The Fuzz Drivers are a hard rocking quartet who have been around for a couple of years and have built up a bit of a buzz, which should be beneficial with regards to the release of their self-titled debut album.
Taking their inspiration from 60s and 70s classic rock, with a few touches of the blues and Southern rock for a bit of added flavour, the band make quite a soulful racket that recalls all the best bits of the albums you love from that period and wrapping it all up with a personality of their own. Opening track ‘Discordia Song’ is a thumping piece of power-pop rock that feels a little lightweight when compared to the heavy biker-rock blues of ‘Shine’ but it lets you know that this band are here for a good time.
‘Carved Time’ is a retrospective power ballad with more than a whiff of Lynyrd Skynyrd about it, but The Fuzz Drivers stop short of putting on the accents and let the gentle picking of the verses gather its own momentum before the catchy 80’s glam metal chorus thunders in. But the band save their heaviest tracks for the end, with the main riff to ‘Until it Bleeds’ sounding very Tony Iommi-ish before the rampant sleaze-rock of ‘White Lies’ brings things to an energised close.
The component parts of “The Fuzz Drivers” may not be very original by themselves but when put through the band’s filter it all gels into one gigantic good time and an album that’ll warrant repeated plays, especially when you’re in the mood for something a little lighter but still with big guitars and drums. You’ll swear you’ve heard a couple of the riffs before but that doesn’t really matter when it’s all played with such an infectious energy that captures what good hard rock is all about. Great fun.