Punk Rock Reggae Misfits, FUZIGISH, from Gauteng, South Africa, will be back at Park Acoustics this coming Sunday and they will make you dance!!
“We are not looking for a title or genre to fit neatly into, but what the hell, here goes it. Our style is DIY-post-steetpunk-swingabilly-death-skank-partycore, cause that sounds crazy mad! It is also always cool to have the words “post”, “-abilly” and “core” in your genre description. Especially with the scene geeks!”
The band started out in a little ol’ bar in an attempt to play music for people. We were schooled in a strong independent scene with bands and friends such as Leek & The Bouncing Uptones, Crossing Point, Hog Hoggidy Hog & The Vendetta Cartel. Most the bands from this early scene can be found on the CD “Family Business” released through [R]evolution.
We drank & smoked in parking lots, skated lonely city streets and ran around in mad circles on the dance floors. Good times.
We play punk
We play ska
We throw in swing, reggae, soul & rock n’ roll
We throw in South Africa
We play music for the people
We believe in the D.I.Y Ethic.
We started our own record label Red Ambulance, and released all our own albums independently.
Music has the power and ability to activate & spread free thought, educate & influence awareness of our surroundings and ourselves. Music can make us question everything.
We want to help people find there own voices. We hope to give them strength to fulfill there own creative ambitions and the realisation that through some hard work & simple organising, positivity can spread into your local communities and make better lives for everyone. Let’s start today.
This is the punk we believe in. Uplift yourselves and that means thinking out of the mainstream.
There is the mainstream, and then there are other streams.
The mainstream is dumbed down reduction of the true potential of yourself and if you let it, it will control you.
It is someone else telling you what is good for you, for there own benefit.
Come paddle with us up a different stream.
(We got cold beers & sweet tunes.)
Oi Oi Oi
We had the awesome opportunity to have a chat with the guys, this is how it went down:
MA: Hi gents, it’s really nice to chat to you again, how are you doing?
We doing cool thanks.
MA: For those that don’t know you well, would you please start off with a short background on who Fuzigish is, where do you come from and how you came together to form the band?
Wow. We been around for ages and released our first album in 2000. We played all over, locally and internationally.
MA: Do you mind introducing to us the members?
No problem, got Tom on the drums.
William, or Big Willy, on the Trombone, beer funnel and backing vocals.
Rockwell plays the bass and sings and I play the guitar and sing.
MA: It has been a great many years for Fuzigish…. any highlights that stand out?
I will say that a highlight is being part of South African music and keeping it going for so long. I think when you start you just want to record an album and play some shows, but the band evolved and grew and became alot more to the guys in the band and out the band.
MA: Has your ‘sound’ changed at all over the last few years?
We have moved around and tried out styles, but I think the core energy and style has stayed the same. Each album has had its own personality, but we can play songs from all of them in a set and it works.
MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene currently? Anything you think that can improve?
I played at Oppikoppi this year and I really enjoyed watching loads of cool music. I am always impressed with the local music and the top acts really are super slick and pro, and they put alot of effort in.
MA: You guys will be jamming at Park Acoustics in October… are you guys excited to be back at Parks and what can we expect from your set this time around?
This is actually our first Park Acoustics, and really looking forward to it.
We will play songs from all the albums and we will bring merch.
MA: Anything that you are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Well we want to do some more merch and looking at putting out some new tracks next year. It could be an EP or album. We hope to launch our new website befor ethe end of the year and that will have lots of cool stuff, like old flyers and a podcast.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1144928825535628/
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11:00 The Lectric Monks
12:00 The Plastics
15:00 Taxi Violence
16:00 DJ Michael Lesar