THE TOWN HALL SESSION EP is here and ready to bless your ear holes courtesy of FUDGE. It sees the fusion of three previously released singles and two additional ‘wobblers’ – as singer Cam eloquently puts it – Jekyll & Hide and Pepsi Noggins, to create one phat record. Recorded and mixed by Leeds’ Kane Whitelam and captured on camera by the great Hugh Roberts and Tim Wheeler, the EP is the culmination of talented people each making their mark on the Leeds scene in one way or another.
THE TOWN HALL SESSION EP goes out to all those who have helped and supported FUDGE. through their short and chaotic life so far and serves to bring more people together to experience the lifeblood that this band bring every time they play live. The record marks the end of an era. A time where things seemed simpler but, in retrospect, were in fact just as turbulent and impetuous as they are now.
But it also marks the beginning of many things: a new age of FUDGE. which will see even phatter gigs across the country and new wobblers to boot; a new era of live music for everyone and an inevitable time of rejoicing as we move away from the shit-show that has ensued for the past two years; and the beginning of some semblance of normality, where we can be as abnormal as possible once again. The EP, therefore, should be a little – or big – celebration each time you listen to it; something to get you hyped for the future, and to say a big “fuck you” to anything that might taint that.
The band pride themselves on their live performance which, repeatedly, is eulogised by those who find themselves caught within the chaos of a FUDGE. gig. Their epic live performance has now met head on with the majestic and iconic venue in which they recorded THE TOWN HALL SESSION EP. Unfazed by the eminence of the building, the boys and the team captured their hectic performance in stark polarity to the splendour of the venue. You wouldn’t think to pair the two, but it works.
The EP coincides with the band’s co-headline tour throughout May and June with fellow Leeds noise insurrectionists DIM IMAGERY. Dates as follows:
“Absolutely on fire; the wildest, most on-point guitar band I’ve seen since IDLES …” BBC 6 MUSIC
“It’s dangerous, and it’s a long time since I’ve heard anything close to that; the last time a band left me feeling ready to start a revolution was a lifetime ago. You need to go see Fudge play; you must go see Fudge play …” LOCAL SOUND FOCUS
“It’s first-rate excellent; something that would detonate a room with commotion and leave dramatic impact once it ended …” DARKUS MAGAZINE
Prior to the onset of Covid-19, FUDGE. had geared up for a busy 2020 by gigging with the likes of Strange Bones and Kid Kapichi, alongside countless sold-out headline shows. Their 2019 festival schedule, which saw them play Leeds and Reading and Bingley Weekender, was set to be enhanced with further festival appearances at Live at Leeds and The Great Escape, while their previous releases received huge critical acclaim and were showcased on BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music and many more. Post-Covid, FUDGE. have again supported Kid Kapichi as well as up-and-coming animals Snayx and, with further dates and festivals to be announced, 2022 is set to be a killer comeback year for the band.
THE TOWN HALL SESSION EP TRACK LISTING:
Jekyll & Hide (new release)
Money To Be Made
Your Fall From Grace
Pepsi Noggings (new release)
“Unhinged seems to be what Fudge. do best, their laddish charm and punk rock attitude instigating the chaos they need for them to feel content. This is indie rock gone rogue; something in their generic formula went awfully wrong in the most brilliant way to create this monster …” YORKSHIRE POST
“Stood atop the beer-soaked bar, arms outstretched like Christ the Redeemer in an Adidas track jacket, Fudge’s Cam begins their headline set by diving into the crowd and clambering onstage, middle fingers held proudly in the air; in terms of chaos and energy, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Like witnessing a hand-grenade being detonated in a bin …” NOUSE MAGAZINE
“It feels like a chaotic IDLES performance, except this was probably far less orchestrated, with a stunning tweaked version of Rage Against the Machine’s Testify to end it all. It shows a certain degree of balls to cover that mammoth tune …” YORK CALLING