Well here’s something you don’t come across often, a Portuguese Southern rock band, and if I’m honest I wondered if I should approach it with a long stick and a dustbin lid if I’m honest. I had to do a double take when I started listening, there is nothing about this band that would in any way let you know they are Portuguese, I’ll admit this is prejudice on my part, in my head I was expecting Eurovison style rock, and this DEFINITELY isn’t that.
From Lisbon, The Fuzz Drivers are not a young band, you can tell that by the influences, if you like your rock 60, 70’s and Southern then you’ll like this….a lot. Duarte Carvalho’s pounding drums bring on the ‘The Discordia Song’. It reminds me strongly of Tracer. The second thing that hit me, after the surprise, was the quality of the production. Apparently produced by the band, this is a quality production for a debut album.
Sérgio ‘Mad Mag’ certainly recognises a good riff and when he hears it in his head, and fattened out with João Lopes bass lines ‘Shine’ is another potential single. I love ‘Eats Me Up’, I can’t begin to tell you how much; it’s the best song on the album to my mind, unconventional timing, the hookiest vocal line you ever heard and a monumental chorus. Play it loud, it will blow your freaking mind!
The intro to ‘Carved Time’ is very reminiscent of the Beatles and has a Bad Company hook hiding in there too, Marcelo has the searing rock voice that belts out the speakers and sandpapers your ear drums. The opening of ‘Mama Told You’ reminds me of the pop rock songs of the 70’s but it’s straight ahead southern rock, no messing, you’ll be downing Desperado’s and head-banging by the end I promise.
‘Into The Sun’ has the laid back bluesy piano, bluesy guitar feel of some of the early 70’s bands as they drifted into prog rock. You may need to borrow a teenager’s bedroom and crack out the joss sticks etc for this one. A Tracer and Slash mash up would probably sound a lot like ‘The Poet and the Thief’ and ’Until it Bleeds‘ is a another powerful rock song with Marcelo putting in a Klaus Meine type vocal to it.
Finishing up with ‘White Lies’, this is one of those songs I’d put on my ‘Driving’ playlist, I want listen to it with a full tank, and an open road in front of me so I can floor it. I have to say, I liked this album on first play and it’s grown on me more and more. Each time I listen to it I hear something new, The Fuzz Drivers roots show that’s for sure, but that doesn’t detract from the fact this is a very fine album indeed.
The album is FREE to download from their website: http://thefuzzdrivers.com/download-the-fuzz-drivers-debut-album/