Fuzz performs sold-out show at the Constellation Room

Stoned teenagers, punks, and hip young adults were all present to witness the intense hour long performance from heavy rockers Fuzz at their sold-out show on Nov. 3.

The psychedelic infused garage-rock trio packed the small claustrophobic Constellation Room in Santa Ana, as they are currently finishing up their world tour in support of their recent record release “II”, a sequel to their 2013 self-titled debut album.

Composed of multi-instrumentalist Ty Segall (drums/vocals), Charles Mootheart (guitar/vocals), and Chad Ubovich (bass/vocals); Fuzz has quickly become a popular act in the Orange County music scene, heavily influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and Pentagram.

Segall and Mootheart have been long time friends since high school and record under Segall’s primary self-titled band, while Ubovich joined the band in 2013 and is also the front man of his band Chad and the Meatbodies.

Fuzz is pretty much yet another well-crafted side project from Segall, generating a lot of positive buzz after the release of their first split single 7″ This Time I Got A Reason/Fuzz’s Fourth Dream in 2012.

The band would later switch from Trouble in Mind Records to In the Red Records, releasing a few 7″ split singles and a live EP before releasing their self-titled debut LP in 2013.

Fuzz enlisted local OC bands Walter and Audacity (both on Burger Records) to open up before plowing through their heavy set that initiated mosh-pits, crowd-surfing, and stage-diving throughout the night.

Dressed in a shiny David Bowie-esque top, Segall was the first to come up to the stage, followed by Mootheart and Ubovich who were both wearing colored face-paint.

Fuzz's setlist.
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Fuzz’s setlist.

Beginning with the track “Rat Face” off of their new album, the band would later switch things up by not following their written set list and instead improvised their set by adding a few drum and guitar tweaks to each song.

Almost every song featured heavy guitar riffs from Mootheart and Segall’s signature vocals that sound naturally distorted, creating a late 1960’s to 1970’s sound that would’ve rocked a crowd at Woodstock.

Fuzz continued their improvised set by performing popular tracks from their self-titled album such as “Hazemaze”, “Raise”, and the catchy “What’s in My Head?” that had the whole venue singing along to the chorus as kids stage-dived non-stop throughout the duration of the song.

Although the band’s set mostly consisted of new material from their second album such as “Say Hello” and “Pipe”, old tracks from their early 7″ records were also included such as the dark and eery “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream”, and the heavy, groovy, psychedelic track “You Won’t See Me”.

The band also performed a cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” that provides a heavier rendition of the track and an electrifying guitar solo from Mootheart.

Front man Ty Segall sings and drums as Fuzz performed an improvised set for the crowd.
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Front man Ty Segall sings and drums as Fuzz performed an improvised set for the crowd.

Although the band provides well structured heavy psychedelic jams on record, it is worth noting that Fuzz sounds a lot better live as each song is improvised live, creating a whole new version of the track that can only be experienced when witnessing the band in concert.

Besides the intensity of the band’s performance and the non-stop mosh pits from teens, the show was filled with good laughs as members of Fuzz and the crowd exchanged jokes after each song.

References were made to subjects ranging from MySpace to Del Taco, and even included a few heckles of wanting the band to play “Free Bird” and to play some “Fuzz”.

As Fuzz concluded their set and walked off the stage, the crowd chanted “One more song!” repeatedly until the band returned to play their fast-paced punk track “Red Flag” off of their new record, instantly causing chaos and a circle pit to end the night.

Considering it was a school and work night, Fuzz definitely pleased the crowd as many stopped to purchase merchandise from the band and talked amongst each other about how great their performance was.

You can stream the band’s discography via Spotify or purchase their new album on vinyl at Amoeba Records.