Fudge. are having a very special single release next month, and to celebrate we thought it was finally time for a chat with guitarist Otto. Read on below and you’ll see that they have a very big year coming up.
By Jane Howkins
How was 2018 for you? Are there any particular highlights you can tell us about?
2018 was pretty mad for us; definite highs and lows and a great number of quality gigs that absolutely went off. Oh, and on Halloweeen we shaved our drummers (Bangus) head and he looked fit. We were in the club for about ten minutes and he was getting licked from chin to ear lobe by a girl in a Barbie top. She asked him for sex in the bathroom, which he politely declined. The baldy look is ding bits for that boy.
Are you excited for next year? Do you have anything exciting planned, either in the music world or in your personal life?
Music wise we are going to carry on writing and gigging and getting our beautiful faces everywhere we can. Personal wise, New Year new me, isn’t it? NOPE. We just want to be better versions of ourselves from last year, the band included.
You have your second single coming out in February, called Not a Threat Just a Warning; what can you tell us about the track?
And you’re having a special launch night gig at Leeds Lending Room on 22 February to celebrate the release of the track. Will you be doing anything special to celebrate? Will it be any different to a normal Fudge gig?
We’re buzzing, to be fair. No Fudge. gig can really be described as normal, if we’re honest. We plan to take the roof off on 22 February. There will also be the phattest of sessions at our house afterwards. Anyone who puts our windows through isn’t welcome, though. That’s happened enough recently.
Do you have any more singles planned for release? Why did you pick this track to be a single, and how do you know a song is right to be a single?
To be honest Not a Threat Just a Warning was so last minute. We originally decided to go into the studio with a different tune we have, YFFG. It’s a bit more mellow yet still has the Fudge. attitude to it. Essentially, though, we thought that Not a Threat Just a Warning was better for the band going forward. We would record all of our tunes and release them right now if we could, but that costs serious money and we don’t have that right now because we’re all poor, impoverished students.
Do you have any plans to release an EP in the future? And, if so, what can you tell us about it?
An EP is hopefully next on the list for us. It’ll have a range of tunes that will pick you up and drop you back off again in the exact same place, but you’ll have been somewhere, you know? Imagine Morgan Freeman picks you up in your favourite car and takes you for a spin. The weather’s good, the scenery is quality and, at the end of the journey, he drops you back at your house, only to find that you’ve left your wallet in the car. It’s all a bit unbelievable but now you will have to go on the same journey again, but this time you will take your friends with you so they know you weren’t lying about the amazing time you had. It’s going to be like that, only a bit better.
Do you have any more tour dates planned yet for next year? If so, do you know when and where will they be?
There are going to be loads of dates in 2019, for absolute certain. We can’t tell you just yet, though, it’s a secret. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
What sort of things influence you most as musicians; and what have you been listening to recently that you can recommend for us to check out?
We’re listening to a lot of our boys from Serratone; we lived with their bass player in our first year of University and played together here and there. Check ‘em out. Big influences for the band as a whole include, but are not restricted to, Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, Slaves, Skepta, Devilman, Rage Against the Washing Machine, The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Strange Bones, Foals and Queens of The Stone Age.
What can people expect from one of your shows, and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?
Our entire motive is about getting people to think for themselves and to stop consuming the stuff that’s force fed to them. Come down. Embrace the madness. I wholeheartedly believe that you’ll have a great night irrelevant of who you are. We humbly believe we are going places and our gigs absolutely go off. We have to believe in ourselves though, otherwise this wouldn’t work. So come on down and see for yourselves. When was the last time you took up a random offer and it turned out to be amazing? It’s about time. See you there. We also love it when people give us feedback, so if you fancy coming down just to tell us we’re shit, go for it.
Any last words for your fans?
If this is your first time, remember to use protection. Be gentle but firm. And have the night of your life.