unifies multiple musical styles. Tuk‘s debut album, “Lookin’ For Love, Ready For War”, showcases the versatility of his songwriting. From instantly infectious anthems to intricately arranged rockers and Americana-tinged ballads the album favors dedication over debauchery. In many ways, it’s a musical homecoming for Smith that shows that though he’s covered with battle scars from perfecting his craft, he’s come out on the other side with an amazing collection of songs.
Legendary producer Rob Cavallo (GREEN DAY, ERIC CLAPTON, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE) states: “People that really like honest-to-god rock and roll — this is the kind of stuff they’ll love. If you are a Tom Petty fan or a Bruce Springsteen fan, if you like really great old-fashioned American rock and roll, then I believe you’ll like Tuk‘s music, because it’s cut from that same cloth. It’s original and it is its own thing, I think he’s the real deal.”
“What Kinda Love” is an instantly infectious anthem that unifies Tuk‘s love of rock, punk and glam into a unique amalgam of what’s missing from today’s musical landscape. “What Kinda Love” has Joan–Jett-meets-John Mellencamp grandeur and is part of a collection of songs that are a testament to the fact that you don’t need to follow trends in order to create art that fosters a connection with your audience.
Tuk produced and wrote the video, of which he explains: “I think when people first hear the song, they might not get its meaning right away. I wanted to create a narrative in the video that helped complement the lyrics. Having full creative vision as an artist is as rewarding as it is daunting. If something doesn’t pan out right, there is no one to blame but yourself, but it’s the best feeling when your vision becomes reality. I had so many close friends and family act, be extras, and work on videos with me. I’m so lucky to have such a pool of talent and characters to pull from.”