So, yeah, we’ve kept a bit of a low profile the last half of the summer, but we’ve got a new ride, some new drums, a new Bachelor’s Degree (congrats to Mr. B!), and some new tunes ready for the new school year. Two shows on the books for Sept:
Bands We Played With: 28 Data Drums, Mystic Light Casino, Hoca Christ Devil, Little Baby Tendencies, Twin Heart Trap, Psych-o-Positive, Creek and Kills, Hellco, Poppy, Chino, The Koosmans, Creem Circus, Aaron Shone, Witch Baby, Captain Obvious, Hans/West Nile Crows, Tunesmiths, Hooter and the Doobers, Shoelace Temple, Basilica, Corporate Mascot, Country Death, Ttotals, Turquoise Tiger, Benadriil, Escatado, Crooked Bones, and The Jet Noise
Bands We Were Supposed to Play With But Didn’t Due to “Unfortunate Circumstances”: 3 Foxycontin, Zilla, Billy Ruben and the Elevated Enzymes
Miles Traveled: 4825 Gas Cost: $854
States Traveled: 17 TX. LA. MS. TN. AL. WV. VA. PA. NJ. NY. OH. MI. IN. IL. WI. KY. AR.
Hospitality of Friends: 9
Pets Met: 27 Cats: 6 Dogs: 5 Birds: 2 Fish: 14
Biggest Expense: Gas (prices ranged from $4.01 to $5.98 per gallon)
MVPs: David Mason, Kris and Trisha Gurley, Haley Ivey, Robyn Smith, James and Sheila Farmer, Ron and Allison Palermo, Kate Bell, Paul Kowalchuk, Sister Molecule Collective, Craig Heim, Scott Atkins, Evan Stone, Jim and Colleen Fiumara, Eric McM, Sean Padilla, Tabin, Brian Miles, Dr. Dana, Billy Ruben, Chris Grucza.
Thanks to everyone who booked us, shared a stage with us, came to see us, told their friends about us, bought merch, bought us food or lodging, let us stay at their house, or otherwise contributed to the tour.
We had a blast, and couldn’t have done it without y’all!
Our very own Sleepy Redhead (aka Maren Farmer Art) has created 12″ x 12″ paintings for each of the songs on the Peaches & Herbicide album! These are for sale on our bandcamp page: https://prof-fuzz63.bandcamp.com/merch
The Prof.Fuzz 63 “Peaches & Herbicide” A PF63 Release (PF63-01) 2022
“Peaches & Herbicide,” the fifth full-length album from “The AC/DC of Richardson TX,”* The Prof.Fuzz 63, is scheduled for release on 27 May 2022. The album is self-released, in association with Sister Molecule Collective.
The eleven-track album, recorded and mixed by Michael Scarborough at Echo Base in Bryan TX and Fort Collins CO, and mastered by Stephen Finley at Sugar Hill in Houston TX, finds the PF63 family revisiting some old songs and exploring new possibilities of Open D guitar tuning on a number of plague-years tunes. The guitars are loud, gritty, and fuzzy; the organ lays a heavy sonic foundation, punctuated by dirty piano accents; while the drums pound and punch relentlessly. There are maracas too. And as always, the lead vocals are literally phoned-in by The Professor.
The opening track is an amped up remake of a signature song from the band’s 2016 debut. In “Van Stoner’s Stoner Van (over the limit),” the titular character finds the accelerator pedal of the titular vehicle and burns rubber down the highway to hell.
“(Do the) New Plague!” opens with a brief homage to The Fall before launching into a heavy danceable riff backed by a second fuzzed-out guitar, courtesy of Michael Scarborough (Ex-Optimists, Charm Bomb). The lyrics urge the listener to dance, even as the world suffers through the twin plagues of ignorance-and-misinformation, and coronavirus.
“Spaceman Fist (Buzz Aldrin’s Greatest Hit)” honors the second man on the moon for his most significant accomplishment: punching a moon landing denier in the face. The chorus will have you singing along and punching the air (or idiots) in no time.
“Alien Tow Truck Driver” parades a cast of oddball characters through a narrative landscape that is vague and suggestive, yet it’s ultimately unclear what exactly is going on. Two versions of this song appear on the album: this surf-tinged take, and a faster and fuzzier rendition that closes the album under the abbreviated title of “AAAlien TTD.”
Side XXX (of the LP edition) closes with a cross-fade of “The Ballad of Los Panchos,” a short maraca-driven ditty praising a Texas all-you-can-eat Mexican diner (Pancho’s), into the Flipper-esque enviromental anthem “The Forestry” (originally written in 1981 by Professor Fuzz and his high school friend George Spelvin).
On the flipside (LP edition only; please do not attempt to flip your CD or digital files!), Side 63, the album’s title track, “Peaches & Herbicide,” kicks off with an open-tuned slide guitar riff that segues into a droning 1-2 1-2 beat in an unabashed love song, punctuated with the chorus-declaration “I’m drunk on peaches and herbicide!” Is there any other way?
“Fire on a Chain” stays in the Open D tuning but twists it into the service of a minor-keyed post-punk ode to a woman with good genes (i.e., red hair), before blowing up and out with a somewhat familiar sounding fuzzed-out walk-down outro.
Once again, the band adopts a Flipper song and warps it into something recognizable yet entirely their own. “Ha Ha Ha,” the flipside of Flipper’s 1981 “Love Canal” 7” (also covered by PF63 on their 2020 album “Owls”) becomes a laconic organ-driven sing-along. Legally licensed, so the Flipper guys get paid.
“Plastic Cup / The World (Still) Needs Nevada” revisits a tune originally recorded for the Dreamy Life Records “Group Therapy 4” tape. Stolen from The Fibs in a dream, the 2017 version clocked-in at just over six minutes, and painted a dirgey abstract commemoration of the life of the late north Texas musician Nevada Hill. Here, the band ramps up the tempo (to under five minutes of run time) and transforms the tune into a joyous celebration of life, suitable for both the memory of the late Mr. Nevada Hill, and those we collectively lost during the plague years.
“AAAlien TTD” closes out the album with a fuzzed-up re-take of “Alien Tow Truck Driver” (from Side XXX), with its images of love triangles, Elvis, aliens, tow trucks, and a dead boyfriend careening along some dark desert highway into oblivion and feedback. Sure. Why the hell not?
“Peaches & Herbicide” is (initially) available on CD and digital download (an LP version is in the works; stay tuned!) on the PF63 bandcamp page:
A01 van stoner’s stoner van (over the limit) [1:59] A02 (do the) new plague! [3:48] A03 spaceman fist (buzz aldrin’s greatest hit) [2:41] A04 alien tow truck driver [3:41] A05 the ballad of los panchos [0:53] A06 the forestry [3:37]
B01 peaches & herbicide [3:27] B02 fire on a chain [3:40] B03 ha ha ha [2:53] B04 plastic cup/the world (still) needs nevada [4:50] B05 AAAlien TTD [3:57]
Next up is our first-ever show in our city of residence (outside of Casa de Fuzz)!
We’ll be sharing a Sunday evening stage with two other hyper-local bands, The Two Watts, and Safety Meeting, at Guitars & Growlers on Campbell in Richardson, in the very shadow of my place of employment. Early show. Safety Meeting kicks things off at 6:00, followed by The Two Watts at 7:00, and we close things out at 8:00. https://www.facebook.com/events/1374567342988055
Friday night we play Andy’s Bar in Denton for the first time since 2016 batting lead-off in front of our friends Crooked Bones, The Infamists, and Posival (who release a new album that night). We’re gonna play a short set starting right at 8, so don’t be late if you wanna get fuzzed up with us. https://www.facebook.com/events/319750746243110
Saturday we play on Day 2 of the Psychedelic Panther Fest at Main at South Side in Fort Worth. The whole fest is gonna be amazing! 29 bands! Artists! Food vendors! We’re gonna play a longer set of some of our more psych-adjacent tunes on the inside stage at 6:00 PM. Come early. Stay late. Psyche up your panthers. https://www.facebook.com/events/374742311130609
The fun we had in Houston and Beaumont this weekend will be hard to top, but we’re gonna give it our best shot this Friday in Bryan at The 101 for some First Friday rock and roll with our friends Casbah Club and The Wheel Workers, and then again on Saturday in Fort Worth at MASS with The Cush and The Me-Thinks!
The video for “Nudist Buddhist Judas Priest Fan,” lovingly crafted by Ryan J. Gill of The Other Ass, has been featured on the current episode of Back to the Music (episode #53), along side videos by Sleaford Mods, The AquaDolls, IDLES, MC-16, Drake, and others. Check it out here: https://www.toxickatproductions.com/back-to-the-music
The van will be heading south for a fuzzy weekend at the end of the month! Friday March 25, we join our friends The Wheel Workers, and Nerve Curlers at Dan Electros. Saturday March 26, we rock the fishtank at Thirsty’s in Beaumont for three unique sets from 10 PM to 1 AM.
March comes in like a lion (or tiger, or owl) next Friday night at GROWL Records in Arlington. We share the stage again with our friends The Sewing Jar, and for the first time with fellow Boston Terrier parents American Werewolf Academy!
Music starts at 8:30. Grab a beverage from Division Brewing and rock out!
Saturday. 29 January 2022. We’ll be kicking off the festivities at MASS, followed by Big Heaven, and Itchy Richie and the Burnin’ Sensations. There will be cupcakes of both orientations (gluten and glutenless). Yeehaw! Mask up. Rock out. https://www.facebook.com/events/152151847128671
Saturday night live in Denton! We’ll be joining Posival, Gorgeous Hair, Ceclia, and Everything is Temporary for an evening of tacos, beer, and music at Killer’s. Music starts at 7 PM. Bring your vax card. Mask up. Rock out.
“Nudist Buddhist Judas Priest Fan” is the first video release from our 2019 album, “Kirvin Streetman’s Sugar Bride Blues” on Dreamy Life Records. This animated short finds PF63 and The Other Ass’s idiot savant Ryan J. Gill once again joining forces on a song that began life as a mic check ditty and gradually evolved into a full-on crowd pleasing dumb rock anthem. Mr. Gill deserves an Academy Award for sneaking in countless heavy metal easter eggs into this sub-three-minute video. And the song, yeah, it’s total fantasy. A woman like this couldn’t be real. Or could she? If you know her, let us know. Asking for a friend…
We’re unleashing a new video for an old song on NYE!
During the intermission of our Virtual New Year’s Eve Party on FB, we’ll be premiering Ryan J. Gill’s (The Other Ass) soon-to-be Academy Award winning video. Tune in at 10:00 PM Central for more heavy metal easter eggs than you can fit in a studded-leather cod-piece!