Words by Alice Mason
In a country divided by politics and instilled with fear, Fudge. blesses the world with their aptly titled EP Panic On. The Leeds lads successfully create controlled chaotic energy that ensures that they hit the ground running, entering the Leeds music scene with their debut. The fourpiece released their EP on the Friday, with it being available on all digital platforms. They are also releasing a limited number of CDs, meaning that 50 lucky fans will get their hands on a work that is ‘destined to become [a] collectors’ item’.
Their EP has the three tracks: Hugger-Mugger, Not A Threat Just A Warning and Walrus. However, EPs with secret content can also be purchased, a clever and enticing promo move from the band.
Much like the food (which, we can all agree, is delicious), the band are incredibly moreish. They leave listeners wanting to hear more of what they have up their creative sleeves.
Interestingly, the band have chosen to list their songs in reverse chronological order, so their growth can really be heard. This is something that creates a personal connection between the listener and Fudge.
Track one of the EP, Hugger-Mugger, begins with an anticipation- building riff, one which successfully gets the listener pumped and ready for the unleashing of Fudge’s energetic madness. The four-and-a-half-minute track confirms the band as the up and coming Northern powerhouse of rock. The song is loud and proud, with the lyrics:
‘down for the riot then you better know/ you could be left out on your own / and I’ll say that’s just our way’.
Their songs create a sense of honour for Northerners and rock music enthusiasts alike; their hardiness radiates an energy that is gritty and unapologetic, with the signature Leeds accent bleeding through to the lyrics. This energy is echoed in Not A Threat, Just A Warning, with the lyrics:
‘we just wanna feel like were going somewhere’.
Their sound demonstrates a pang of hunger and an eagerness to succeed, which is heard in their last song, Walrus. The song has a moshing- worthy intro followed by a dreamy guitar sound, layered by their signature Fudge. sound. Walrus is the longest song on the album, going on for an impressive four minutes and forty seconds, and encapsulates the previous songs’ energy to survive:
‘all my life I’ve been told twice: you don’t know where you’re going / you don’t know where you’re staying tonight’.
The album concludes with the song’s final thrash of sound, which will sure to go down well with Mosher-lovers out there.
All in all, a very strong debut from a band that is destined for musical success within the scene. They have raving reviews from the likes of York Calling, BBC introducing and The Yorkshire Post along with a number of sold-out headline shows under their belt. Not only this, they have performed at Leeds and Reading Festival along with Bingley Weekender.
Catch them at their #360RAW12 night at Leeds Lending Room on Friday 7th February.
Get your tickets here.