Wonderfuzz – 'Get There' Exclusive Video Premiere
It’s not terribly often that a cover band begins releasing original content, but if Wonderfuzz’s new album is any indication, perhaps more of them should.
If you think of all the musical ground they’ve covered together over the past seven years, it makes perfect sense. You may recognize the core members — guitarist Josh Johnson, bassist Jordan Smith and drummer Sam Hoskins — from their original indie rock project, The Slowdown. But as Wonderfuzz, the band regularly performs six decades worth of hits from James Brown to the Foo Fighters, entertaining audiences at private parties, corporate events, weddings, bars and the like.
“Being in a cover band provided us with hours and hours of practicing different styles and grooves in front of audiences,” Johnson said. “We realized we were never really playing the songs like the originals, and we started to build up a lot of creative energy around ‘fuzzing it up.’ It was only natural to start putting ideas together.”
Smith, Wonderfuzz’s lead singer, came up with many of the ideas for their original material.
“Once [Jordan] started finding the spiritual energy to explore those ideas, we thought it was too many band names to market,” Johnson said. “Instead of starting a new band, we just decided to keep it under the same umbrella. The collaborative writing just kinda happened after that.”
The result is an eight-track album that glides through rock ’n’ roll tunes steeped in glam, blue-eyed soul and funk, and highlights Smith’s exuberant falsetto. Its title track also serves as the group’s debut video, a musical performance directed by Shawn Gormley.
Here is The Bridge’s premiere of “Get There,” by Wonderfuzz:
Pick up a CD copy of “Get There” and a limited-edition poster at the release party on Thursday, April 18 at The Riot Room. Wonderfuzz will perform songs from the new album, with support from Rubeo and Grim Repeater. Tickets are available.