Top 30 Songs for May 19-25, 2019

1. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (1)
2. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (3)
3. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (4)
4. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (5)
5. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (2)
6. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (6)
7. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (9)
8. TIME – Morosity (10)
9. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (11)
10. HURT – Oliver Tree (12)
11. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (14)
12. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (7)
13. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (8)
14. STILL FEEL. – half alive (15)
15. LO/HI – The Black Keys (16)
16. MISSED CONNECTION – The Head and the Heart (21)
17. BELOVED – Mumford & Sons (18)
18. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (19)
19. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (20)
20. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (17)
21. BAD LIAR – Imagine Dragons (23)
22. I’LL BE AROUND – Morning Fuzz (24)
23. NOT WORTH IT – The Only Route (25)
24. OLD MAN’S WAR – Roadkeeper (26)
25. CHOKE – I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (27)
26. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (13)
27. APOLOGIZE – grandson (28)
28. SAW LIGHTNING – Beck (30)
29. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (22)
30. MAYBE, I’M AFRAID – lovelytheband (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 12-18, 2019

1. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (2)
2. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (1)
3. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (5)
4. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (6)
5. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (7)
6. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (8)
7. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
8. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (4)
9. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (10)
10. TIME – Morosity (12)
11. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (13)
12. HURT – Oliver Tree (14)
13. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (9)
14. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (15)
15. STILL FEEL. – half alive (17)
16. LO/HI – The Black Keys (16)
17. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (18)
18. BELOVED – Mumford & Sons (19)
19. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (20)
20. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (22)
21. MISSED CONNECTION – The Head and the Heart (26)
22. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (11)
23. BAD LIAR – Imagine Dragons (24)
24. I’LL BE AROUND – Morning Fuzz (25)
25. NOT WORTH IT – The Only Route (27)
26. OLD MAN’S WAR – Roadkeeper (28)
27. CHOKE – I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (29)
28. APOLOGIZE – grandson (30)
29. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (21)
30. SAW LIGHTNING – Beck (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 5-11, 2019

 

1. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (1)
2. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (2)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
4. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (4)
5. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (6)
6. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (7)
7. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (8)
8. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (10)
9. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (9)
10. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (11)
11. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (5)
12. TIME – Morosity (14)
13. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (15)
14. HURT – Oliver Tree (16)
15. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (17)
16. LO/HI – The Black Keys (18)
17. STILL FEEL. – half alive (19)
18. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (20)
19. BELOVED – Mumford and Sons (22)
20. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (23)
21. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (12)
22. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (25)
23. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (13)
24. BAD LIAR – Imagine Dragons (26)
25. I’LL BE AROUND – Morning Fuzz (27)
26. MISSED CONNECTION – The Head and the Heart (28)
27. NOT WORTH IT – The Only Route (29)
28. OLD MAN’S WAR – Roadkeeper (30)
29. CHOKE – I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (N)
30. APOLOGIZE – grandson (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 28-May 4, 2019

1. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (3)
2. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (5)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (1)
4. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (2)
5. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (4)
6. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (8)
7. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (9)
8. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (14)
9. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (10)
10. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (11)
11. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (13)
12. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (6)
13. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (7)
14. TIME – Morosity (16)
15. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (17)
16. HURT – Oliver Tree (18)
17. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (19)
18. LO/HI – The Black Keys (20)
19. STILL FEEL – half alive (23)
20. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (24)
21. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (12) 19th week on chart
22. BELOVED – Mumford and Sons (26)
23. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (27)
24. EXITS – Foals (15)
25. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (28)
26. BAD LIAR – Imagine Dragons (N)
27. I’LL BE AROUND – Morning Fuzz (N)
28. MISSED CONNECTION – The Head and the Heart (N)
29. NOT WORTH IT – The Only Route (N)
30. OLD MAN’S WAR – Roadkeeper (N)

MORNING FUZZ – Single Review: “I’ll Be Around”

Morning Fuzz I'll Be Around

As I mentioned in a recent review, so many artists and bands that I’ve previously featured on this blog seem to be releasing new music in 2019, and another is Morning Fuzz, an outstanding rock band from Brooklyn, New York. Nearly two years ago, in April 2017, I reviewed their fantastic hard-hitting single “Silent Sun” (which you can read here). They subsequently dropped a great rock ballad “Fellow Creep” that December, and I’m thrilled they’re back with a new single “I’ll Be Around“, which drops today.

The band has been around for 10 years now, and has released a fair number of excellent recordings, including two EPs, a 2013 album Chasing Ghosts, and several singles. Formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter & guitarist Frank Fussa and his childhood friend, bassist Chris Johanidesz after the breakup of their previous band Ultra High Frequency, Morning Fuzz was later joined by longtime friend and guitarist Michael Cullari, but has been hampered by several changes in drummers (something that’s plagued several other bands I’ve written about). In Spring, 2018, new drummer Dan Leo came on board, putting them back on track and in the studio recording new music. “I’ll Be Around” is their first single on what will be their forthcoming album that the band hopes to release later in the year. It was expertly produced and mixed by Lou Giordano, and engineered by Frank, Aaron Bastinelli, and Benny Grotto.

It’s an exuberant, upbeat song, filled with the dynamic riffs, tight rhythms and melodic grooves we’ve come to expect from Morning Fuzz. Frank and Michael’s intricate guitar work is impressive, and I love how they make them chime in the bridge. Chris drives the song forward with his deep, strutting bass line while Dan deftly keeps the beat on his drum kit. Frank possesses a beautiful and powerful singing voice with considerable range, and sounds fantastic whether he’s crooning or wailing. One of the most striking aspects of the track is the guys’ sublime four-part harmonies that call to mind the Beatles or Beach Boys. I really love their sound, and found myself loving this song more with each listen. “I’ll Be Around” is superb, and I’m excited about hearing more new songs from them.

The lyrics seem to speak of the struggles we face with regard to making choices about which paths to take in life, and both giving and getting love and support from others through good times and bad along the way.

I’ll be around
Even in that crazy part of town
And I’ll figure out
Even when the rain is pouring down
We’ll work it out
When there’s not a drop of love to be found
Don’t run away
No hide and seek, no roads to stray

Which way to go 
Another fork splits up the road 
Futures untold 
Get on my side 
And we will float above the tide 
Might not make it through the night 
But it’s alright

Their song premiered on Thresher TV with a wonderful video of the band performing their song in Frank’s basement studio. Their natural charisma and joy of playing music is clearly evident. He also speaks a bit about how they started out writing and playing songs way back in 1999, and of his love for making music. Take a look:

Morning Fuzz has an upcoming show on Saturday, March 30 with Flak Jacket at The Rail in Smithtown, NY

Connect with Morning Fuzz:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream their music:  Soundcloud / Spotify /  YouTube
Purchase it:  iTunes / Bandcamp

Top 20 Songs for August 20-26, 2017

1. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (1)
2. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (2)
3. THE MAN – The Killers (4)
4. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (5)
5. RUN – Foo Fighters (6)
6. HIGH – Sir Sly (3)
7. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (8)
8. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (7)
9. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (9)
10. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (14)
11. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (11)
12. ONE OF US – New Politics (13)
13. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (19)
14. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (10)
15. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (12)
16. COLD LITTLE HEART – Michael Kiwanuka (20)
17. DIG DOWN – Muse (18)
18. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (15)
19. J-BOY _ Phoenix (16)
20. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (17)

Top 20 Songs for August 13-19, 2017

1. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (2)
2. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (1)
3. HIGH – Sir Sly (3)
4. THE MAN – The Killers (4)
5. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (6)
6. RUN – Foo Fighters (7)
7. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (5)
8. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (8)
9. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (11)
10. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (9)
11. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (12)
12. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (10)
13. ONE OF US – New Politics (14)
14. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (16)
15. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (17)
16. J-BOY – Phoenix (13)
17. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (15)
18. DIG DOWN – Muse (18)
19. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (19)
20. COLD LITTLE HEART – Michael Kiwanuka (20)

Top 20 Songs for August 6-12, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (1)
2. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (3)
3. HIGH – Sir Sly (2)
4. THE MAN – The Killers (5)
5. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (4)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (6)
7. RUN – Foo Fighters (9)
8. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (8)
9. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (7)
10. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (11)
11. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (13)
12. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (14)
13. J-BOY – Phoenix (10)
14. ONE OF US – New Politics (15)
15. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (12)
16. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (17)
17. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (18)
18. DIG DOWN – Muse (16)
19. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (20)
20. COLD LITTLE HEART – Michael Kiwanuka (N)

Top 20 Songs for July 30-August 5, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (1)
2. HIGH – Sir Sly (2)
3. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (3)
4. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (4)
5. THE MAN – The Killers (7)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (6)
7. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (5)
8. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (9)
9. RUN – Foo Fighters (16)
10. J-BOY – Phoenix (8)
11. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (12)
12. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (10)
13. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (13)
14. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (14)
15. ONE OF US – New Politics (15)
16. DIG DOWN – Muse (11)
17. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (19)
18. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (18)
19. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (16) 21st week on list
20. THE NIGHT WE MET – Lord Huron (N)

Top 20 Songs for July 23-29, 2017

1. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS – The National (3)
2. HIGH – Sir Sly (1)
3. CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU – Spoon (4)
4. FEEL IT STILL – Portugal. The Man (2)
5. DOING IT FOR THE MONEY – Foster the People (5)
6. FEELS LIKE SUMMER – Weezer (7)
7. THE MAN – The Killers (9)
8. J-BOY – Phoenix (8)
9. EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire (10)
10. DON’T TAKE THE MONEY – Bleachers (6)
11. DIG DOWN – Muse (12)
12. SILENT SUN – Morning Fuzz (13)
13. THE WAY YOU USED TO DO – Queens of the Stone Age (14)
14. LIGHTS OUT – Royal Blood (15)
15. ONE OF US – New Politics (17)
16. RUN – Foo Fighters (18)
17. BELIEVER – Imagine Dragons (11) 20th week on list
18. SONG #3 – Stone Sour (19)
19. HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs (20)
20. IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J (16)