Fuzz Huzzi 

Smell the Streets of Hollywood

Fuzz Huzzi are working the L.A./Hollywood angle for their debut EP, which seems a little weird since they call San Diego home, but whatever. They don't have a sound that comes to mind when I think of the infamous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, but I'm probably too nostalgic for the vintage dirty SoCal rock that got me into music in the first place. Times change, and for all I know this foursome has their collective finger on the pulse of the L.A. music sound and scene.

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Fuzz Huzzi is an indie band that certainly sounds like they could be snapped up by a major label; their music would be far more at home on any corporate radio station than one blasting out of a liberal arts college. All the modern rock lynchpins are here—layered guitar riffs, funk-influenced bass and drum patterns, and alternate singing/screaming vocals. Opener "Hollywood" is, for the most part, a straight-ahead rocker. "State of Confusion," my favorite track, strays more into a funk-based theme, while "Dying Day" is the modern equivalent of the power ballad. "Love" wraps things up with moody, almost-psychedelia alternating with near-metal riffage. If music didn't get good for you until 1995, this is your ticket.

Fuzz Huzzi plays the Top Hat Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 9 PM. Cover TBA.

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