Break On Through: An Interview With Kyle Ross From Fuzzy Sun
Manchester Indie Pop peddlers Fuzzy Sun was not seeking a new angle per se; it sought them unasked as the world took a good, hard look in the mirror at what mattered in life and where, if ideals were to manifest, professional pathways could lead with self-belief. "I think we have just found our feet, and it's just a natural progression. I don't know if anything prompted it as such, just letting our influences shine," frontman Kyle Ross spells out the band's interpretation of events.
I also went through a period of depression throughout Lockdown; this is probably reflected in the tunes as well, as they are a bit grittier and aggressive. Again all just natural things that led to the songs being the way they are. I don't think we have tried to force anything.
Manchester-based, the city had much to suffer from its glowing reputation as a musical hive of activity. For a moment, there was grave fear, from the Suns and volume of musicians in the area, that the landscape could face extinction, wipe out. Although nowhere near what is needed, there is a glimmer of hope permeating the unbeatable grit of our northern air.
It's been sad nearly seen the loss of some amazing venues, but thankfully they have been saved. So I think we will come out of this bigger and better; Manchester is great for that, always a class sense of community. Bands and fans will be dying for gigs again, so I reckon once normality hits, there will be demand to get the ball rolling again.
More and more- bore from Lockdown- we read of artists' renewed awareness of each other's value, creatively and personally, summoning conscious energy to keep the spirit of their work aloft, finding the courage to attempt compositions in fresh, forward-moving fashion. You can not tether the arts down for long; we fight.
We never really stopped, to be honest. We were constantly sending each other files and recording ourselves at home working on new material. And then, once we were able to go back in the studio, we carried it on. I think I'd of gone pretty insane without it! We also reimagined some of our back catalogue and recorded complete acoustic versions of our tracks, which was great, and hopefully a little treat for the fans.
Single Fake It debuts an edgier sonic attitude, making a slight detour from the group's poppier origins as it marches in its weathered Doctor Martins in a Madchester parade. Kyle's voice makes full use of its ample range yoked with rather contagious riffs and resonant guitar solos; there is no one particular note to deliver in its meaning.
I wouldn't say there was a specific message. I normally let the songs fall out of me, representing what I'm feeling at specific times. It's basically a song about feeling disillusioned with a plethora of things: being in a dark place and putting on a brave face, pretending everything's okay. We've had a great response to the track so far; everyone seems to really dig it, which is always a lovely thing.
Fake It raises a corner of the curtain to peek at what is in store from their Autumn EP, but there won't be exact replicas, more ingredients borrowed smattering each track. I think there are definitely elements in it that indicate what's to come. The whole EP flows as a continuous piece, so it's all very cohesive, but different ideas and influences bounce around on the other tunes. With tips from NME, Dork, Radio One and other reputable sources, there is allowance to take heed. Of course, it's always great when those things happen and makes ya feel like you're on the right track. But we have just got to keep on making the tunes and hope people dig them as much as us.
All being well, Fuzzy's are psyching up for a jaunt of fizz at the Toon, alongside peers DMA's and Sports Team for Hit the North Festival in October, where one sought-after wristband bestows entrance to venues large and small in the city, plotting one's route throughout the day.
We went there on our first headline tour. We have also done Hit The North before, and we also were fortunate enough to play the O2 Academy, which was great! I absolutely love Newcastle; one of my favourite cities to be in; can't wait to get back up for that. Just being on the road with your mates playing your tunes to people and them enjoying it as much as you, not much that gets better than that. Also, I love being in new places and getting to trot about different places.
Friday 27th August: Arboretum Garden Bar & Bandstand, Nottingham (w/ Kawala)
Saturday 23rd October: Hit The North, Newcastle
Friday 10th December: Academy 2, Manchester