FuzzFace"ONE OF THE BEST LIVE BANDS I HAVE EVER SEEN"
"FUZZFACE HAVE A FEARSOME REPUTATION"
What's On In London
"A BIT SPECIAL"
"JAUNTY POP MELODIES, CLIPPED GUITAR WORK AND FUNKY ORGAN GROOVES...FUZZFACE FLOW WITH A WIRY SENSE OF ELECTRICITY AND EXCITEMENT"
UK Music Search
"MARVELLOUS, QUITE FRANKLY"
Immediate, boisterous and earthy, FuzzFace's mix of R 'n' B, northern soul, blues, gospel and country with quirky English charm is unique and irresistible. Having cut their teeth in smoky clubs and rough pubs, FuzzFace have earned a fearsome reputation for their heavily-improvised live shows.
FuzzFace formed at the end of 2001 and quickly finished its colourful, exciting and passionate Sound About You demo. Record Collector Magazine endorsed the disc as Marvellous, quite frankly! and the group went on to play a number of prestigious venues from the Garage, Hope & Anchor, Monarch and Dublin Castle in London to the Oriel Festival of New Music in Oxford. FuzzFace's impressive rise was halted abruptly in 2002 when Adrian severed his finger in an industrial accident. Despite a negative prognosis from doctors, Adrian made a miraculous recovery - the nerves and tendons in his finger healed, and after a lot of hard work with physiotherapists he was back playing within a year. Adrian's astounding recovery focused FuzzFace on the task in hand and the band set about preparing the Josephine EP, which was released in April 2004. Further developing the ideas of Sound About You, Josephine was immediate, earthy and raucous. Holly Hernandez described the EP it as sounding like a very English version of the Strokes, which I suspect will guarantee their absolute adoration.
FuzzFace spent the summer and autumn of 2004 relentlessly gigging on the back of the Jospehine EP, playing to over 15,000 people. The winter of 2004 and spring of 2005 saw the lads returning to the studio to record their debut album, Are We Nearly There Yet? Combining the quirky English charm of The Kinks, The Jam and Blur with the unpredictable and incendiary performances of The Stooges and Thee Hypnotics, Are We Nearly There Yet?s sound is melodic, funky and earthy. Guitarist and front man Adrian Johnson has a supremely soulful voice described by Play Music Magazine as "sounding like Steve Marriott, Paul Weller and Damon Albarn all at the same time". While the tight, funky, driving rhythm section of drummer Mark Turnbull and bassist Toby Bull have provided FuzzFace with an irresistible sound. The 11-track LP captures the astonishing depth of the bands song writing talents, and the fire and skill of the bands performances. Are We Nearly There Yet? was launched to a 400 capacity sell out crowd at the Colchester Arts Centre on 7 April 2005.
On the strength of Are We Nearly There Yet?, Bruizer Productions chose FuzzFace for a £30k music video. The foursome terrorised the good people of Felixstowe by rampaging across the faded Suffolk seaside spa town over two weekends. The video is suitably ridiculous - interspersing energetic live footage recorded on Felixstowe beach with the quirky encounters of a girl lost in the town. Band members Adrian, Mark and Toby populated the town with characters taken from Are We Nearly There Yet? Bystanders witnessed peeping toms, vicars on slot machines, aggressive punks, whisky-swigging tramps and a gaggle of chavs headed by Adrian playing Chav Mum - ably assisted by beer bottle top nipples and the make-up girls bra.
Blur, supergrass, The Kinks, The small Faces, The who, MC5, Bowie, The Strokes, Kings Of Leon, Stevie Winwood (traffic, Spencer Davis Group),