Review: Fuz - Sugar Coated (2015) July 30, 2018 11:31
If you're looking for something different in your vinyl collection of *insert name of standard American artist here* perhaps four white girls from the Netherlands playing 60's style psychedelic rock fits the bill for you?
On the surface and by the looks of the cover you'd expect this to be some 80's style synth-pop or "popish" independent rock. Likely never assuming a group of scrawny girls, who by all appearances look straight out of a European version of The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, would have much rock in them. But looks can be deceiving and if you thought that you'd be completely off, these girls have a legitimate slow paced 60's psychedelic sound, like an all female version of The Doors. That's the closest comparison stylistically I can come up with when there's not much else that comes to mind in terms of a similar all girl groups out there, certainly not in the 60's.
While it's hard to really pinhole this group in any one sub-genre most of the tracks on Sugar Coated have a very strong psychedelic blues sound, with that distinct sort of monotone style of singing that was very prevalent in the genre at it's peak. The main single Sugar, the first track on the flip side, helps to break up the EP a little and is definitely the closest to uptempo garage rock style they go. The final track, De Oto, ends it with a very nice country blues feel to it.
Overall Sugar Coated has a nice peppering of styles throughout, but if I had one suggestion it would be fix the arrangement of the tracks a little so it's more evenly spread out. The first three tracks all have the similar sound while Side B is much more varied. Sugar would be a better lead in track, and then throw in another more uptempo song on the B Side to flush it all out. Aside from that there's not a bad song on the EP, and some of the guitar riffs are pretty sweet. Hopefully they put out a full length album sometime soon.
In terms of the vinyl finding a physical copy of this will likely be a little difficult, it received a very limited self pressing in the Netherlands only. I picked up a copy back when it was first released in 2015 and had to fumble my way through a Dutch website to buy it. Doing a quick search today there's really no signs of anything but the digital version.