The Tuts are truly unlike any band in the world right now.

Having declared themselves as royalty in the UK's DIY punk scene, the Uxbridge/Hayes three-piece have their eyes firmly set on world domination upon the release of their forthcoming debut album, Update Your Brain.

We caught up with The Tuts to talk UK politics, race, shady promoters and opening minds with a thirty-minute punk show.

You recently announced your debut record, Update Your Brain. Do you see the record as the best documentation of your sound and politics thus far?

Nadia: I feel like this this album covers all angles; we have a mix of older songs and much newer songs. There's a mix of dynamics, clever use of middle eights and all topics covered: like sexism, friendship, love, political issues with our government, sociopaths and more. Just by us existing as a band is a big enough statement, then for us to write the catchiest bangers about our life experiences is the icing on the cake really.

Harriet: I think so yes. We found two producers who have managed to really capture our energetic sound and personality, which I think is a tough job in a studio environment; finding that halfway point between sounding tight or polished but still full of life. The album covers a lot topics like Nadia mentioned, including the frustration of being young, working class and not represented in the political state (or MESS) of this country.

I can't remember the last Tuts interview I read where you didn't sound totally overwhelmed - but excited - about the idea of bringing out an LP. How do you feel now that it's done?

Beverley: To tell you the truth I wanna do it all over again. Even the bad times, not that there were that many, but all of that lead us up to this moment. It's all been worth it. If I die tomorrow, I die happy knowing that I made an album with my best friends, and some black girl somewhere is like "I wanna pick up an instrument and rock out with my best friends too."

H: You've summed it up perfectly. We are permanently overwhelmed. That's what it's like to be in The Tuts. If I'm honest, we work hard and then get exciting news and results every week. We're obsessed with keeping the ball rolling and feel like we're constantly pumped full of adrenaline. I am thrilled it's done, I enjoy recording but the true satisfaction is having that completed. I'm a bit obsessed with checklists and have a fear of procrastination, so knowing our album is just complete fills me with ease as well as excitement.

N: Ha - yes we're constantly overwhelmed by life in The Tuts and the joy of having this steady rewarding upward progression is great! It will lead to world domination, and then probably come crashing down. I feel like we've achieved a major accomplishment, there's a part of me that feels this record is way overdue but then I have to remind myself that the timing now is perfect. If we had released it earlier, then some songs wouldn't exist on the album and we wouldn't have been able to fund the recording to a high enough standard to give it justice. I know - within myself - that it's one of the best records ever made. I fully believe in this album. If the songs, lyrics and melodies resonate with the world then it'll be even happier, and break out in hot sweaty flushes reading all the positive comments online. I'm always worrying about the future and things that haven't even happened yet. Part of me is already worrying about whether our second album can top this. I feel like there's always a pressure on the second album and that nothing ever beats the classic early tunes, but I want to challenge myself and develop as a writer. And most importantly just carry on making tunes that I like, and not get too jaded by trying to impress and cater to what you think other people will like.

So, the record's a combination of older songs and songs written for the record?

N: The songs on this album were written in a 10 year window. Some songs were written before we had even played a gig. Songs like 'Back Up' was just something Bev and I jammed out in a garage in Hayes. 'Always Hear The Same Shit' was a one line instrumental song until Harriet added some lyrics. There's songs I wrote in my bedroom, like 'I Call You Up', and then newer songs like 'Let Go Of The Past and 'Con Man' [written] when I was going through a shitty time. We already have two EPs out and, although some of the recordings don't do the songs justice, we didn't want to re-record all of them for the album. We selected 'Dump Your Boyfriend' as it only features as a live recording, and 'I Call You Up' because it's one of our biggest hits and the recording wasn't the best. We recorded 'Tut Tut Tut' again because the previous recording never did it justice and it doesn't feature on any of the EPs. All the rest of the songs are unrecorded old songs or new songs.

You're seen as a DIY band, in the way your book tours and such, how important is staying independent in that sense to you as a band?

N: It's important to us because we treat the band like our baby/love/marriage/business. Until we find someone that cares as much as we do - and will put more work in than we do - we'll be keeping it DIY. DIY is important to us because it allows us to have full creative control over what we want to do. We're very good at being in a band and managing the band. We dedicate 100% of our lives to it. We've all quit our day jobs, neglect our love lives and pretty much live and breath The Tuts, it's probably a tiny bit unhealthy.

B: DIY to me is these are the cards I've been dealt and this is what I have to work with. We don't have rich parents, we don't have parents that work in the music industry to give us a leg up, so we have to do things this way. We have to be DIY.

H: It's really important. We've tried working with managers and so on but it makes us feel uneasy and out of the loop, which we just can't deal with. DIY is difficult but satisfying. We're open-minded to working with new people, and love having allies in the music industry and music scenes. We like helping other out, and hope others like doing the same! Community vibes.

Tell me a little about Dovetown - how did that come about, and who does what with the label?

N: Dovetown is a label that Harriet has set up. It wasn't ever really planned, it's just progressively become something. I suppose that, as the popularity of The Tuts rises, so does Dovetown - so it could become something big for Harriet to continue on as her project. She is already working alongside some other bands to release and manage their albums and tours. She's a lucky girl, her parents allowed us to practice around theirs which is why it's called Dovetown, derived from their surname 'Doveton.' I wish my parents knew what the fuck was going on, but I don't think they've even bothered watching the new video.

H: Haha yeah, Dovetown is based off my surname, and what we named the place where I grew up and we now have band practise at, and where a lot of Tuts ideas have evolved over the years; where we've become close friends. It started off as just the sort of umbrella over both of my bands, Colour Me Wednesday and The Tuts, but recently I've been developing it into more than that. We release records under that name, my sister and I record live acoustic sessions for other bands, she makes a lot of incredible music videos, I book tours and we just generally do loads of creative DIY stuff and always have done. Whether it be hand making CD covers, screen printing t-shirts, photoshoots and so on! I also last year started putting on shows in London, and all have been a huge success. I want to expand on it more, Dovetown are currently helping out with the release of Ay Carmela!'s new album as well as The Tuts - Update Your Brain. It's all about community, helping each other out and being creative, in a place where you wouldn't think that exists... Uxbridge/Hayes!

As a DIY band that inevitably rely on selling merch and promoters doing their job properly, do you struggle with balancing touring in multiple bands with having some kind of stability to fund that?

H: I guess this is a question mostly for me. If I'm honest, I don't have much money at all. That can be nerve-wracking, but the way I see it is... the time is NOW! I made a decision to commit to The Tuts, Colour Me Wednesday, Dovetown and putting my all into it and have had a lot of positive reinforcement from my friends and family. I think, because growing up under the influence of my parents, I've always been good with doing things on the cheap or just DIY - when you're working class there's not often a choice. Merch is the main thing, you're right. Luckily, we've got an incredible illustrator in Akbar Ali. So far, being in two bands has barely been a problem in terms of balancing. I make time for both, and both help each other out. Zero competition or clashing, which is what I love.

N: Merch is so important for us to break even and make a bit of profit on top to reinvest in the band. These days, most of your income comes from touring, so being out the road is an essential for bands, plus it's loads of fun. Some promoters are shit, there are dodgy ones out there that force bands to pay to play (avoid these) but most of the time we'll put shows on ourselves or work with decent people. We're quite good at managing our band fund and being realistic about stuff. As long as we ain't in minus figures I'm happy.

It's fairly undeniable that you're a politically active band - How do you feel about the EU referendum and the general state of UK politics at the moment?

B: It's pretty sick what the government has done to this country. Not many people - including myself - know enough about the EU, and the positives and negatives of this outcome to put that decision in our hands. With the like of The Sun newspaper and the Daily Mail hi-jacking the whole thing and making it all about immigration, this whole thing just showed me how powerful the media is. If they want something to go their way it will.

N: The state of UK politics is a fucking mess! I'm getting so sick of it now. The EU referendum was a joke. All these politicians have caused mass destruction, left all the dirty work behind and chipped off into new roles. We have a song called 'Give us Something Worth Voting For' and all my feelings are in that song. Recent politics has caused a lot more artists to vocalise their feelings and use their platforms to reach and influence a wider audience and get more people involved in politics, which is good. It's easy to write a tweet or fancy literate statuses, but whether people are actively trying to make change is another thing. Most don't practice what they preach.

H: The EU referendum was really messed up. Not everyone who voted out is a racist but every racist voted out, and it's given validation to a lot of people who now think Britain should be just "British", it's absolutely disgusting. It's funny how the government permit referendums on things that a lot of the general public don't even understand. It's like they knew they'd benefit from our confusion, and now it's bred even more racist hate and prejudice across the country. Politics in the UK becomes more ridiculous every week. So many politicians are just rich, self-serving and have never worked a day in the real world. They do not care about ordinary people. We need a revolution.

In less general terms, the politics of your band - within your music and social media use - seem to be rooted in race, class and gender. Do you think bands with any kind of platform have a responsibility to speak out about these things?

B: Yes, and I didn't think this way all the time. I did use to think 'well it's up to the individual', but we're at a stage where we need people to speak up. If you look at someone like Beyoncé, who's used her platform to talk politics, it's undeniable that it can work. She's done it in a way that works for her audience.

N: I think the people with white privilege need to step back and appreciate bands like us more. I'm sick of bands in the punk scene pretending to show solidarity when they don't show support and solidarity for female band that have two women of colour. It's a double battle for us! There is a major race and class battle is the music scene, it's dominated by white middle-class people. Some people are intimidated by our authentic working class attitude and background, and choose to boycott us. What they don't understand is by doing this they are going against their own principles and what they preach about and making it worse for us, and society as a whole. We shout loud and proud because we have to, it's our defence mechanism but gets misinterpreted for us being 'gobby'. People feel like we don't need the support because our confidence seems big's bullshit, they're jealous and hating on our success. Enough about them.

How important is it to you that people's enjoyment and experience of The Tuts stems beyond liking your songs on the surface level?

N: I think these days it's not just about the music. It's about personality, breaking down barriers and people feeling like they're part of our journey. Most people love watching the upward rise and seeing the difference in how far we've come. We make video diaries, vlogs on YouTube to give people an insight into our lives, jokes and all the stuff that happens backstage. I want to expand on this more and create a series of videos on YouTube to help people who may want to learn guitar, start a band or build on their confidence. We've become life coaches now.

B: Yeah, it's very important to us that why we make vlogs, and give as much time as we can to our fans.

You tour restlessly, and I guess that half hour set that people see you play as a support act or at a festival will often be their introduction to your music. Politically, what messages or ideas would you like people to take away from your shows?

H: Nadia always calls us a "three-tone" band, which means just us existing is a political statement. Keep your feminism intersectional. Our album title kind of suggests what our politics are about. 'Update your Brain' means 'look outside of your own identity and experiences, be aware that there are plenty of different people in the world and they may not fit into your idea of understanding. Be open-minded and kind.' For example, a lot of gender norms are bullshit, gender identity is far more complicated than we are conditioned to think. It's also important to not stereotype, demonise or alienate the working class, particularly the ones of colour. I know not all that can be taken away from 30 minutes live set, but hopefully afterwards people will buy our album and read what we stand for. We do make sure to give small speeches on stage though!

B: 'Finally, I've found a band on my wavelength. I actually found a band that gives a shit about my day-to-day life by being political', that's what I want people to take away from our shows.

N: I think we have a natural strong branding. I think people take away from the shows that: YES we can play our own instruments, YES we got good tunes, YES we write our own songs, YES we're strong women, YES we're uniting the races and are a 3-tone band. What more could you want?

How do you think being in The Tuts will change after you've released the record?

B: Everyone keeps saying that once you have an album out, shit gets real. We've had two EPs out and it been pretty amazing so far. We've done some pretty cool things off the back of those EPs like the Kate Nash tour, Glastonbury, The Selecter tour, and just recently we got to play with Adam Ant. God only knows what's gonna happen when the album comes out!

N: It will bring us one step closer to world domination.