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What's happening with Sergeant Buzfuz?
Friday, 17 April 2009

I’m playing a solo gig at The Fenton in Leeds this Saturday 18th, onstage 10.10 pm and it sounds like a really good night.


Next Friday 24th the band are playing at the Offline night at Brixton’s Prince Albert. With Rich having left the drumstool our mate Ian Button, who played on half the new album, will be thwacking the skins for us.


This week I remixed a Lucy’s Diary track which should be a forthcoming LD B side. Lucy’s Diary are my Blang label colleague JJ Crash and Lucy Joplin. They’re kinda garage indie. Ian Button recorded their album, which should be out on Blang this year.


Next Thursday night (23rd) at 8 30 or so I’m doing a live radio interview with the best-named radio station in the world, yes Radio Scilly. You can tune in online at Radio Scilly.


We now have all our albums streamed for you to listen to at Last.FM. We’ll get the singles up there soon and more videos.
Our Last FM page here.


And if you really want more regular news like what I’ve had for breakfast and how our cat is then you can ‘follow’ me on Twitter.


Will be sending a Blang label mailout soon (DCW on Marc Riley next Thursday 24th too, 7 to 9 pm)
Keep well y’all
Joe

 
"High Slang" in shops now
Sunday, 15 February 2009

The 4th Sergeant Buzfuz album is now in the shops. It’s called “High Slang” (BLANG 15). Available as CD and download. See online reviews here.


“Universally charming” (NME)


“ Dazzling...Referencing 1960s punk, psychedelia, German-rock, Irish folk, glam-rock and drone, Sergeant Buzfuz achieve a harmonious, chiming mash-up, sounding like none of the above. ‘High Slang’ should be the record which catapults the band out of the underground” (Aesthetica)


“Ceaselessly inventive...14 candidates for John Peel’s Festive Fifty (RIP)” (TimeOut)


“Buzfuz are a bloody riot” (Plan B)


“songs full of spirit, an album full of them” (Organ: Album Of The Week)


“Blending an awe inspiring instrumental with poetic and story-telling lyrics on each and every song its difficult to be even remotely bored by this band.” (Music-Zine)


“Sergeant Buzfuz definitely do whatever they like and they definitely have something to say. Endearing and compelling,” (Supersweet)


“Razor-sharp lyrical wit” (Alternative Ulster)


“The problem with dumbing down radio is that it means most people never to get hear bands like Sergeant Buzfuz.” (Fatea Magazine)

 
Sergeant Buzfuz new Single/Live on BBC 6 Monday
Sunday, 25 January 2009

GOD TO HOLLOWAY
Sergeant Buzfuz have a new download-only single out on Blang this Monday Jan 26.
A side: God To Holloway
`123B side: Go Hoot, Owl Lady
From all download shops.
Catalogue no: BLANG 15



A side is a different version to the one on forthcoming ‘High Slang’ album (out Feb 9). B side is a remix and anagram of A side.


LIVE ON MARC RILEY SHOW
The band play a live session on Marc Riley’s show this Monday night at 7 pm on BBC 6 Music. They’ll be having a chat and playing 3 songs, one at 7pm and two at about 7 35.
Tune in on DAB/Internet/Freeview TV Channel 707
Mon Jan 26th at 7 pm.


ALBUM LAUNCH GIG
“High Slang” album launch party:
12 Bar Club
Wednesday February 4th
Onstage 10 pm
£5

 
December update
Monday, 01 December 2008

JOE SESSION ON BBC TEES
Joe played a live session on BBC Tees in Middlesbrough the other week and it was broadcast last Wednesday night, it’s a 25 minute long mix of live acoustic songs, a song from the new album due in February and lots of chat about Blang, eyes, The 12 Bar Club, Misty’s Big Adventure and Popes. You can still hear it here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p001hkvt/Bob_Fischer_26_11_2008
It’s from 50 mins in until about 1 hour 15



SINGLE AND ALBUM IN NEW YEAR
The new album, ‘High Slang’ is out February 2nd. It’s preceded by a download-only single, a mix of ‘God To Holloway’ which is shorther than the album version. Lots of gigs in February too.

 
Sergeant Buzfuz single out today/Launch gig Friday 26th
Friday, 26 September 2008

SThe new Sergeant Buzfuz single “Here Come The Popes Part 3” is released today. The limited edition 7” purple vinyl single is available form all good record shops and from www.normanrecords.com
Also available as a download from i-Tunes, www.finetunes.net and all other download stores. B side is “Dentist To The Stars”

”like the Pogues beating up My Life Story....Single of the month by a mile” (Playlouder)
“a bizarre string-driven song about those popes of the middle ages that’s kind of XTCish” (Organ)
“Like the Soft Boys, this is unselfconsciously smart-pop, with a noir-psychedelic twist” (Sounds XP)
“One of my favourite songs for some time... I love its spirit, I love the idea behind it, I love the fact that it’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard” (Mark Lamarr, Radio 2)
“Absolutely brilliant” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music)
“they have taken the Sixties back catalogue and asked Gorky's Zygotic Mynci to give it a remix” (bbc.co.uk London Calling site)


SINGLE LAUNCH AT BETSEY TROTWOOD FRIDAY SEP 26
SKU Events presents: Sergeant Buzfuz Here Come The Popes Part 3 single launch
Friday September 26th
Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL


10 Sergeant Buzfuz
9 15 Kinkajou
8 30 Michael Eden
£5 entry (no concessions).
Tickets available from Ticketweb


Nearest tube Farringdon
Map

 
Semptember Newsroom
Tuesday, 02 September 2008

LIVE SESSION ON BBC 6 THIS FRIDAY
Buzfuz play a live session for Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6 Music this Friday 5th. They play 3 songs between 7 and 8.30.


POPES 3 SINGLE RELEASED ON 22ND
'Here Come The Popes Part 3' b/w 'Dentist To The Stars' comes out on Blang on Monday 26th on naughty papal see-through purple vinyl and invisible download.It's been played on the radio by Gary Crowley, Tom Robinson and Mark Lamarr. The first 2 reviews can be read at the Reviews page.

 
August Newsroom
Saturday, 02 August 2008

NEW BUZFUZ DRUMMER
Rich Keeble, who also plays in Goodbye Sergeants, has been confirmed as the band’s new drummer. He only plays for bands with Sergeant in the name.


MOSELEY FOLK FEST
The band have been confirmed for the Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham on Sat August 30th. More details at www.moseleyfolk.co.uk.


PAUL HAWKINS AND THEE AWKWARD SILENCES/WAR SONGS/TEARDROP EXPLODES
Buzfuz have several links with Thee Awkward Silences. Kate sometimes plays violin with them, Joe has guested live on guitar and keyboards with them and Silences drummer Ian Button helped on the new album after Buzfuz split with ex-drummer Martin Parker.
Joe is playing a gig, partly solo, partly with Polly MacLean, at the launch of the new Silences single ‘The Battle Is Over’ at the Betsy Trotwood on Saturday August 9th. They’ll be playing a set of war-related covers songs.
Then on Saturday September 12th the band are playing at the launch gig for the Silences album ‘We Are Not Other People’ at the 12 Bar Club where all the guest acts are playing sets by other people. Buzfuz are playing a 4 song Teardrop Explodes set. Thee Awkward Silences are rumoured to be doing a Pet Shop Boys set. Kinkajou are doing The Fatima Mansions. Other sets include The Doors and Motley Crue.


HERE COME THE POPES SINGLE DUE SEPTEMBER
Here Come The Popes Part 3 is released as a 7 inch single on purple vinyl on Blang on September 22nd. More news soon.

 
June Newsroom
Monday, 02 June 2008

Sgt Buzfuz play their first live gig of the year at Blang at the 12 Bar Club on Wednesday June 11th, see Blang site. Also on the bill are Head and Shoulders (featuring Jowe Head ex-TVPs/Swell Maps), Sheffield's ethereal balladeer Michael Eden and lo-fi psychotic folk man The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience.

New single Here Come The Popes (Part 3) is now expected in September followed by album High Slang either in Autumn or New Year. Early mixes from the album are currently on MySpace.

 
March Newsroom
Sunday, 09 March 2008

VIDEO
The band are filming a video for Here Come The Popes Part 3 in London on Sunday 16th. Although they haven’t found a new drummer yet (they’ve been concentrating on the new recordings). So if you want to guest on drums in the vid get in touch with them.

SINGLE
Here Come The Popes Part 3 will be backed with Dentist To The Stars which is also currently on the band’s MySpace playlist. Expected release date is June or July on Blang. 7” vinyl and download.

ALBUM
The band are still slowly working on the 4th album when they get the chance. They hope to finish it in April and release it in September.

SOLO GIG
Joe plays solo at Blang at the 12 Bar Club this Wednesday 12th along with Ashley Reaks, Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band and The Stage Sages.

 
February Newsroom
Monday, 04 February 2008

LINE-UP CHANGES
Buzfuz have parted company with drummer Martin Parker and will soon be looking for a new sticksperson. In addition Kate is taking a sabbatical until September while she finishes the rest of her course, although she’s still recording in the studio.


ALBUM
4th album A Likely Story is slowly being worked on at One Cat in Brixton. Ian Button has been in to guest on drums. The first 4 mixes are at the MySpace page.


SINGLE
Here Come The Popes Part 3 is next single. It needs a remix. A video is being discussed with a film director in Manchester.

GIGS
Joe has two solo gigs coming up at the 12 Bar Club. At Blang supporting Thomas Truax on Feb 13th and at the Antifolk Fest on Feb 16th with The TV Personalities and lots more. See Gigs. He’ll be joined by a mystery guest musician.

AND FINALLY
Tom Robinson played Here Come The Popes Parts 2 and 3 on BBC Radio 6 a few weeks ago, describing it as ‘something a bit special’.


Sgt Buzfuz are mentioned in this month’s Mojo (with Radiohead on cover) in a review of an album by Lupen Crook, who they are compared to.

 
December Newsroom
Saturday, 01 December 2007

JOE’S BROTHER’S BOOK.
My brother Brendan has written a book to tie in with the 150th anniversary of Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club who formed in 1857. It was published in October by Sports Books. It’s a fascinating and irreverent look at how football evolved in Victorian times in England’s public schools and Sheffield’s factories. It’s a perfect Xmas present for that football loving relative (and indeed anyone interested in rugby, cricket and Aussie rules too). Every page packed with a potential quiz question. Some of it’s amazing. (Eg, the factory where our Dad worked (and me and Brendan too in summer holidays) had a team which reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup, going out to West Brom). You can get it from Amazon, The Book Depository.com, etc.
“From Sheffield With Love” by Brendan Murphy
Published by Sports Books paperback, RRP £8.99
There’s a Yorkshire Post feature/interview with Brendan here.

GIG CRAPNESS
Something In The Water (me, Polly and Tom Alder’s other band) played a crap gig at The George Tavern this week. No soundcheck, soundman not there ‘till 9, one feeble monitor which we couldn’t hear the vocals in. So we couldn’t hear ourselves singing and apparently neither could anyone else. In hindsight we should’ve just walked off after the first song but we gamely struggled on with the engineer’s tweakings making no difference.
Then tonight I’ve cancelled my solo gig for Filthy Pedro’s night in Archway. I’ve got a sore throat. Which I’m trying to protect for recording vocals on Monday.

GIG AUSPICIOUSNESS
Still, the next Blang on Wednesday Dec 12th should be a cracker with Being 747 and their From Amoeba To Zebra show and the return of Ashley Reaks, the last time he played I laughed continuously for 30 minutes. See Blang site.

RECORDINGS
We’re still slowly recording a new LP on weekends/days off. I’m in on Monday to record vocals and hopefully my voice’ll be better. I’ve had a cold at some point at least during the recording of every single Buzfuz album to date. We’re still planning to release Popes Part 3 as a single and we’re talking to Sam Alder (Tom’s brother) about making a video for it. More news next year.


Keep well
Joe

 
October Newsroom
Tuesday, 02 October 2007

Goodbye and thank you to Cormac O’Hara who has updated these pages since we started the Buzsite. He’s finally had enough and is a busy chicken so from now on the band are going to be updating the pages. Thanks for all your help Cormac.


‘What’s new?’ I fondly imagine thousands of you screaming. We’ve been in the studio. We’ve done 8 songs in 4 days at One Cat, home to our ex-cellist/bassist Jon. The music’s more or less done. I’ve got to go in and sing next, which I’m supposed to be starting on Saturday. Except I’ve caught a bloody cold so we’ll see. We’ll be recording more songs over the next few months. There should be a new LP next year and a single, probably ‘Here Come The Popes (Part 3)’. Maybe on purple papal vinyl…

Oh, and we’re playing at Blang next week which is going to be a great night. Subterraneans headline and there’s Kinkajou and Nadege, all great stuff.
Stay de-tuned
Joe

 
September Newsroom
Monday, 03 September 2007

BUZFUZ TRACK ON COMP CD
Buzfuz have a track on the new UK antifolk compilation CD “AFUK and I”. The album is out now and is in the shops. It’s out on AFUK Records. The Buzfuz track is “Too Stupid” which is an out-take from the Fire Horse album. It’s essentially a Joe solo track. The CD also features Jinx Lennon, Milk Kan, David Cronenberg’s Wife, Filthy Pedro, JJ Crash, The Teenbeat, The Rebel, Matthew Sawyer and The Ghosts, Paul Hawkins and many more.

12 BAR GIG WED 12TH
The band play Blang on Wed 12th with Ian Button (Death In Vegas, Paul Hawkins and Thee Awkward Silences) guesting on drums. It’s the launch party for Malcolm Kaksois’ debut single “Sexy Dentist”. Full line-up etc here.

RECORDING
Sgt Buzfuz go into the studio this weekend to begin recording the next album. They’re recording with Jon Clayton at One Cat.

 
June Newsroom
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

DEBUT GIG FOR NEW LINE-UP
Buzfuz play their first gig with the new line-up at Blang next week. The band are on at 10 15. After Filthy Pedro’s single release launch gig at 9 15. See Blang site Gigs.

FREE DOWNLOADS EACH MONTH
The band have made 4 tracks free to download on their Myspace site. The 4 tracks will be changed each month. This month’s tracks are:


1 Here Come The Popes Part 1 (from The Jewelled Carriageway)
2 It’s Not What You’ve Got It’s Who You Give It To (Jewelled Carriageway)
3 Scratch A Lover (Fire Horse)
4 Tear The Clouds (Obsessive Compulsion…)


SOMETHING IN THE WATER

Something In The Water (Joe Buzfuz, Polly Maclean and guest violinist Tom Alder from David Cronenberg’s Wife) have a busy June. They play a cover of Paul Hawkins’ ‘Mother I’m On TV’ at the Paul Hawkins/L’il Lost Lou split single release party on Friday 8th at The Betsey Trotwood, Farrigdon Road. Free entry!


Then on Saturday 16th they support Dr Strangely Strange at The 12 Bar Club. It’s the first London gig for 34 years from the psych-folkers. The night has sold out.


On Friday June 22nd SITW will be playing as live guests on Johny Brown’s Mining For Gold mix show on London’s volunteer-run art radio station Resonance 104.4 FM. 11 pm to midnight. Can be heard outside London on www.resonancefm.com.

RATIONAL FOR THE HARDCORE
Buzfuz were mentioned passingly in last week’s TimeOut in a preview of the Homefires festival, debating the merits of its becoming less strictly "folk" based: "...this year's Homefires is a more musically varied affair than any of its predecessors [...]If for you this is like Dylan going electric (or Sergeant Buzfuz going rational, for the real hardcore), you should check out Sunday's Upset The Rhythm hop." No, us neither… but nice for the band to get a mention.

ANTIFOLK COMPILATION
There’ll be a Sergeant Buzfuz track on an upcoming antifolk compilation CD compiled by JJ Crash and released on the AFUK label. The Buzfuz track is ‘Too Stupid’ which is an out-take from the Fire Horse CD. More news soon, word is on a summer release.

 
April Newsroom
Monday, 02 April 2007

The band have drafted in John Paul Jones as new bass player. Not the guy from Led Zeppelin though. We’ll do a Meet The Band feature on him soon.


You can read Joe’s tourblog of the Feb tour up north and Scotland at Myspace.
Joe is solo at this month’s Blang at the 12 Bar Club on Wed 11th, see Blang gigs.

 
Bronchitis
Thursday, 15 February 2007

Joe Buzfuz has bronchitis and missed last night’s Blang 5th Anniversary/Valentine’s Special. Tom Mayne took over the MC-ing. Joe is on antibiotics and an inhaler and should be ok for the tour next week.
See Blang site for news of the night.

 
February Newsroom
Monday, 05 February 2007

WHITE ROSE AND THISTLES TOUR
Joe sets out on a tour of the kingdoms of Yorkshire and Scotland on Feb 18th accompanied by Polly MacLean who has guested as a duet singer on a lot of his solo gigs. It’s a homecoming tour for Yorkshireman Joe and Scots lass Polly. The dates are:
All February ’07:


Sunday 18 HULL Adelphi
Wednesday 21 INVERNESS Market Bar
Thursday 22 ABERDEEN MUSA (supporting John Otway)
Friday 23 EDINBURGH Henry’s Cellar Bar
Saturday 24 SHEFFIELD Red House


Note that the Edinburgh venue has now changed (it was previously at The Café Royal).

And there’s a tour warm-up gig on Valentine’s Night at Blang at the 12 Bar Club. The night also marks the 5th anniversary of the Blang night. See Blang.

 
January news room
Saturday, 13 January 2007

GUDBYE T' JON
Jon Clayton will leave his role as Buzfuz bass/cello player after the gig at The Archway Tavern next Saturday. Jon joined Charlotte Hatherley’s band as bassist last year and with 2007 set to be a busy year for Charlotte and her band Jon has decided to quit. Jon also plays with Stuffy/The Fuses and in a project with his girlfriend Jen.
The band wish him the best of luck for the future. Jon will probably continue to act as engineer/producer for Buzfuz recordings.


WHITE ROSE AND THISTLES TOUR
The Archway gig was set to be the last band gig for a while anyway as Joe is focussing on solo activity. February sees a short tour of Yorkshire and Scotland for Joe accompanied by Polly MacLean of Kinkajou on duetting duties. The White Rose and Thistles Tour sees Yorkshireman Joe and Scots lass Polly return home to visit Hull, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sheffield. See Gigs. In March Joe is to start recording a solo Buzfuz album.


SHAKENSTIR ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Jewelled Carriageway was chosen as one of Shakenstir.co.uk’s albums of the year for ’06. As with Fire Horse the album was ignored in the mainstream press but appreciated in the underground!


CARGO DISTRIBUTE ALBUM
Cargo are distributing the Blang label so The Jewelled Carriageway is now available in specialist record shops across the UK.

 
Swallows video online!
Thursday, 04 January 2007

Happy New Year one and all!
The first proper Buzfuz video, ie it’s directed and edited etc, is now online at Youtube and this website.
It was directed by Tom Mayne of David Cronenberg’s Wife with help from Hannah of The Bicycle Thieves.

Next band gig is sat Jan 20th at The Archway Tavern.

Joe's playing a bunch of new songs at the late slot at Blang Wed 10th at 11 30.

 
December news, looking back: 2006, forward: 2007
Monday, 18 December 2006

Happy Christmas to all who came to gigs or bought records this year! We hope you and your’s have a peaceful Xmas.
The first Buzfuz video on Youtube is a live performance of Who Are You? From the August gig at The Windmill in Brixton.
Last week’s Xmas Blang featured Xmas songs from all the acts and Joe guested on electric (“Judas” shouted Filthy Pedro when Joe played it in the earlier Buzfuz set) guitar for Paul Hawkins And Thee Awkward Silences. The Buzfuz set concluded with Filthy Pedro, Lou Psyche and Paul Hawkins joining Polly and Joe on kazoos for Fairytale Of New York.
Joe and Polly made their first appearance under the name Smoke And Mirrors at the Xmas Bucket Of Fun in Stoke Newington on Friday.


The band’s highlights of 2006 included:
The 50th Blang in March
The Jewelled Carriageway being released in September
The launch gig for the LP at Camden Rock Café
Swallows becoming the first Buzfuz song to get national radio play on radio 3’s Mixing It
Making their first video (for Swallows – more news on this very soon).


Expect news early in ’07 about:
A solo Joe tour of the kingdoms of Yorkshire and Scotland in February.
The video for Swallows directed by Tom Mayne of DCW.
Blang Records releasing records by Filthy Pedro and David Cronenberg’s Wife.
More Blangs at the 12 Bar Club including the 5th anniversary/Valentine’s special on Feb 14.
Happy Xmas
Sergeant Buzfuz xxxxx

 
Swallows update
Thursday, 23 November 2006

Live favourite Swallows is currently on the Oxide playlist. That’s the Oxford University student station. The video for the song is almost finished, it’s being put together by Tom Mayne from David Cronenberg’s Wife and someone called Hannah.


Rumour 1 – Joe is making several guest appearances as guitarist for other bands in December.


Rumour 2 – Joe and Polly (from Kinkajou) are playing a gig as a duo under a new non-Buzfuz non-Kinkajou name at the December Bucket Of Fun.

 
Three gigs this week
Saturday, 11 November 2006

3 Buzfuz gigs next week. Joe’s playing solo on Tuesday (14th) at the Antifolk Rule Of 4 night at The Water Poet where he’s playing 4 new songs. Then 2 band gigs on Saturday 18th at the 12 Bar Club’s Antifolk Fest and Sunday 19th at Blackheath Concert Halls. All 5 Buzfuzzers are playing these gigs. See Gigs
More news soon about the video for Swallows.

 
Songbirds gig cancelled
Thursday, 02 November 2006

Joe’s solo gig at the Songbirds night tomorrow has been cancelled. It’ll be rescheduled soon.

 
Sounds XP review
Saturday, 14 October 2006

The new album gets a lovely review at SoundsXP.

 
Album on Blang site/Morning Star feature
Monday, 02 October 2006

The new album is available to buy at the Blang shop.
In addition it’ll soon be in the shops, distributed by Cargo. And it’s available to download at Napster and Tunetribe.
Last Wednesday the band were mentioned on the front cover of The Morning Star which ran a review of the album along with a look at the UK and New York antifolk scenes. You can read the text of it here.

 
Thanks
Monday, 25 September 2006

The band want to thank everyone who came to the album launch gig on Friday. They had a fantastic night.
The new album is available at Napster. We’ll let you know when we spot it at other download shops. It’ll be available at the Blang label site as soon as they get their act together!
Meanwhile there’s a great little review of the album at shakenstir.com.

 
Album released as download this Friday
Monday, 18 September 2006

The Jewelled Carriageway will be released digitally this Friday 22nd, the day of the launch gig at Camden Rock Café. A list of online shops will be posted soon, but it should be in all the obvious ones.
Meanwhile the CD release day remains Mon 25th. It’ll be available on the Blang website very soon.

 
Interview in this week's Timeout
Tuesday, 12 September 2006

A double page feature on London antifolk in this week’s Timeout features an interview with Joe. He stressed in the interview that he doesn’t think of Buzfuz as antifolk, despite loving the scene and Blang being a major platform for AFUK acts. However, not for the first time, Buzfuz are presented as an antifolk band. “Everyone keeps calling us antifolk so maybe we are” said Joe today. “It’s not surprising, I put on loads of antifolk and I play at the antifolk festivals so I can’t complain. I said I don’t consider us antifolk but I suppose that doesn’t fit with the story.”
This month’s Blang night is tomorrow and features Shibuya Crossings, The Wave Pictures, Angel Racing Food, Matt Dolphin and William Nein, see Blang.

 
Radio 3
Saturday, 09 September 2006

‘Swallows’ was played on Radio 3’s Mixing It programme on Friday night. You can still here the programme online here:

 
Timeout interview
Sunday, 03 September 2006

Joe was interviewed by Timeout this week for an upcoming issue on London’s music scenes. Joe was asked about the antifolk scene, many of whose performers have played at Blang. Issue should be out Sep 12th.
In the meantime the new album has a 9 star review at Room 13
Ok, it’s 9 out of 13, but who’s counting?

 
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