If you've ever wondered how a pile of newly-poured bitumen feels just before the steamroller flattens it, Pugsley Buzzard's music will fill you in. There is something inexorable about the progress of that massive, sand-blasted voice and those rolling piano figures; something undeniable about the dark images crowding the lyrics; something dangerous about the snarling guitars, growling horns and clawing rhythms.
Pugsley is both a throwback to a smoky era of whores and pimps and crims, and a devout modernist, reminding us all of the eternal power of big voices, acoustic instruments and players who really mean what they have to say. Listen to Adam Simmons' monumental baritone saxophone on the menacing Black Dog, for instance and be afraid; be very afraid.
Yet for all its inherent theatre, this is heartfelt music that can sweep you into its shady world, and have you flirting with a little good ol' fashioned evil, or smiling at the sly wit - just before it flattens you.
John Shand, author of Jazz - The Australian Accent and music critic for The Sydney Morning Herald.
released August 23, 2016
Pugsley Buzzard: Voice, Piano, Vibraphone, Percussion
John Stuart: Guitars, Steel Guitar, Banjo, Tumbadora, Chekere, Percussion
Anthony Howe: Drums
Brett Hirst: Double Bass
Adam Simmons: Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Bass and B flat Clarinets.
Neill Duncan : Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Whistle, Honkers and Flexitone.
Sam Golding: Valve and Slide Trombones
Nathan Ford: Tuba
Bill Dudley: Trumpet, Flesh Percussion
Produced by John Stuart and Pugsley Buzzard
Horns arranged by John Stuart
Recorded and mixed by John Stuart
Recorded at Sound Heaven Studios, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales.
November 2009 – March 2010
Mastered by Micheal Lynch at Sound Heaven Studios
All songs by Pugsley Buzzard Wateringcan except “Big Al’s Gal” by Geoff James and Pugsley B. Wateringcan and “Desert Waves” by Pugsley B. Wateringcan and John Stuart.
Special Thanks: Baiba James, Geoff James, Yasmine Child, Trapper, Bill Dudley and Ian Bloxome
Artwork by Artprint
Photos by Damien Baker and Rita Neves