Forming at the University of South Wales in Cardiff Clwb Fuzz are a promising quartet, who released an excellent debut single entitled ‘Samurai’ earlier this year. It recently won our Tracks of the Week Poll on Twitter.
Chunky, scorched and bar chord laden, ‘Samurai‘ shows an artfulness of melody and melodic edge. These youngsters eschew the obvious influences, with the initially brooding then hollered boy/girl vocals from Joe and Emily, sea-sawing between the shivering percussion and cavernous sound. They throw in several hundred extra fuzz pedal riffs in for good measure in the caustic outro. With hints of Pixies and Sonic Youth. They’ve just released a second single entitled ‘High‘ a loud Sabbath influenced blast that confirms that Clwb Fuzz are very promising indeed. We caught up with the group in order to get to know them a little better.
Hi, how are you today?
Great thanks! Thank you for checking out our track
How did you meet?
Joe says: me and Emily met in college then we met Hayden and Gruff on our course at university.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
It was a song called ‘Death Trip‘.
What was it like?
It was fast and punky, Gruff refuses to play it anymore because it’s too fast but we sometimes play it if we are asked to play a longer set.
How do your songs start out? With two vocalists, how do you choose who sings which part?
It usually just comes naturally, we kind of know when a song leans towards Joe or Emily a bit more.
What was the first thing you released?
‘Samurai‘ was our first debut single, it was released May this year.
What’s the music scene like back home?
We really love Cardiff’s music scene, it has many exciting bands, Perfect Body, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and Kikker to name a few. We’ve found it very welcoming, everyone is very kind and enthusiastic.
How would you describe your music in five words?
Very very very bloody loud !
Which artists do you admire?
It’s hard to name just a few, but we would collectively say Smashing Pumpkins, The Smiths, Alice in Chains, The Stooges and The Sugarcubes.
What would be your dream collaboration?
We’d form a Supergroup with Kate Bush and J Mascis from Dinosaur JR.
You play Swn festival next week are you looking forward to it? Who would you like to see?
Yes! We play on the Saturday at 6pm at Ten Feet Tall. We are honoured to be playing. We’ll be seeing Gruff Rhys, Just Mustard, Twin Peaks, Telgate, Black Country New Road and loads more, excited doesn’t begin to cover it.
Can you tell us about your new release?
We recorded it over summer with Tom Rees at Rat Trap studios, it takes influence from Black Sabbath, Ty Segall and is one of our heavier songs. We hope you guys like it.
What’s the best band you have played with so far?
Our recent gig with Swansea based band Bandicoot was amazing, their performances are always spot on. We also played a Bristol show with a South African based band called Medicine Boy who were just delightful.
Do you have any dates this Autumn/winter?!
We are playing Le Pub (Newport) on the 9th of November with Mother Vulture and Tyrannosaw, more will be announced soon so keep an eye out.