Sergeant Buzfuz are a twelve-legged tribe based in South London whose line-up involving violin, dulcimer and mandolin is a mash-up of pop, psychedelia, Celtic folk and punk. They are signed to the Blang label, home also to David Cronenberg’s Wife and Milk Kan.
Sgt Buzfuz have released 4 albums and 3 singles. Latest album High Slang (Feb 09) received rave reviews in NME, TimeOut, Aesthetica and Plan B and was album of the month at Organ.
Sheffield-born singer-songwriter Joe Murphy is writing a series of songs chronicling the history of the Popes. To date there are 7 songs, taking the story to the 1400s. “Here Come The Popes Part 3” (Sep 08), a string-driven romp through the 11th and 12th centuries, was Single of the Month at Playlouder and was included by both Tom Robinson and Mark Lamarr in their end-of-2008 round-ups of favourite tracks. Recent live sessions for Tom Robinson and Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music have seen the Sergeant Buzfuz profile rise.
Joe runs the monthly Blang nights at London’s 12 Bar Club which started in 2002 with a series of appearances from many acts from the New York antifolk scene. This led to Blang becoming the focal point for the nascent London antifolk movement. The nights sparked the formation of Blang Records.
Joe Buzfuz has performed onstage with Jeffrey Lewis (guitar/keys), Thomas Truax (synth), John Otway (giving it a headbutt!), Filthy Pedro (drums) and Paul Hawkins and Thee Awkward Silences (guitar/keys) and recorded with Chris T-T (accordion/bvs) and Johny Brown of Band Of Holy Joy (guitar). He’s toured with T-T and Truax and played New York’s Antifolk Fest and the Sheffield Tramlines Fest. The band have played Truck Fest, the Moseley Folk Fest and the BBC Fresh On The Net Fest (Oct 09).
Drummer Ian Button was the guitarist in Death In Vegas, playing on all their albums.
“Universally charming” NME
“ Dazzling...Referencing 1960s punk, psychedelia, German-rock, Irish folk, glam-rock and drone, Sergeant Buzfuz achieve a harmonious, chiming mash-up, sounding like none of the above. ‘High Slang’ should be the record which catapults the band out of the underground” Aesthetica
“Ceaselessly inventive...14 candidates for John Peel’s Festive Fifty (RIP)” TimeOut
“Buzfuz are a bloody riot” Plan B
“songs full of spirit, an album full of them” Organ (Album Of The Week)
“Blending an awe inspiring instrumental with poetic and story-telling lyrics on each and every song its difficult to be even remotely bored by this band.” Music-Zine
“I can only imagine the sheer joy and possible mayhem that their live gigs contain.” Sandman
“Sergeant Buzfuz definitely do whatever they like and they definitely have something to say. Endearing and compelling,” Supersweet
“Razor-sharp lyrical wit” Alternative Ulster
“The problem with dumbing down radio is that it means most people never to get hear bands like Sergeant Buzfuz.” Fatea Magazine
“One of my favourite songs for some time... I love its spirit, I love the idea behind it, I love the fact that it’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard” Mark Lamarr, Radio 2
“Like the Soft Boys, this is unselfconsciously smart-pop, with a noir-psychedelic twist” (Sounds XP)
“like the Pogues beating up My Life Story....Single of the Month by a mile” Playlouder
“excellent stuff” Marc Riley, BBC 6
“absolutely brilliant” Tom Robinson, BBC 6
“they have taken the Sixties back catalogue and asked Gorky's Zygotic Mynci to give it a remix” bbc.co.uk London Calling