Bristol-based Fonzy And Company who originally come from all over the place mix together Americana rock with alt-rock on their EP, ‘Is It Me?’. This five-piece sure know how to pack a punch and at the same time, take you down easy street.
Their style presents well-educated guitar work that compliments their array of styles, thick-sounding snares which resonate with every beat and the vocal harmonisations from Olivia Jury and Zack Reed provide a sense of warmth to many of the tracks.
The opening track, ‘Automatic Crying’ automatically begins with a burst of classic hard-rock guitars and the energetic duo of vocals. The structure of the verse and chorus is very back and forth from slow to fast and you can feel the anticipation in the verse to explode into the melodic chorus. What stood out most to me here was the addition of saxophone in the outro which was such an exciting feature to the track and pumped it full of energy.
The second track, ‘Hella Sweet’ has vintage 70’s guitar patterns and tones and greatly reminds me of Rush in their prime years. The instrumentation fills me with warmth and the vocal harmonisations have a real sense of positivity. It’s an uplifting track.
The title track, ‘Is It Me?’ is the weakest track on the EP for me with its smooth alt-rock vibe. The keys feel cheesy over the top of the crunchy grunge guitar riffs and whilst it shows how Fonzy And Company have a variety of sounds to choose from, they have written better with their hard rock style.
‘It’s So Real’ is a slower track, but moves into a slick Americana ballad. The shared verses come together in rich harmonies, which I must say is the band’s strongest tool. Especially the explosive verse, where we hear the huge pipes on Olivia as her voice rings out. The slower introduction comes this huge guitar and drum piece with engrossing organs played over the top. It’s a tasteful Americana piece.
It’s the return of the saxophone in ‘Jazz Tongue’ and the moments it plays over the muted guitar is a great balance of styles. We even get a moment to enjoy so isolated and groovy bass guitar playing the verse, which I would have liked to have heard more of throughout the EP. The bass guitar felt left out for me.
Finally, ‘Zack’s Song’ is a slow burnout of gentle cymbal, soft guitar playing and wavy vocal deliveries. With the addition of delicate piano notes, it’s an easy-going finish to the album and nothing too stand-out in comparison to what we’ve heard before.
Fonzy And Company know how to write a great hard-rock tune the is coloured with warm American tones. They experiment with plenty of styles and no doubt will further that in future releases.