The skanking machine that is Fuzigish was formed way back in time around about 1997. Through member changes, album releases, and tours around South Africa, Europe and Australia, Fuzigish have remained one of South Africa’s top bands, both live on stage and in what they record. Their longevity alone is proof of that tasty pudding, and the popularity of the recorded albums is the back up.
Three years after formation, the band released “Skankers Union” their first full length album in 2000. The second “Southern Ska Stomper” saw the light of day in 2002, and following the two year theme, a third, “Exploited and Distorted” was released in 2004. Their fourth full length studio album, “Roll With The Punches” was released at a HUGE party in Johannesburg in March 2007.
In between these releases, the band has toured Europe (twice) Australia (once) and spent much time touring SA and its major cities. They also started up Red Ambulance records in order to release all their albums, and those of bands they liked, issued a digitally re-mastered version of “Skankers Union” with a re-issue of “Southern Ska Stomper” in the pipeline as well. In short this is one hard-working band.
Over the years their sound has moved from the strident punk rock of the early years to a more reggae infused ska sound, then absorbing a bit of rockabilly and some thrash and now progressing onto a sound that is totally and utterly uniquely Fuzigish. A party band of legendary proportions, their live shows tend to include unpredictable elements like on-stage haircuts, beer funnels, speeches, casual stage visits from the audience and anything else they can dream up ahead of or during a show.
The Fuzigish sound is based around the solidly creative song-writing of Jay Bones, and is reinforced by the dense teamwork of the extremely tight unit that is the rest of the band. Defying strict categorization, Fuzigish is the band that you can call on when your party is flagging, when spirits need raising and dancing needs to be done. From the stirring backing vocals of bassist Rockwell, the mad air guitar dancing of Trombonist Big Willy, to the hypnotic power of drummer Tom; Fuzigish are a great live act and have the songs to match on album.