Formed in October 2015, five-piece FUSS have been creating a buzz around the Liverpool area since their debut show supporting The Vryll Society just a couple of months later that December. Comprised of David Baddeley and Tony Dixon on guitars and vocals, bassist Karl Byrne, drummer Bobby Reardon and Cormac Gould on synths, their cosmically-inclined blend of shoegaze and dreamy psych pop has been given a big thumbs up from local publications such as the Liverpool Echo and Getintothis, as well as being supported by BBC Introducing and Radio Soho, among others. Their self-titled debut EP is scheduled to land via ModernSky UK on 1st September. Recorded with Tom Longworth of The Vryll Society, they will be hosting an EP launch party at Leaf Café on Bold Street on 11th August. In the fifth of our series of interviews with the Liverpool Psych Fest congregation, we spoke to FUSS about their upcoming appearance at the festival.
How would you describe your music?
Its 2 for 1, buy one get one free, 5 for the price of 3, you know, psychy/poppy.
Who or what have been the biggest influences on your sound?
Dylan, Young, the synthfluence of Numan and Kraftwerk, classic kids TV and smokes.
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What made you want to play at Liverpool Psych Fest and will this be your first time?
We’ll its certainly the best festival we’ve been to in Liverpool. We’re really looking forward to playing it for the first time.
How well do you know Liverpool and what’s your favourite thing about the city?
We all live here and know it very well, you’ll probably sight us in Aigburth and Lark Lane. Liverpool has it’s own vibe, like no other city in this country.
Indoor festivals have been growing in popularity in recent years, have you played at many of them and how do they compare to outdoor events?
It tends to rain a lot round here so if it’s indoor it’s sound. Indoors and outdoors both have very different atmospheres, indoors tend to be more intense we’ve found.
What’s your favourite festival memory?
Bobby’s Dad bought us all a pint on a hot sunny day in a festival in Winsford once. Was much appreciated.
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Have you ever dabbled in psychedelics? If so, how would you describe your experience?
I’m not a grass, but they’re boss.
Apart from yourselves, who would you recommend people see at Liverpool Psych Fest?
Holy Drug Couple, Jane Weaver, Songhoy Blues, Acid Arab. And obviously the Black bloody Angels buddy.
Why should festival goers take time out to come and see you play? What can they expect from your live set?
People should come see us because they’ll dance in their pants. Expect teleportation to your childhood dreams and emotions.
FUSS will be performing at Liverpool Psych Fest on Friday 22nd September. You can follow them on both Facebook and Twitter. To hear more of their music head over to Soundcloud and YouTube, or you can check out a recent 25-minute live performance from when they visited Pirate Studios.
The sixth edition of Liverpool Psych Fest will take place at Camp & Furnace on 22nd and 23rd of September. Check out our review of last year’s festival here. For more details about this year’s event head over to www.LiverpoolPsychFest.com. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.