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GET TO KNOW: Fonzy & Company
Following hot on the heels of their highly-praised EP 'Is It Me?' at the end of last year, Bristol-based outfit Fonzy & Company are back on the grind once again with their anthemic new single 'Beyond My Control'.
Channelling a bright and uplifting alt-rock direction from start to finish, 'Beyond My Control' sees the group return in stellar form. Jam-packed with blistering energy, killer hooks, and some truly catchy moments, be ready to start humming this one for hours after first hearing it.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Trumpet. I hated it as it was the brass version of everything I didn't want to be. But then I discovered Ska and wished I had kept it up. Really helped me brush up my theory as well.
What was the first album you remember owning?
It was either Huey Lewis : Sports or Herman's Hermits live…...yep not the coolest - or was it?
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
My first band was called Dead Mile. When I first learned bass at fourteen, all I wanted to do was play Green Day, The Offspring, RHCP just about every cliché band at that time. The guy's in that band found metal and I just wasn't into it at the time - so I pegged it out. I must have had about ten bands in that time with one successful one all ranging in genres dramatically, hence Fonzy and Company is so open when writing - it represents enjoying all aspects of rock.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
There's no such thing as the perfect song - it's a mood thing. I would have written 500 miles by The Proclaimers, purely because as a 'one hit wonder' all these decades later, they still enjoy playing it. To have a song everyone knows and has been used on so many TV shows and movies etc enjoyed by millions and not be sick of it? I'll take those royalties with that optimistic outlook any day.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
I've always written music, but to finally have that platform publicly for it is so rewarding. The context of the songs lyrically means the world to me and I get to tour and write with people I love. The fact we have been compared to every band ever, means each person has their own meaningful and different perspective of the band, which is exactly the intention. I'm yet to hear the same band twice mentioned to us who we remind someone of.
And what about the most frustrating part?
As a young band (May 2019) we were only just kicking off before the pandemic hit, and it's really slowed us down. We are coming back full force later in 2021. I do find the whole being judged on a Facebook page is ironic as well considering we are an anti social media band. We have the platforms sure and they're pretty alright, but to judge a band on an egotistical format of Facebook likes etc is bullshit. If a band can sell and have proven it time and time again as well as having decent music - put them on.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Green Day, Fleetwood Mac, Norah Jones, David Bowie (if time travel is an option) Pixies, Weezer, Aerosmith…..how long do you have?
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
We thrive on the ideals of good and heartfelt music. Whilst we live in the Tic Tok generation, we believe in the power of genuinely written songs and performances. With this in mind, we want to let that voice shine through and teach people that we used to save our money to buy records and get the t-shirt, because they loved it so much. We will be touring as much as we can and will continue to keep releasing tracks. We have America and New Zealand planned as well as most of the UK. Debut album? Just watch this space.
Fonzy & Company's new single 'Beyond My Control' is available to stream now. Check it out below.