Wednesday, June 15, 2022

FRESNO BOB "MOTIVATIONAL DOOM" review & band interview

FRESNO BOB "MOTIVATIONAL DOOM" review & band interview

Fuzzy's been busy lately but I had to take a moment to tell ya about an album that I am really digging right now. "MOTIVATIONAL DOOM" is the debut release from solo band FRESNO BOB and this is a 100% high-voltage bass-only fuzz-fest. (With drums, of course.) The riffs are wild enough on their own, and they form a background for some awesome spoken word samples. The music goes so well with the samples that you might think some of these guys had returned from the dead to do a collab with Fresno Bob on this album. James Coburn, Alan Watts, Robert Crumb, and more. Check it out on Bandcamp and catch my interview below. 

Follow FRESNO BOB on Bandcamp at https://fresnobob.bandcamp.com/album/motivational-doom

And of course, if you need more motivational doom in your life, please check out The Swamp Records' GUIDED MEDITATION DOOMJAZZ

Fuzzy's interview with Fresno Bob ---

Do you choose the samples and then write a song for them, or do you write the songs first, or how do you go about recording your music?

Hi Fuzzy and thank you very much for this interview. Usually I write the song first, I start with a bass riff, then I think about the drums and finally the samples. When I'm ready to record I play the drums first, then the bass and finally I insert the samples. I’ve tried also to do the other way around but being a drummer I found this method easier for me.

You've selected such an interesting collection of samples! How did you go about choosing these?

Because I believe the strength of this album are the vocal samples of the characters, the thoughts, the words and the way they are pronounced, I spent a lot of time looking for the ones that meant something to me. Not being a singer, I wanted something i could relate to, so I improvised as a bassist and tried to add a musical outline with bass and drums, but as already mentioned, the backbone of this project are the samples. The first thing is to find the character who, in my imagination, relates well to this type of music, then search on the internet for his dialogues that deal with philosophical issues or thoughts of life. On this record, most are taken from TV talk shows from the 70s and 80s, or from small conference interviews like the tracks on David Lynch and Alan Moore.

Who might you choose for the samples in future songs?

The song I am working right now has got vocal samples taken from a crazy Dennis Hopper appearance in 1971 in an American TV show, where he was there to promote his movie The Last Movie. Other characters I would like to tribute are Warren Oates and John Sinclair. I'm a big fan of old movies, I'm interested in the American counterculture of the 60's and the different life philosophies and I love the riffs of bands like Sleep, Electric Wizard and Church of Misery so I guess that I will go on with this trip!

Anything else you would like to share about yourself and your music?

When I started this thing I was really down, life was slapping me.. but then song after song I felt better. Those quotes and riffs were somehow doing me good. If even one on this planet feels the way I did and finds comfort in listening to the record, I am happy. Motivational Doom is my tribute to all the characters in the album that in a way or another (movies, books, comics) have been part of my life since I was young. Fuzzy, thanks again for your interest and most of all thanks for promoting and supporting the dark sounds from the underground.


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Thursday, June 2, 2022

FREE CODES for Best of Bandcamp Name Your Price from Fuzzy Cracklins Presents

Best of Bandcamp Name Your Price from Fuzzy Cracklins Presents

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents his favorite Name Your Price tracks on Bandcamp for June 2022. Add these songs to your collection by redeeming a code below.  

Submit your music or artwork to fuzzycracklins@gmail.com for consideration on an upcoming compilation which will be shared with over 2500 of Fuzzy's followers on Bandcamp. 

Check out The Swamp Records CD of the Month at theswamprecords.bandcamp.com/the-swamp-krewe 



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Redeem a code at https://theswamprecords.bandcamp.com/yum Be sure to select "add this item to my collection" when you redeem your code so that you can listen to the songs in your Bandcamp app. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

GØREN gets in The Swamp

GØREN gets in The Swamp

GØREN gets in The Swamp! Fuzzy Cracklins and The Swamp Records are excited to announce the new project from the man behind MOTH66. 

Gøren is a heavy psych project from Michigan-based solo artist Derek Fisher (Moth66). Birthed in 2022 as another creative outlet, Gøren's debut single "Den of Snakes" is out today for digital download with a full length album scheduled for later this year. 

Follow Gøren on Instagram at @gorenfuzz and download the new single at goren.bandcamp.com

Friday, March 4, 2022

Folk rock "Hell Is Other People" from duo THE FAIRGREEN BAND

Folk rock debut "Hell Is Other People" from THE FAIRGREEN BAND

Dig the new album "Hell Is Other People" from the UK's THE FAIRGREEN BAND. Lots and lots of catchy folk rock riffs with a fuzzy edge that I'm really enjoying. The duo of Paul Austin and Oli Mortham combine acoustic and electric guitars to deliver an ultra fresh collection of tunes. Great vocals, too. Listen to The Fairgreen Band on Bandcamp:

Fuzzy's Favorite: "Ruby Knows" captures The Fairgreen Band's unique take on folk rock. 

FFO: Crow Ballard, Willow Ash, Fairyport Convent. 

The Fairgreen Band is from Diss in Norfolk, UK with members:

  • Paul Austin - lead vocals, acoustic guitars, lyrics
  • Oli Mortham - electric guitars, bass guitar, backing vocals, drum programming, synths, keys 

Follow the band on Bandcamp at https://thefairgreenband1.bandcamp.com

Thursday, February 10, 2022

SRWW Community Album ft. MOTH66

SRWW Community Album ft. MOTH66

Two years in the making with the efforts of dozens of musicians from around the world including The Swamp's MOTH66, check out the compilation "SRWW Community Album" now on Bandcamp and soon to be on vinyl. This is 7 brand new tracks composed and recorded remotely during the pandemic. A huge spectrum of genres are represented here, along with some big names from the heavy underground scene including Bob Balch (Fu Manchu), Papanikolaou Babis (Planet of Zeus), and Tolis Motsios (Nightstalker). (Full track listing and credits are below.) Listen on Bandcamp at: 

Follow SRWW on Bandcamp for info on the vinyl release at https://srww.bandcamp.com/album/srww-community-album

The Swamp's MOTH66 features with guitar on "Raw." Listen to his new album and get the CD from Moth66 at https://moth66.bandcamp.com/album/lxvi


Track 1 - Dreams of Space

Francesco Bonardi - Guitar (Hackberry, Netherlands)

Eric Frantzen - Bass (Mantra Machine, Netherlands)

Drev - Vocals (Descarado, Sweden)

Miguel Pereira - Guitar (Bushfire, Germany)

Sascha Holz - Drums (Bushfire, Germany)


Track 2 - Remain

Martin Frank - Bass / Vocals (White Noise Generator, Germany)

Thomas Berger - Drums (Timestone, Austria

Tony Hochhuber Guitars Germany)


Track 3 - The All Seeing Sun

Diamond Pr - Guitar / Vocals (The Same River, Greece)

Oscar Flanagan - Guitar (Insonika, Sweden)

Armin Lehner - Keys (Ozymandias, Austria)

Brien Gillen - Drums (Elder Druid, Northern Ireland)

Rafael Denardi - Bass (Rafael Denardi, Brazil)

Special Guest: Papanikolaou Babis (Planet of Zeus, Greece)


Track 4 - Raw

Luke Taylor - Drums (White Noise Generator, Germany)

Derek Fisher - Guitar (Moth66, USA)

Niels van Eldijk - Bass (Ramkoers, Netherlands)

Ben Plochowietz - Guitar / Vocals (Scorched Oak, Germany)

Christoph W. - Vocals (Ozymandias, Austria)

Special Guests:Tolis Motsios Nightstalker (Greece)


Track 5 - Calypso

Tom Maene - Guitar (Motsus, Belgium)

Jeroen Schippers - Drums (Mantra Machine, Netherlands)

Linda Hackmann - Bass / Vocals (Scorched Oak, Germany)

Dimitris Vardoulakis - Vocals (Honeybadger, Greece)

Jonas Hartmann - Keys (Willow Child, Germany)

Special Guest: Bob Balch (Fu Manchu, US)


Track 6 - Stalactite Caves

Alex Pöll - Bass / Vocals (Cone, Germany)

Jakob Aigner - Guitar / Vocals (Timestone, Austria)

Massimiliano Boventi - Drums (Humulus, Italy)

Uwe Halmich - Guitar (Eternal Engine, Germany)


Track 7 - Wastelands

Peter Dragt - Drums (Bismut, Netherlands)

Jake Wallace - Guitar (Elder Druid, Northern Ireland)

Jason Recoing - Bass (Pelegrin, France)

Dale Hughes - Synth / Keys (Electric Octopus, Northern Ireland)

Francois Roze - Guitar / Vocals (Pelegrin, France) 


ATOMIC DRAG doom surf EP "Black Magic Spells and Other Neat Weird Stuff"

ATOMIC DRAG doom surf EP "Black Magic Spells and Other Neat Weird Stuff"

Last year I reviewed the debut EP from solo surf band ATOMIC DRAG, and last week saw the release of his newest EP, "Black Magic Spells and Other Neat Weird Stuff". If you dig surf riffs, solo bands, and instrumental music, then this collection of 5 tunes will get your gears cranking. Fuzzy really digs the dark edge that Atomic Drag puts on his surf music. Listen on Bandcamp: 

Follow Atomic Drag band on Bandcamp at https://atomicdrag.bandcamp.com/album/black-magic-spells-and-other-neat-weird-stuff


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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Grab a Code for SLUGG's debut psych doom single "Yonder"

 

Grab a Code for SLUGG's debut psych doom single "Yonder"

Grab a code for the new single "" from SLUGG -- psych doom from Italy.  

Redeem at https://sluggdoom.bandcamp.com/yum

Follow SLUGG on Bandcamp at https://sluggdoom.bandcamp.com/track/yonder

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