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The Fuse!
The Fisherman's Wife
In The Red

Can't I just tell you it's good and you'll believe me? Why not consider me a good buddy and just take my word for it? I would never lie to you — you know that. I'm like one of your best friends. So this band The Fuse!? You heard 'em? What, you haven't?! Holy shit, these guys fucking rock, you've got to get their new record like immediately. They good, got it?

You're still here? My God, you're one of them finicky, skeptical-type readers, aren't ya? You don't believe me, do you? God that hurts, it really does, friend. You want the whole spiel, don't you? A little history, a little description, a little color perhaps? Christ.

What? Yeah I know. It's my job. What? No, I didn't mean anything by anything. She said, "Anybody touches my stuff and you fucking die"... what? Oh, right. The Fuse! We must discuss The Fuse! And that's not an exclamation. That's part of their name. But, thanks to your goddamn demanding neediness, we must!

They fucking rock. I said that already, didn't I? They do, genuinely so. Here's the deal: there's a hell of a lot of new records coming out all the time; many of them show up at my apartment; most of them suck. Only a small few help me keep the faith.

And beyond helping me shake my ass like George Michael, The Fuse!'s ultra-distorted punk-rock disorder makes me feel proud and fortunate — proud they've managed to make something fresh out of an exhausted genre, fortunate I get to listen.

Now if they'd only play Portland. God, come on, it's not like you're that far away, just eight or so hours down South. What? You've already been here and my uncool self was too out of touch to notice? What? No, I didn't mean anything by anything... But I bet you guys is downright mind-blowing live. What with those blistering bass lines, brittle, mutating riffs and shattering beats. My lord, I'd love to have the propelling Richard Hell-like "All Across the World" hit me in person like a Mack truck, in all its screaming fury and rallying energy. You will get off your Southern Californian asses and head up here soon, right? What? Oh yeah, right. I am so not cool.

But this album is. It rocks. Through and through, it pushes and shoves with fuzz and distortion, raw, electrified strings and thrashing, spastic melodies. Fashion isn't a factor. Neither are names apparently — each of the three members are simply identified by a single digit and letter: F1, F2, F3 (drums, guitar, bass, respectively), all of whom contribute vocals.

"The Montgomery Rhythm" features a very Op Ivy-ish bass line behind Rich Hell-like high-pitched pleads and minimal scratching riffs. "The Whip" offers a severely infectious, wrap-you-up-in-love guitar line and intermediate, close-up speak-singing, while "Modern Music" races and thrusts as it urges you to dance to the music, but is really just reminiscing about how they used to dance to the music, 'cause these ain't no dance/punk bandwagon hoppers. The album — which rocks by the way — closes with the gritty, bluesy "The Fallen Samaritan," which features slide guitar, smoky, down-and-out wails, and intricate pickings.

There, is that good enough for you, friend? Now will you go get yourself a copy, find that it rocks, and trust me from now on?

by Jenny Tatone

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