Ty Segall, Osees, Wand, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Black Angels
Fuzz is Ty Segall (drums/vocals), Charlie Moothart (guitar/vocals), and Chad Ubovich (bass). They are heavy-rock lifers and three California-bred dudes who have been refining their riffs and getting weird together since high school (which wasn't that long ago, actually).
Fuzz was formed in/around 2011 as a collaboration between Segall and Moothart, but its only within the last year that the pair had sufficient time to guide the band out of side-project limbo and into a recording studio. Since then, they have released two singles, "This Time I Got a Reason" (Trouble In Mind) and "Sleigh Ride" (In the Red). Around the time of the second single, Cosio joined on bass.
They are not dabblers or dilettantes. Fuzz have flipped through used bins, hard drives, and record collections of the world, seeking out the finest weirdo cuts. The band is self-titled debut LP, which was recorded by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence), dives deep, drawing inspiration from the more esoteric reaches of heavy metal pre-history. There are Sabbath and Hendrix nods, obviously, but on "Sleigh Ride" you might also catch a whiff of UK progressive blues business like The Groundhogs, particularly when the song quits its 10/4-time intro and reboots into full bore choogle. Maybe you will even glimpse the ghost of Australian guitar-legend/sharpie guru Lobby Lloyde sniffing around "Raise."
The mood is not light. The songs project a state of perpetual paranoia and eroding mental health. And as it should be, you know? It's a record for the burners.
Over the next few years, the members stayed busy with other pursuits -- Ty with numerous solo albums, Moothart with his band Meatbodies -- and when they got back together to make more music it was with new bassist Chad Ubovich, also of Meatbodies. The trio recorded 2020's III with Steve Albini, whose legendary skills as an engineer captured the sound of the band playing live with minimal overdubs. The result is their heaviest, most Black Sabbath-sounding record to date. It was issued in October by In the Red Recordings.
For those unfamiliar with Hoover III, the vibe is that of a driving, psychedelic space rock band, with enough shred-laden, dual-guitar work to impress the heads and more hooks than a Peter Pan (pirate?) convention.
This batch of songs blends sweetness and crunch better than your favourite breakfast cereal and the effect lasts longer too. One listen and you’ll have these melodic riffs and caloric choruses buried in your mind grapes so deep you’ll need to have them surgically extracted. If you enjoyed the songs Bert wrote for Mind Meld, you won’t be disappointed by the penmanship Hoover has brought to the table here and there’s even more sonic layers to sink your canines into.
It’s not surprising that this version of the band has stuck longer than any other and they’ve already shared stages with Oh Sees, Kikagaku Moyo, Fuzz, ORB, Acid Mothers Temple, & more. Soon enough, you’ll be seeing them at the top of the bill, blowing the minds of everyone within earshot.