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Get Fuzee: Group brings power pop to Summerfest

July 7, 2005
By Brian Sharkey :: KENOSHA NEWS

By definition, the word fuzee means "a friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind." An alternative definition most dictionaries offer for the word is a colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains.

So when used as the name of an up-and-coming Milwaukee band, the group kind of has a lot to live up to.

Fuzee, pronounced few-zee, has that potential.

The band's "power pop" sound resonates from the group's recent release, "All Agog." A mix of alternative rock and pop styles of music keep the band's appeal open to a variety of audiences. And the impressive harmonies, pulsing beats and creative originality lead listeners through their variety of lyrics and song styles. Onmilwaukee.com referred to "All Agog" as a CD "that supplies thought-provoking lyrics and beats." And the group's moniker "purveyors of crunchy power pop" shows that the group won't let up for a minute, the article said. "The diversity in tracks allows punk rock to mingle with pop rock without the teenage undertones."

On the group's website, www.fuzee.org, the five year old band states its "music dwells in the snappy essence of power pop yet can morph into tunes defined and driven by moody introspection."

The group, which is composed of vocalist/bassist John Schneider, a veteran of the Milwaukee music scene, vocalist/guitarist/bassist Joe Neumann and drummer Brian "Beef" Rutkowski, lists some of its influences as Neil Young, Figdish, the Descendents, Tommy Keene, Walt Mink, Jawbox, Foo Fighters and Weezer.

"I can't wait to say to people that we opened for Skid Row,"
Rutkowski said.

True in part, Fuzee goes on at 3 p.m. on the Mountain Dew rock stage. Skid Row is expected to go on at about 10 p.m.

If you want to find out more about the group, Fuzee was recently featured in onmilwaukee.com, Maximum Ink magazine and the Shepherd Express.

Can't catch them at Summerfest? The band plays the Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson Ave. in Franklin, at 8 p.m. on July 22.

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