The Great Fuss formed in 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has been lighting up the venues of the Canadian prairies ever since. This is the kind of rock band I’ve been waiting to hear. I just didn’t know it. This is raunchy feel good rock that makes me wanna spaz out on the dance floor. Their self-titled album The Great Fuss wooed me from the first track to the last. It’s that damn good.
The band is great for putting a genre twist on their arousing rock. You’ll get touches of Americana, blues and then things dip into an alt-rock zone. I really appreciate the diversity; each track stands on its own while the album maintains airtight cohesiveness. One of the underlining themes is a well done homage to the essential rock artists of the ’60s and ’70s, especially when it comes to the British invasion. You can also hear their present day influences. They managed to marry what they love into their own signature sound.
I enjoyed everyone’s individual contributions. The first thing that stuck out to me was the wicked and mischievous bass lines from Nika Hohol. The second was the cool key work of Kat Jones. These two in my opinion bring the special sauce to the music. Tallus Scott (drums) is given the ultimate power of deciding how much I want to dance to these songs and he makes it impossible to resist. There’s three guitarists (Pete Oldridge, Chris Valleau and Geoff Grauer). I am often wary of this, fearing the too many cooks in the kitchen scenario. However, I had nothing to fear. These three are incredibly complementary to one another. They get it and the result is a full bodied, multi-layered experience. Last but in no way least is the vocal talents of Pete Oldridge and Chris Valleu. They deliver the incredible lyrics like declarations. They are proud of those words and they should be. They maintain their gruff personas but don’t muffle anything. They know how to classically deliver notes and they hit each one with ease.
This album was a home studio project, and while there are moments where it’s rough, especially with the first couple of tracks, I can appreciate what they were trying to achieve. What really impresses me is they did not use a singular method for the whole of the album. I can tell they went through each track and prescribed a specific audio production technique. Choosing to go that route is not easy, and can sometimes backfire, but I feel the majority of the album was produced very well.
There are three things I know for certain after listening to this album. One, I had to buy it, which I did. Two, I gotta see these guys live. Three, I need a shirt. I went to the official site and when I clicked on “Merch” I got an error message - you’re killing me guys. I have a hard time believing The Great Fuss will be confined to their local music scene. I genuinely believe they understand what it takes.
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