Lend An Ear:
the Fuzzrites May Just Be
Headed To a Garage Near You
The first time you hear a new band it’s tough not to ask yourself: who do they sound like?
So it is with the Fuzzrites, a garage-slash-rock-slash-ne
Taking their name from a classic fuzz box brand produced in the ‘60s by Mosrite, the Fuzzrites play vintage instruments, but with a contemporary sensibility. Band co-founder and fearless leader Dick Chiclet says group’s nod to the past is less about sounding vintage, more about building on the raw purity of vintage sound.
“Much of modern music has no dynamic range,” Chiclet maintains. “It’s who can deliver the fattest, biggest hard-on for three minutes; they scoop out all the mids — it’s either all high end or all low end.”
Chiclet and the band work with the mids. They prefer their music shaken…and stirred. It’s an art, Chiclet suggests and, like all art, it should be singularly distinctive. “Music is an organic experience,” he says. “It’s three-dimensional. When it’s done right, you feel the emotion.”
It’s an emotion that seems to float in the air after a Fuzzrites tune. Yes, the fuzz pedal helps, but there’s an afterglow that says the tune was worth hearing. This, says Chiclet, is what makes listening to music worthwhile.
“I don’t want to just fly high for three minutes and eighteen seconds,” he explains. “I want to sit back and enjoy it.”
So what do you get from a Fuzzrites concert or record? The tunes are straightforward, guitar-heavy and seemingly simple, Yet the playing is nuanced, with subtle touches that give each song its own legs.
As the owner and chief sound man for his own studio, Goon Lagoon, Chiclet takes pride in preserving the texture of the music, not only for the Fuzzrites but for every group that comes in to record. At times, he admits, it takes diplomacy.
“A lot of people don’t understand all these frequencies,” he says. “They just want loud. Or the band sits in and each one wants their own part to get more attention. The band should not be there when a record is mixed. I’ve been there and know what it’s like. I’ve been my own guinea pig.”
He’s been pretty good at it, too. Goon Lagoon has produced music for a number of popular groups, such as the Boss Mustangs, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, and Ghost Heart, to name just a few. And the Fuzzrites, of course, whose own collection “Baby Cakes” is a local favorite as well as an online CD under the Spinout Records label.
While local music critics and venues have taken notice, so have people outside the area. Chiclet credits social media with helping spread the music, and the word. He recently heard from a deejay in Australia who wanted to hear more of the group’s music. The Fuzzrites are also getting play via college radio stations. All of which adds up to the potential for more CD sales.
It’s a double-edged sword for Chiclet. An avowed analog guy, he would prefer to work with vinyl. But he also admits that people listening to podcasts and downloading songs makes life a little easier.
“It’s a new era,” he says. You don’t have to play live as much or get out and tour. There’s also a lot more competition…but the good bands will get heard. The music just has to hit the right ear. Do that and you can sell bottle rockets to a convent.”
Chiclet is still hoping to hit a few more ears. He’s grateful for the local support — especially WYCE — but he has dreams of getting XM play and, the ultimate, getting air time on Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
You can give a listen and get concert info about the Fuzzrites by checking out the group’s facebook or myspace pages. You can purchase the album at fine music stores locally or on line via Spinout Records.
Spinout records: spinoutmusic.com
CD Baby: cdbaby.com/Artist/TheFuzzr