We first discovered Tugboat Captain last year at Peggy Sue’s in Leigh-on-Sea when they were on tour with Southend favourites Rooskin. They brought a whole new meaning to the word fun and their performance was one of a kind. The London based indie band are back with ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’, their brand new single.

Tugboat Captain are a DIY band at heart and have an incredible way of writing – their latest is no exception. ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’ is written around a conversation between frontman Alexander Sokolow and his mother. The track expresses trying to be the best person you can be for somebody else whilst struggling with the fact that the task in hand is always practically impossible. It’s a very real subject that anyone can relate to and it’s been put into a flowing indie-pop track that will stick in your mind.

The constantly rearranging band members always create something different but retain an underlying sound that never strays too far from what they are trying to do. ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’ is extremely catchy and has been going down a storm with audiences across the country for the past 12 months. It’s a dramatic indie track with an important message that is still full of fun.

As well as all sharing a house in South London, writing and releasing music, Tugboat Captain also tour relentlessly. The band hit the road once again later this month and will play shows all over the UK.

Listen to ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’ and check out their tour dates below. Be sure to follow the band online here.


28th Leeds Hyde Park Book Club

29th Manchester 78 Sackville St

30th Staithes The Captain Cook

31st Sunderland Pop Records

31st Newcastle Little Buildings


1st York The Crescent

2nd Glasgow The Glad Café

3rd Liverpool Jacaranda

5th Sheffield Peddlers

6th Bristol Hy Brasil

7th Plymouth The Junction

8th Falmouth The Killigrew

9th Truro Prime

10th Brighton Green Door Store

11th Bournemouth 60 Million Postcards

12th Ipswich The Smokehouse

13th London The Victoria

19th Cardiff Wales Goes Pop

20th Nunfest Nunhead