badass mother fuzzersBadass Mother Fuzzers (BMF hereafter) is a trio from the French city of Toulouse, the name of which always brings to mind a famous Johnny Thunders throwaway line about being “born too loose”.

Musically, BMF is a much different kettle of fish but it’s a fair bet they’d appreciate the play on words being applied to their place-of-origin. They sound like they’ve been trying to corrupt Toulouse for years. “Heartbreaker” is more Hip Priests or Zeke than “Live At The Speakeasy”, but the intention is the same: Hit ‘em hard and hit ‘em again.

This is the ball-out, rip-out-your-throat version of punk, rock and roll that a phalanx of bands have been peddling for god knows how long. Eurotrash: It can be a bit “samey”, but when it’s on the money, it clears your sinuses like an economy-sized vat of smelling salts.

Two-thirds of BMF hails from another band named Los Jamones (“The Hams” - allegedly a Ramones tribute act) and I’m betting it’s the engine room because they’re as tight as a Scotsman’s grip on his wallet when it’s his turn to buy a round. Lo Spider (Jerry Spider Gang) produced “Heartbreaker” and has brought guitarist Mick’s fuzzy tones to the fore, although there could have been a bit more bottom end.

“Heartbreaker” is a dozen high-energy tunes with not a note wasted. The Fuzzers sound like a band that’s done some hard yards on the road and, in fact, a quick search will show that they have a US tour under their belt. Not sure how extensive that would be in these frugal times for rock and roll but much respect for that, anyway.

“Heartbreaker” is a manic dash through Riff City with the windows wound right down. Song after song is spat out, Ramones fashion - and some of them even stick. The title track’s one, with its mean guitar figure, pliable bass run and neck-jolting, stop-start structure. It can all be a bit blurry and there’s a clue in a track listing that has “Well Well Well” and “Hey Hey Hey” back-to-back. BMF have a simple formula that repeats itself.

Be warned: “Feel Alright” and “Glad To See You Go” are NOT covers and each hums with valve-amp goodness. “Glad to See You…” is one of the best cuts. “Shoot Me Down” is another knee-shaker that's over-flowing with fuzz, while the mid-paced “The Other Side” is the song closest to a ’60s garage feel - or a pause for breath - that you'll find on "Heartbreaker". 

It's released by French label Pitshark who deal in all sorts of excellent stuff so don’t say you can’t find it.


Pitshark Records on the Web

Badass Mother Fuzzers on Bandcamp