“AN EXTRAORDINARILY COMPULSIVE, HIGH OCTANE AND SUPREMELY CONFIDENT ANTHEM BORN OF LOCKDOWN”
“MONEY TO BE MADE is the first release from the second FUDGE. EP, appropriately titled “THE TOWN HALL SESSION”
Cast your mind back to January 2020. The Christmas decs are barely down, new year’s resolutions were falling by the wayside and Leeds racketeers Fudge release their debut EP “Panic on” to widespread critical acclaim. Fudge, whose live work pretty much defines them, are busy filling up their diary with gig upon gig upon gig. The future is looking rosy when out of the blue the whole charabanc is blindsided by a global health emergency and all bets are most definitely off. What’s a band to do? Fudge could have been forgiven for feeling a mite desperate.
But wait….Fudge are made of sterner stuff than that and busy themselves with preparing a follow up EP. Not just any old EP but a live one, no less. How so? Well Fudge somehow managed to access the venerable Leeds town hall to record a “live session” where they played to absolutely no one but themselves and what we have here is “Money to be made”….the first single release from said EP and it is an extraordinarily compulsive, high octane and supremely confident anthem born of lock down.
Adding to the immediate appeal of their new harder sound and more focused direction an angry Fudge have gone overtly political on “Money to be made” and take a massive swipe at fat cats everywhere with the whole experience craftily documented on film for our delectation.
This is a very very good move and distills beautifully the energy, competence and sheer bloody mindedness of Fudge perfectly. We should all be genuinely grateful that Fudge have dug in and given us this remarkable video that so poignantly echoes these strange times. They are a band full of skill and determination and they look comfortable as they effortlessly nail the musically complex “Money to be made”, full, as it is, of tricky timing and tempo changes. There is a charisma and swagger a plenty oozing from this session. Who needs a crowd anyway. These boys are naturals.
Musically, for those who like comparisons, we are in Royal Blood, Idles territory but really it’s accurate to say that we are in the world of Fudge where hard edged old skool indie is king. As the old Leeds saying goes, “we are what we are and we do what we do”
Single review by Von Goloka
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.