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Sergeant Buzfuz


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Originally from the North, the Midlands and Ireland, Sergeant Buzfuz are a 6 piece beat combo based in South London whose line-up involving violins, dulcimer and mandolin is a mash-up of pop, psychedelia, Celtic folk, punk, improv and drone-rock. They are signed to the Blang label, home also to David Cronenberg’s Wife and Milk Kan.

“One of my favourite songs for some time… I love its spirit, I love the idea behind it, I love the fact that it’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard” (Mark Lamarr, Radio 2)

Sheffield born singer songwriter Joe Murphy often plays as Sergeant Buzfuz solo, particularly outside London. Joe runs the monthly Blang nights at London’s 12 Bar Club which started in 2002 with a series of appearances from many of the acts from the New York antifolk scene. This led to Blang becoming the focal point for the nascent London antifolk movement. The nights sparked the formation of Blang Records. Though not an antifolk band themselves, Sgt Buzfuz share an interest in lyrics and stories.

“Like the Soft Boys, this is unselfconsciously smart-pop, with a noir-psychedelic twist” (Sounds XP)

Their single “Here Come The Popes Part 3” (Sep 08) was the latest instalment in a series of songs (5 and counting) about the history of the Papacy and a string-driven romp through the 11th and 12th centuries, it was Single of the Month at Playlouder and was included by both Tom Robinson and Mark Lamarr in their end-of-year round-ups of favourite tracks.

“a bizarre string-driven song about those popes of the middle ages that’s kind of XTCish” (Organ)


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