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Fur Patrol

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Though their songs are unerringly catchy, Melbourne based four-piece Fur Patrol are firm believers in the power of simplicity. Their song’s first approach is a grab of full bodied Rock n Roll - an equal sprinkling of post-grunge angst and pre-garage soul, introspective, lyrically cathartic and wrapped up in an instrumental blanket warm and inviting.

For a band that honed their craft in the live arena, Fur Patrol scrub up very nicely in the more structured confines of the recording studio - the powerful track listing on Collider is a testament to both their inherent sense of compositional dynamics and their full throttle approach to life, music and all that falls in between.

Originally hailing from New Zealand, the first taste of this raw potential came with the release of their debut EP Starlifter in 1998, a recording that tapped into the natural interaction between the band members while also showcasing the burgeoning song-writing skills of front woman Julia Deans.

This was followed up a few years later with their debut album, Pet, an epic of sorts that spawned the massive single Lydia, which was the most played song on New Zealand radio for the year. Such was the buzz on the group; the album immediately attained Platinum status.

Lydia's rough edge lyrical refrain saw it quickly become an anthem for the jilted, its success catapulting the band towards four Tui’s at the music awards of that year and into the consciousness of punters from both sides of the Tasman.

A tour across Australia with rising talents Motor Ace cemented the band’s relationship with Oz and saw the band relocate to Melbourne. It was here that the first sounds for this, their second album, were committed to tape at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios. This extended bout of recording (nearly six weeks in all) was followed up in London where the album was mixed.

The unprocessed sonic blast that opens Collider gives an insight into the nature of their artistic vision. The four-piece are very much a throwback to the halcyon buzz rock days of the late 1970s - oozing musical cool while never losing sight of a good melody. It’s all there on the second track, the part-surf rock, part-power pop anthem, Rocket, a good time slab of distorted energy showcasing the unique vocals of Julia Deans – a colourful and ever-changing enigma of sorts – and the tight rhythmic strum of ex-Svelte guitarist Steve Wells.

But this is hardly a template for the rest of the album. The slow build of Enemy is the closest that it gets to a true ballad before a robust guitar hook kicks in, fattened up by the choppy beats of drummer Simon Braxton and the constantly roving bass playing of Andrew Bain, who seeks out dark melodic twists in the strangest (yet somehow most appropriate) of places.

Deans must surely be possessed of one of the most interesting voices in modern rock music – shifting elegantly as she does between a soaring falsetto and an assured growl. Nowhere is her soulful range better hinted at than on the track, Into The Sun, a breathy and lush song which adds a dreamy counterpart to the more intense barrage of music around it. "Are we serious", Deans asks. "Is this too far to leave it alone?" It’s a sweet moment, revealing the tenderness that lies at the heart of all their creative endeavours.

What stands before you now is an album of rare distinction – a soundtrack to the shifting dynamics of the musical environment which leaps boldly from the delightful mock-pop chorus of Into The Sun to the clean old school jangle and strum of All These Things; from the Kinks-like kick-start of Get Along to the delicate shiver of Little Heart. Fur Patrol rarely amble by in steady time. Instead, their classic arrangements are augmented by generous lashings of harmony and melodic intrigue, ensuring that this will be an album to be treasured for the ages.

Band Members:
Julia Deans (vocals, guitar)
Andrew Bain (bass)
Simon Braxton (drums)

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Shade
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Fur Patrol - A New Direction
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:47 pm
This just in from Warners Music:

"It is with sadness we announce that Steve (Guitarist) has decided to take a new direction with his life and leave Fur Patrol.

Steve’s contribution to the band (and his drivers licence!) over the last 8 and a half years has been invaluable and inspired and we are going to miss him and his axe wielding skills a lot. All the same, we are excited for him as he moves on to follow other passions and discover new ones.

We are continuing as a three piece and as such have begun writing for the next record. Things are going to be quite different and the three of us are really excited about what tangent this thing is going to spin out on from here.

We love you heaps bro and are going to miss you a lot

Simon, Andrew and Julia
 

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Our Exclusive Interview with Fur Patrol is Online
Posted: Tue Jun 1, 2004 9:21 pm
We caught up with Fur Patrol when they were in Auckland recently.

Check out the interview.
 

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Fur Patrol Tour Announced
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 7:26 pm
QUESTION: Which NZ band was asked to open for PINK on her Australian tour, DEEP PURPLE on their NZ dates and THE DATSUNS in the U.K all within a month of each other?
ANSWER: FUR PATROL!

That's right ladies and gentleman, there ain’t many bands out there that appeal to so many different audiences... The NME hyped cool of The Datsuns, the timeless rock n roll of Deep Purple and the angst ridden pop rock of superstar Pink. Fur Patrol fill the task nicely and were handpicked to support all of these bands on upcoming tours.

Fur Patrol hit New Zealand with some new dates in celebration of NZ music month and the release of a brand spanking new single "Get Along" off their recently released record COLLIDER. They'll be fresh off supporting PINK on her Australian dates as main support in 15,000 capacity venues... So expect Fur Patrol to be in fine form!

For the South Island and Wellington dates Fur Patrol are honoured to be joined by legendary flying nun act The Bats offshoot band Minisnap. Opening up the shows will be the brilliant rock n roll act from Wellington The Accelerants in their first ever South Island shows.

Hamilton and Gisborne will also see The Accelerants on stage with Fur Patrol while in Hamilton local’s Rumpus Room will open up the night.

Thursday May 6th Refuel - Dunedin
Friday May 7th Rocky Cola - Christchurch
Saturday May 8th Indigo - Wellington

Wednesday May 12th Kings Arms - Auckland
Thursday May 13th Altitude - Hamilton
Saturday May 15th - Scottys - Gisbourne

For more details check www.furpatrol.com

Tickets for all shows on sale now from the venues or local record stores.

Fur Patrol's album COLLIDER - in stores now!
 

Dazza

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RE: Fur Patrol Review
Posted: Wed Jan 7, 2004 10:35 pm
Thanks for the tip Jono. I'm planning on going to see them at O'F's tomorrow night. But the "best gig in recent memory" is a big call; I've still to see a gig beat the Headless Chooks in Melbourne (twice!) in 1993!
 

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Fur Patrol Pics
Posted: Mon Jan 5, 2004 8:31 pm
We've got the pics up from the Jolly Poacher gig on the 29/12/03. Check out the Fur Patrol page at:

http://www.muzic.net.nz/artists/10.html

to check them out.

If you've got photos of gigs by any artist, please send them through to us so we can put them up also.
 

jono

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Fur Patrol Review
Posted: Fri Jan 2, 2004 3:17 pm
For those of you that weren't in Christchurch on Monday night to experience Fur Patrol's first ever acoustic gig, you can go to their artist page and read the review. A photoalbum will follow in the next week.
For those in attanedance it was the best gig in recent memory.
So if you live up north, don't miss the opportunity to see Fur Patrol on their summer tour
 

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Fur Patrol signs with Universal Records Australia
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:18 pm
Thanks to NoiZyland for the following:

After a couple of years hard grind in the land of the bushfire, Fur Patrol have finally put pens to paper and signed a major label record deal with Universal Records Australia. They're the latest in a long line of NZ bands scoring significant offshore record deals, joining the likes of the Datsuns, the D4, Steriogram, and Zed, in getting some foreign help in their offshore pursuits.

The band now head into Sing Sing studios in Melbourne with UK producer Mark Wallis on 19th Feb to begin recording their second album. They hope to have the album ready for release by the middle of the year.

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Fur Patrol In Sydney
Posted: Sun Nov 3, 2002 1:52 pm
Fur Patrol will feature in the following concert in Sydney:

Saturday 16 November - The Espy, Sydney

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