Posts Tagged ‘Knyghts of Fuzz’

LIVE: Ritz Carlton & His Fabulous Band @ the Ale House, 3/2/13

Monday, March 11th, 2013
Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

Review by Fred Rudofsky

Stunned. And amazed. And stunned.

Sixties era garage rock and roll and raunchy takes on ’70s and ’80s pop hits, played with equal ferocity and wit, captivated patrons of the Ale House on a Saturday night in Troy. You had to be there, and if you weren’t, well, then your vanity plate should forever read “DEPRIVED.”

Knyghts of Fuzz, a trio with a penchant for volume, speed and Norton Records-certified distortion, opened with songs that rarely went beyond the three-minute mark. Decked out in striped shirts and referring to each other as “Jackson,” Ian Carlton (guitar and vocals), Frank Novko (bass and backing vocals) and Brian Goodman (drums and vocals) set their amps in the red zone for maximum bleeding and minimal nostalgia, and then drew patrons of the bar into the performance area quickly with classics like “She’s U-G-L-Y,” “Squad Car” and “The Party Lights.” Stragglers were not left behind – at various points in the hour-long set, Novko and Carlton strolled out of the room like crazy woodpeckers and rounded up some more listeners.



LIVE: Knyghts of Fuzz w/ Tim Livingston @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/4/11

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Knyghts of Fuzz: Frank Novko and Ian Carlton

Knyghts of Fuzz: Frank Novko and Ian Carlton

When Last Vestige record store owner Jim Furlong joined the Knyghts of Fuzz at one of their regular Valentine’s happy hour gigs, he busted out Dean Martin’s “Houston” and a lounge-turned-punk take on “Living Downtown” by his former band, the A.D.’s.

Local punker and Blasé DeBris guitarist Duane Beer took the Knyghts out of their garage rock zone by choosing the Misfits’ “Hollywood Babylon” and suggesting the trio cast aside their Monkees-faithful version of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” for the mondo-irreverent Sex Pistols rendition.

Last Friday, Tim Livingston of the Last Conspirators – and formerly of the Albany ‘80s punk band the Morons – became the latest local musician to curate the special guest portion of a Knyghts of Fuzz happy hour, which take place at Valentine’s on the first Friday of every other month.


Five Firsts: Frank Novko of Knyghts of Fuzz, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Knyghts Of Fuzz @ The River Street Beat Shop during April TNO

Knyghts Of Fuzz @ The River Street Beat Shop during April TNO

NAME: Frank Novko
BAND AFFILIATION: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Knyghts of Fuzz
INSTRUMENT: Four-string bass, some guitar and various other string instruments

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I was given Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” on 45 when I was about six years old. When I had some money from my first job at 14, I picked up three – “Led Zepplin IV,” the Who’s “Who Are You” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “One More From the Road,” the live album.


LIVE: The Knyghts of Fuzz & Jim Furlong @ Valentine’s, 3/4/11

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
(From left): Big Frank Novko, Jim Furlong, Brian Goodman and Ian Jackson Carlton

(From left): Big Frank Novko, Jim Furlong, Brian Goodman and Ian Jackson Carlton

Albany’s all-star garage-rockin’ trio the Knyghts of Fuzz roared into Valentine’s Music Hall last Friday in all of their striped-shirt glory. It was a happy hour show, and they were happy indeed, celebrating something new and something old, too.

The “new” was a sizzling slab of red (and red-hot) 7-inch, 45 RPM vinyl on Carlton Records, marking the band’s debut recording. It’s actually a split single that features a pair of KoF tunes – “U.G.L.Y.” and “Let It Go” – as well as a new track by fellow Nippertown garage enthusiasts the Mysteios (“Bustin’ Up Everything”).

“We’re celebrating our new 7-inch vinyl single,” declared guitarist-vocalist Ian Jackson Carlton. “Here’s a song that’s not on it.” With that, the band – which also features drummer Brian Goodman and bassist Big Frank Novko – launched into a jittery, hot-wired rendition of the classic “I’m Not Talkin’.”


Jim Furlong Steps Back Into the Spotlight

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
The Ad's: Jim Roberts, T. Rice, Bob Nati and Jim Furlong

The A.D.'s in 1987: Jim Roberts, T. Rice, Bob Nati and Jim Furlong (photo by David John Lammers)

It’s been quite a loooong time since Jim Furlong stepped out from behind the counter at his Last Vestige Music Shop on Quail St. in Albany and into the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight. But back in the day – “the day” being the ’80s, in this case – he was a powerhouse vocalist and magnetic stage personality – first with his punk-fueled rock band the A.D.’s and later with the garage-rockin’ Trash Knights.

At 6pm on Friday at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, Furlong returns to the stage, sitting in as the special guest with garage-rock trio the Knyghts of Fuzz, as they celebrate the release of their recording debut – a slab of 7-inch vinyl featuring the crowd-pleaser, “U.G.L.Y.”


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