“The Fumes play sweaty, dirty man blues amid jolts of rock that lurch and veer between metal and, say, the Kings Of Leon. Trust me, the Fumes are smokin’.” — THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Riff rockin blues kings, The Fumes, have reignited with a fierce energy and a new line up proving themselves to fans over a recent run of east coast venues and festivals that they’re back and sounding meaner than ever.
The band is now rolling as a three piece with producer Ryan Hazell (The Drones, The Snowdroppers, Green Buzzard) stepping in on bass as a new full time member. Expect a cocktail of dirty tones and swaying melody that will move your boozy self wherever feels best.
The Fumes soul remains, a new chapter begins. Their 3rd studio album “Bloodless” has been 2 years in the making and not without it challenges.
Founding member Stephen Merry explains in the albums liner notes: “A little while between drinks is definitely a questionable way to start this off, though it’s been a few years between albums for The Fumes. I’ve had most of these songs floating around in my head for at least seven-odd years, some for more, though it took what was really an inevitable breakdown of the then current systems in many areas of my reality – a spell hanging in anguish, paranoia and self abuse, and then the subsequent rebuild (birth) to just get moving again… An interesting time to say the least”.
Roll back a few years and the band were mixing it with heavy hitters, supporting the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, Calexico, Hoodoo Gurus, The Cruel Sea, and major festival appearances like Fuji Rock (Jap), CMJ music marathon, SXSW Austin Texis, Bluesfest, Falls Festival…