Down For The Underground
by Dan Grote
Supafuzz are a four piece rock band from
Kentucky, who, according to their website, have released two studio albums
and have toured with Fuel, Saliva, and Disturbed. Down for the Underground
is the band’s first live album, and, for a relatively unknown band, it
appears they have a much better handle on rock music than any of their
major label tourmates.
Underground is twelve tracks of pure low-end-heavy
rock that never strays off into metal territory or insults the audience’s
intelligence with a nice pop-y ballad, although they do have one down-tempo
song, “Confession.” In fact, one would be hard-pressed to figure out what
the band’s supposed “hit song” is (once again, according to the band’s
website, they are best known for a song called “I am the King”). There
is one fan singalong, on the song “Sick of It,” so the band has to have
fans somewhere, but by the same token, the live album was taped during
a hometown show in Lexington, Kentucky. Here are the lyrics in case you
ever find yourself at a Supafuzz show: “I think I’ll worship Satan, while
I masturbate / tell me that’s alright, alright.”
The band’s sound recalls the southern grunge
era that spawned bands like Alice in Chains and the Toadies (“Possum Kingdom”)
and to a lesser degree Seven Mary Three (“Cumbersome”). For the instrumentally
minded, yes Virginia, there are some rather impressive guitar solos, especially
on “Confession” and “Mr. Policeman.” Lyric-wise, the songs range in topic
from theological disagreements (“Arguing with God”), to drugs (“Tonic and
Cigarettes”), to a poke at the trappings of fame (“Superstar”).
VERDICT: In another time, say, ten years
ago, songs like these would be getting a fairly decent amount of airplay
on modern rock stations across the country; unfortunately, the lack of
a strong single will most likely keep Supafuzz at bay. Which is a shame,
because if their live album is any indication, their studio work is most
likely every bit as good.
- Down For The Underground
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