Fuzigish - Roll with the Punches

2007-06-25 14:36
But what was unconventional then is a little bit tired now. Their winning formula has become just that: a formula. The cheeky instrumentation, random lyrics and fusion of ska with other genres is still there but you may expect a little more development after three albums and 10 years on the scene.

Like their other albums, Roll with the Punches (2007) is released by their own india label, Red Ambulance. And criticisms aside, it's solid. They burst in on us with “Maximum”, a song just made for high school pogo-jumping. It more-or-less demands to be set to 'maximum' volume for real enjoyment.

”Blow my mind” will get you 'skanking' in a circle with the rest of the crowd at a gig. It makes use of all the best that punk has to offer: tight verses, perfect timing and a sing-along chorus. “Easy Tiger” has a strange reggae influence that doesn't quite work on the first listen but may appeal to those you enjoy Fuzigish’s ability to weave different sounds and influences into their ska music, keeping it interesting. Unfortunately, there are a number of just average songs, too. "Black Magoo" stands out for it's sheer craziness. "Black Magoo you done break my heart," lead vocalist Jay Bones practically yodels in a country western on acid tune. The band has chosen the song for a soon-to-be-made-animated music video. They deviate from the high-pitched energy of the rest of their sound on ”Trouble”. It's an endearingly whimsical song complete with gentle acoustics (violins, viola, double bass, courtesy of Electro-Muse) and a vocal appearance by Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Nice, but no more.

The sad truth is, much the same can be said for the rest of the album. It’s all very nice. But never quite above average.

- Verashni Pillay
Fuzigish bounced on to the local music scene in 1997 in a flurry of mad wind instruments, unconventional, energetic sets and catchy riffs.

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