Distortion pedals blaring, fuzzed-up bass lines roaring, drums charging and a vocal that coos with a menacing conviction. It sounds like beautiful chaos, but who wouldn’t want to join this party? Well come on in and meet Kent duo, Fuoco.
Singer/guitarist, James Gale (19) and drummer, Antonio Mennecillo (20) have been creating an uproar with their self-professed ‘death grunge’. The young duo have already garnered support from BBC Introducing and supported the likes of The Amazing Snakeheads and Wild Smiles. Quite frankly, I’m disappointed with myself for not finding them sooner, but now I have, they’ve completely taken my heart.
Having mastered the loud, quiet, loud formula, the duo’s début ‘Perverted Gaze’ EP provides 13 minutes of uninterrupted feral, coursing melody-driven rock. In a time where we are being taught just how raw and raucous the power of two guys, or girls, playing together in a room can be, Fuoco have come along and totally raised that bar even higher.
The 4-track EP rolls in guns-blazing with ‘Fluoxetine’ with an energy that could make Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ seem almost passive. As we dig deeper into their box of tricks, ‘Black Mamba’ runs with a post-punk riff that is insatiable in its allure, snarling and growling with a brooding passion, it is a dream. ‘Cold’ in its sumptuous noir-ish guise continues to crank up the tension, it’s like Nirvana taking acid with Royal Blood. By the time we find ourselves at the final track, ‘Dream Ditch’, there’s not much else to say then bravo. This is one hell of an EP. Ending on a high, ‘Dream Ditch’ sends us into a hysterical fit where an unsettled melody reigns proud under a fiery vocal.