Posts Tagged ‘The Knyghts of Fuzz’

LIVE: The Split Squad @ River Street Pub, 8/3/14

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
The Split Squad

The Split Squad

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Three men in horizontally striped shirts are referring to each other as “Jackson”; their instruments are buzzing with volumes atypical of a mellow mid-summer, mid-afternoon in the middle of Troy. It’s Sunday, it’s the Knyghts of Fuzz, and they are only just getting warmed up.

The River Street Pub has its AC set for polar, but the frenzied heat of the garage rock has been winning out since Ian Carlton (guitar), Frank Novko (bass) and Brian Goodman (drums) opened with the blues stomper “I’m Not Talking” and a full-tilt “Hide and Seek” that features all three on vocals. Goodman’s eyes bug out as he pounds the skins and sings his guts out during a cool cover of the Jefferson Airplane’s “3/5’s of a Mile in 10 Seconds” and the original composition “Genny.” Carlton’s a live wire on the Electric Prunes’ “Get Me to the World on Time,” singing and playing at a tempo that leaves him drenched in sweat and the growing crowd howling for more. Novko’s bass rumbles like a D & H freight train during his take on “Hey Sha Lo Ney”; Carlton breaks two strings in the process, “a first” he declares while retrieving his spare guitar.



LIVE: The Lawn Sausages @ The Hangar, 12/14/13

Monday, January 6th, 2014
The Lawn Sausages

The Lawn Sausages

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

They said it couldn’t be done, but there it was on stage at The Hangar in Troy – a reunion of the Lawn Sausages. Call it an early Christmas present for Local 518 music fans of questionable taste…

Of course, it wasn’t pretty. Never was. Never will be.


LIVE: Los Straitjackets & the Knyghts of Fuzz @ the Ale House, 10/3/12

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“I’ve been to a lot of bars and played in a lot of bars, but the Ale House is my favorite!” remarked Eddie Angel, guitarist for Los Straitjackets and hometown hero, an hour and a half prior to taking the stage for the second of their back-to-back standing-room-only shows there last Wednesday.

Since the mid-1990s, Los Straitjackets have played around the world in venues small and large, and on late night national television shows as well. For fans of rocking, melodic instrumentals, the Ale House must have felt like the center of the universe. Wearing their trademark Mexican wrestling masks and decked out in black blazers and skinny ties, the quartet (Angel; Chris “Sugar Balls” Sprague on drums; Pete Curry on bass; and Greg Townson on guitar) opened with their classic, “Pacifica” and followed it with “Casbah,” a perfect one-two punch to start what turned out to be 22 songs for the evening.


LIVE: The Last Conspirators @ Valentine’s, 3/23/12

Friday, April 6th, 2012
The Last Conspirators

The Last Conspirators: Terry Plunkett, Al Kash, TL Stone and Nick Bisanz

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“Thirty years ago this weekend in a shit bar downtown called the Chateau Lounge, a band no one gave a shit about called the Morons did their final gig,” said singer TL Stone (aka Tim Livingston), an original member of the Morons and the current frontman for the Last Conspirators.

He and Morons sax player (and one-time drummer) Max “The Sax” Media had joined opening act the Knyghts of Fuzz onstage at Valentine’s to pay tribute to the 30-year anniversary of the long-defunct Albany group.


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