The Fuzzy Pubes – The Echo Park Fizzle

5/10

After spending some time wrecking hell in Los Angeles, The Fuzzy Pubes are back in hometown Montreal, QC to share with us their first three songs EP The Echo Park Fizzle. Although it is sad to see that the bands seem to have lost a key member since their return to the now sunny Montreal, the band is relatively new on the scene and shouldn’t have too much trouble finding new members and hopefully, get back on the road. But for now, we are here to see if their fuzz-infused punk is up to par.

The first song, “Okanagan,” keeps to the punk template and plays the same riff and chord for the duration of the song. This is something I never understood, probably because I like my music to have variety in it. But even with that said, the song has a good intensity and kept my attention. The length of the song, similarly to the second track “L’homme sous-marin,” makes it that repetition feels bearable. A five-minute track of the same riff might have been too much. This second track has more of a unique twist, with a well-placed short solo by Benjamin Arcand. I wish there would have been more like it, or even a full solo.

Vocals alternate between English and French, which is something found in a lot of Montreal bands or artists. Geneviève Paré sings lead with Arcand in many of the songs, all the while playing bass. I’m not a huge fan of the voice effects, making it hard to discern words and it takes the focus away from the music too much. There were even parts when I was trying to figure out if I was listening to English or French. “I Wanna Bang On Your Drum,” last track on this EP, starts with a soft guitar intro and then falls into a riff all too similar to the other two before it. The song alternates between its soft intro and the more punkish bits, keeping things interesting at the chorus. To be honest, it is an entertaining song, but nothing more.

The Fuzzy Pubes put out something short and something I’m sure they enjoyed making. If that is the case, then all the power to them in their future plans. Although from my point of view, it fell short on a few things, this is only a three-song EP. There is a lot of room for new songs and more experimentation. Here’s to The Fuzzy Pubes and their future songs!

Written by Johnathan Robinson
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

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Some say he came from the land of ice and snow, while others believe that he was taken directly from the void and placed into the warm hands of the devil himself. To the general public, he blends into the crowd of rock n roll, with his long hair and beard, acting the part, but planning something sinister. His favourite habitats are that of concerts, where noise is abundant. A musician himself, he has somewhat forgotten about his sinister plans and instead turned to the art of musicianship. Along his journeys, he came across clan Bucketlist, who generously took him in, offering him shelter and aid. His plans of eternal doom seem far off now, as he writes, plays music and enjoys the occasional pint of ale with his allies. He'll probably remember the doom stuff one day... or not. To be honest, he's a pretty cool guy. Or so he thinks.

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