Noise has never sounded as good as it does when Fuoco are about. With conviction the duo torment the eardrums with their insatiable, lusty, grunge rock. On last year’s ‘Perverted Gaze’ EP, the duo delivered a melody drenched, squealing succubus of intent: primal and devilishly good. Trust me, just one listen and you won’t be able to stop.
We caught up with the singer and guitarist from Fuoco, James Gale, to talk about his formative years and would you believe it, his love for One Tree Hill.
Did music choose you or did you choose music? Was it always the dream job?
I always dreamt about being a footballer but I was never fast enough so I stopped. Music was always in my life but I didn’t appreciate playing it until I gave up trying to be a great footballer. Music was the only thing I could think of doing.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I got a guitar when I was really young but I couldn’t play it properly so I stopped playing it for couple of years and started learning drums. Guitar came back into my life a bit later.
What does music mean to you?
Without sounding cheesy, it’s the only thing I’m good at. It’s the only thing I feel comfortable talking to other people about. I put music on without the intention of listening to music sometimes, it really does mean a lot to me.
Where did you play your first gig?
I played at this small pub in Kent called the Command House. I was playing drums in a wannabe Arctic Monkeys band. It was really fun. I was about 15 and the gig was 18+ so I got really drunk afterwards in the place. I thought I was so cool but I was just a lame 15 year old.
What has been the definitive record that has made the most impact on your life?
I grew up saying that The Strokes first album was the thing that made me want to be a guitarist. It still applies in some sense but I prefer erraticism so I’d probably say Pixies Doolittle. I couldn’t put my finger on the kind of album it was until I was in Fuoco.
What is your earliest musical memory?
My parents told me that when I was younger I used to sing Elvis Presley – ‘You Were Always On My Mind’. I fucking hate Elvis but as a child I used to love singing his songs because in my head his voice just sounded like a man farting I guess.
Who is your favourite songwriter?
Me and my girlfriend watched ‘20,000 days on earth’ the other day and it reminded me that if there is one person who captures the emotion and the intensity of a song, it’s definitely Nick Cave. I wish I had the power to write in the way he does. I’m very lazy when it comes to writing songs. The lead singer of Eyehategod also writes some really incredible stuff. They’re my main two at the minute.
If your music was a person, what would its personality traits be?
I think if Fuoco was a person. He/she would be a dick. Me and Toni both write about horrible things. I doubt Fuoco would be a nice person. We’re both lovely people (I hope) but our band is a dickhead.
A song lyric that means a lot to me is…
‘I don’t want to be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately’. It’s from the theme song to One Tree Hill. Me and all my friends are obsessed with One Tree Hill. When the intro music comes on we all sing it at the top of our voices. It’s really silly.
A song that describes my current mood/frame of mind at this time is…
Probably Pavement – Cut Your Hair. I’m contemplating dying my hair green soon so it feels quite fitting (I’m also listening to ‘Crooked Rain Crooked Rain’ as I write this).
Fuoco’s ‘Perverted Gaze’ EP is out now on Sexx Tapes. Buy it here.