1989 – 1994 (5 years)
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Fudge Tunnel were a sludge metal band formed in Nottingham, England by Alex Newport, David Ryley and Adrian Parkin. After two critically acclaimed singles on Pigboy Records ('Fudge Tunnel' in 1989, 'The Sweet Sound of Excess' in 1990), they signed to Nottingham's Earache Records. Their debut album was 'Hate Songs in E Minor', which attracted a large amount of press interest after the original album artwork was confiscated by the Nottingham Vice Squad.
Fudge Tunnel’s reputation was built around their massive guitar sound and ironic sense of humour, which did not always endear them to the music press. Two more albums were to follow in 1993 ('Creep Diets') and 1994 (The Complicated Futility of Ignorance'), as did a collaboration between Alex Newport and Max Cavalera of Sepultura, on the Nailbomb project, which saw one studio album and one live album of their Dynamo Open Air Festival performance.
After touring for the release of their third studio album, the band split up in 1995. David Ryley ran his label BGR Records for a while. Adrian Parkin played with Tubesurfer until 1996 when they too split up, and then returned to being a quantity surveyor in Bolton. Alex Newport went on to pursue a successful career as a producer/mixer and now lives and runs his own studio in New York. He has produced albums by At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, The Icarus Line, Ikara Colt and many others. He also formed the band Theory of Ruin, who released one album, 'Counter Culture Nosebleed', and the 'Frontline Poster Child' EP, both on Escape Artist Records.
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