The Fuzz - "Noise Destroyers"
(self-released 2003, TF6078)
From Aural Innovations #23 (April 2003)
Second CD from this Lansing, MI group, who apparently are fond of performing live surrounded by their collection of 30 garden gnomes! “Largest Number" starts out with washes of synth and percussion that made me think I was getting a krautrock band, hell it could almost be a Faust track or something! They drop that mid song though, and launch into nice bit o’ indie rock. Over the next 11 tracks we get equal parts catchy pop (“Loopy”), power pop (“Cold Feet”), upbeat folky strum (“In the Sticks”), and some kinda tweeked psych (“Me and the Sea”, “The”, “Invisible Man”). It’s all delivered with enthusiasm and a fair amount of humor, but what takes things up a notch or so is their willingness to really fuck shit up, whether it be song structures, production, or in the fact that most everything on here is covered in a big pile of trippy electronics, sometimes apparently several layers at once. It gets a bit busy on a few tracks, but never overwhelms the songs, which is good. Fans of Elephant Six or Flaming Lips, and other right-thinking sorts who dig contemporary psych pop should approve.
For more information you can visit The Fuzz web site at: http://www.thefuzz.net.
Reviewed by Brian Faulkner