I’ve never quite been able to pinpoint Fergus & Geronimo. Upon first listen, I saw them as healthy additions to the world of garage, fuzzed out guitar bros from Texas. Unlearn though was some other beast altogether, the fuzz turned on it’s head, a new, amalgamated blend of rock and pop and doo-wop, that took me completely by surprise. And let the surprises keep coming. This newest track veers sharply away from the sweet tunes of the last album, coming out of the gate with a guttural snarl pasted to it’s lips. Gone are the intricacies, at least on “Roman Tick”, replaced with high energy, and a thin crust of gutter sneer.
Hometown heroes Hardly Art will release Funky Was The State of Affairs on August 7th.
I’ve been trying to suss out the sound of Hardly Art’s recent signee Fergus & Geronimo for a while now. They’ve attacked the sort of lo-fi/garage sound in a similar way White Denim has. That is to say, with a torrent of activity which stretches their musical wings across a vast expanse of musical sounds. ”Baby Don’t You Cry” wears its love for The Rolling Stones heavily on the sleeve. You can almost imagine a top-hatted Mick Jagger pelvic-thrusting his way through a live rendition of the song. With bubble-gum bass and scrappy guitar attacks, the song is dragged across the threshold of modern garage rock and the collusion between the two is both classic and amazing.
I’ve been holding on to Fergus & Geronimo’s “Turning Blue” for a bit now, it’s poppy jangle rolling around in my head, keeping me awake at night, thoughts of the coming summer heavy on my mind. This isn’t a garage rock summer, or a punk rock summer, or the chillwave summer we’ve come to know. This is a summer spent at a boardwalk, cotton candy in one hand, a corn-dogger in the other. Your skin is tight from a day on the beach, perhaps you’re meeting a special someone by the pylons later in the day.
It’s catchy, bubbly rock ‘n’ roll and though it’s only March, I’m already yearning for the clouds to break and the sunshine rays to come streaming through. Fergus & Geronimo you are an early marker of what to expect.