Ruff Majik is a cult.
Feel good apocalyptic music.
Best enjoyed during long drives or speed benders.
Filling the void with pure fuzz, high speed bass, chainsaw riffs and a sludgey groove Swine Tooth Grin is a double shot of pure rock and roll delirium from South Africa’s premiere rock and roll misfits.
Swine Tooth Grin is our fuzzed out take on some classic blues. A distant cousin to the blues. Perhaps a fuzzy uncle the blues doesn’t invite to Christmas dinner… – Johnny Holiday
Swine Tooth Grin is the latest single taken from Ruff Majik’s acclaimed 2020 album The Devils Cattle. Filling the void with pure fuzz, high speed bass, chainsaw riffs and a sludgey groove Swine Tooth Grin is a double shot of pure rock and roll delirium from South Africa’s premiere rock and roll misfits.
«Swine Tooth Grin is our fuzzed out take on some classic blues. A distant cousin to the blues. Perhaps a fuzzy uncle the blues doesn’t invite to Christmas dinner… »- Johnny Holiday
Heavy and fuzzy rock’n’roll five-piece Ruff Majik launch their PULP graphic novel series alongside their new single. Get into Ruff Majik’s crazy and colorful world with their groovy and addictive “Swine Tooth Grin” video right now!
There is no white magic, there is no black magic, there is only Ruff Majik. Pulp Rock fandom, here we come. Ruff Majik has never been a band to do the same thing twice. From trying out different production styles for every release, playing mixtures of genres ranging from soul to black metal, to releasing a season-based EP series (later compiled into a full album), the band has always strived to keep themselves and their fans on their toes. It should come as no surprise then that frontman Johni Holiday has dreamt up yet another mad hatter-type plan for their upcoming release.
After the release of ‘The Devil’s Cattle’ on Mongrel Records in October 2020, the band found themselves at a crossroads. RUFF MAJIK had just increased their membership to a five-piece, the album was well-received critically, and sold well in terms of vinyl, but didn’t reach the lofty heights the band were aspiring to. As fate would have it, the band pressed for their first breakout release just as COVID-19 hit the world.
Says Johni: «It’s a bummer you know. We had just signed to Mongrel Records and had this festival-ready album, with the best production value we’ve ever attempted, big eye-catching music videos, everything. And then the world stopped. I guess you could argue that we had a captive audience, hahaha, but I don’t think that’s completely true.
The world was so oversaturated with an online activity that everything just became engulfed. Too much news to follow, too many amazing artists releasing amazing productions due to their newly found time off. Just too much of everything. Being able to tour would have made a world of difference».
The band needed to make a plan to ensure their future endeavors would generate some heat. So, what then? What is the logical step forward for a small South African band, still hell-bent on world domination, but humbled by a global pandemic? Enter PULP: Ruff Majik’s rebirth, re-brand, and singles campaign. Therefore, Johni (alongside Ale & Cake Illustrations) set forth to create a universe of pulp literature, to go along with their music, old and new».
«The PULP series kicks off today with an online comic tying in the story between their Who Keeps Score and Swine Tooth Grin videos, along with a visualizer for Swine Tooth Grin — the second single to last issued from their album The Devil’s Cattle. It will be followed up on July 30th with another interim comic and an animated music video for Heart Like An Alligator».