We've Got A Fuzzbox... @ The Ruby Lounge...
80's pop punksters We've Got A Fuzz Box And We're Gonna Use It cruise into town and lay down their Rules And Regulations.
Sittin Pretty and Queen Bee And The Drones simply fall in line!
Words and Photos: Anthony Firmin
I didn’t even know this gig was going to on until a regular prodding of local alt-rock/prog band David R Black resulted in an invitation by bassist Sarit Black to come down to The Ruby Lounge as she was playing bass for Fuzzbox. The name didn’t ring any bells until a Google search revealed their full name and a series of interesting memories of Top Of The Pops from the later half of the ‘80’s returned – punk pop with big hair, VERY BIG HAIR.
The idea was to have a chat with Sarit before the gig but due to scheduling issues that didn’t transpire. However, what did happen for those who attended was an evening of varying musical styles, very entertaining.
Queen Bee And The Drones
First on are QB&TD, a very new symphonic metal band who pulled in a large crowd of supporters – the musical contrast to Fuzzbox couldn’t have been any greater. Fronted by the operatic sounding Firouzeh, the band seriously impress with their EPICA and Within Temptation style songs. They are certain to become a regular fixture on the local circuit soon – MR are thinking about booking them for one of our upcoming events, you will then understand our excitement. (Look out for an interview/feature on them soon).
The name rang a bell and not for good reasons. I last saw them 3 years ago and I wasn’t particularly impressed (seemed disorganised and under rehearsed, or it might have been just a bad night). The band have recently become a four piece with the departure of their original bass player so Cameron Gavin has switched to bass guitar and tonight the band are much improved and tighter! Singer Conor Wilde is more dynamic and comes across as a modern day Jim Morrison in his posturing. The band revels in that late 60’s alt-blues rock as they plough through their set – Me Me Me and set closer Oh Yeah were superb but so are the other five songs in the set. I’ve got to catch them again when they play a longer set.
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It
Amazingly the band open with their two best known songs – International Rescue and Rules And Regulations – and they show the crowd that they still have it. The fun and enthusiasm just flows, it is infectious too, as they bound through lots of material. The on-stage chemistry between Vix Perks and Maggie Dunne is clear to see exuding so much confidence and happiness on stage, they are not just bandmates but are friends too. The noob’s in the band fitted in perfectly too; lauded bassist Sarit Black and drummer Hannah Layhe providing a solid rhythm section on which guitarist Megan Burke, Dunne and Perks lay their punk pop anthems.
Covers in the set include Spirit In The Sky, part of Killing In The Name Of… (transposed to the name of the band) and the encore of Pop Muzik. The varied crowd, from punks to those who just remember those days, joining in with every song making this a great atmosphere as the band didn’t so much sail but powerboated their way through their 75 minute set, remarkable stuff. And I never got to ask if they still use a fuzzbox – darn it!