Were it possible for a record to push itself off its belly and walk the earth, TUFF LOVE would be roaming alleys and dirt lots of Chicago on legs gilded in heartbreak. This is no chamber music album. TUFF LOVE is the undeniably infectious second full-length release from Royce.
Ruthless rhythm and backyard beats weave between intuitive, heart tugging ballads. Subtle, alluring vocals sit atop warm, glowing bass and percussive tremors signature to Royce’s rumble and snap sound.
Once again, the bands’ own DJ WhiteLightning has produced and engineered a record that slips from track to track like a slab of butter on a hot griddle. Also, in the company of Galapagos4 staples Qwel, Meaty Ogre, Offwhyte, Mestizo and Robust, TUFF LOVE seamlessly shape shifts with every listen, revealing an arsenal of Chicago flavor.
Continued success of their first release, "Subtleties of the Game" in addition to tours with Galapagos4 in Europe and the U.S., Royce has harvested fresh fuel for their sound. The quartet returned to the studio producing a record that captures the heart of growing up in the Windy City and reflects the bittersweet human experience at large. Amidst this alchemy of sound called TUFF LOVE, Royce continues to carve out its niche in popular music.
released July 7, 2007
Royce is Jamie Clemmons, Conor Klaus, Ross Wall, Justus Roe, & DJWL.
All songs performed by Royce. All lyrics written by Jamie Clemmons & Royce except:
Trace 2 produced by DJWL, co-written by Offwhyte & Mestizo, Track 5 produced & co-written by Robust, Track 7 produced by Dreas & DJWL, Track 11 co-produced by John Jeffery, & Track 12 produced by Meaty Ogre & Royce, co-written by Meaty Oger & Qwel.
Recorded at Gentriphied Studio & the G4 Island Resort.
Engineered by Justus Roe & Royce.
Mixed by Griffen Rodriguez & Justus Roe.
Mastered by Collin Olan & Justus Roe.
Art direction & Design by Joshua Grotto.