Ty Segall’s proto-metal trio, Fuzz are back with their second album aptly named, Fuzz II. The band are in a musical time warp, ostensibly existing somewhere between 1968 and 1973, a time when guitars were fuzzy, and everything was real heavy. Their eponymous debut was a cracking homage to the rock sub-genre, Fuzz II sounds like it’s going to be just as good.
9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 21 October 2015
Hey. So, FUZZ return with the aptly titled "II", the follow up to the trios outstanding debut on In The Red. And audacity of it all! Only a bunch of kids as young as Ty Segall, Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich would have the balls to freeze time in 1971 so they can eternally shred Groundhogs riffs with more fuzz tone than old Jimi Hendo himself could muster. Obviously we're all ecstatic that someone still has the nerve to righteously rock out like the last forty years of musical self importance hadn't fatigued the minds and ears of the worlds creative youth. Everyone's so keen to do something clever/important/fresh they're clearly incapable of having as much fun as our fuzz friends here.
It's business as usual on "II". Plenty of fuzz, tons of "Court Of The Crimson King" era drum wigouts, guitars as loud as they'll possibly go and, of course, Ty's unforgettable vocal drawl, but they've taken the time to mix things up a bit too, adding occasional synths and strings to augment the usual riffarama to great effect. The songwriting has also developed in tandem with Segall's solo material which means a step-up in the sophistication of the arrangements, tighter vocal melodies, tidy instrumental moments and, in general, a ton more variation in the songs. This is no bad thing dynamically and will go along way to maintain the shelf life of what is essentially a one (very good) trick pony band, but for my money it's the straight up Black Sabbath clones that win out, "Pipe" and "Pollinate" in particular are fantastically dumb fun. Oh, it's also worth mentioning that this is a bastard long record! I only got to track eleven (writing on the clock innit) but there's a couple of epic fifteen minute jams I'm still yet to hear which will no doubt alter my perception of the album completely. Sadly they'll have to wait for another day.
So yeah, not much point bantering on forever here, you know the deal, Fuzz are better than you're try-hard bullshit pro band with slick shoes and no ideas. Let your hair grow out a bit. Smoke a joint or something. It's really not that bad you think you dull conservative whiner.
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