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Fuzzy Lights

The Fuzzy Lights make slow, sorrowful, beautiful music. They are also from my home town of Cambridge. A happy man am I.

Xavier: guitars, harmonium, samples
Rachel: violin, melodica, samples

Location: Cambridge
Formed: August 2004

What do you sound like and how does that compare to what people write about you?

Well, people often mention GY!BE or A Silver Mount Zion or whatever they’re called nowadays but that’s because of the violin sound. In a way we feel closer to Migala, Sonic Youth and Rachel’s.

I guess it depends what people feel when they listen to us. Someone even wrote in a review that we reminded him of Depeche Mode (although I don’t know where that one comes from).

Tip us off – what great new bands are there in your locality, or that you’ve played with, that you’d urge the curious music fan to check out?

There’s great music in Cambridge. I remember when I moved to Britain 2 years ago I went to see David Grubbs and Lionshare was supporting. I thought “Cool, there’s a great music scene in Cambridge”. So of course, anything coming out of Harvest Time Recordings is good (Haeti, Lionshare…). Then there’s UM and his amazing 1 minute long gems of songs. And the Benjamin Theory, never where you expect him, always good.

Do you feel much affiliation with any community with regards to the music that you create/release?

Well I guess we fit in the post rock shelf.

Where did you get your band name from? Do you like it?

We got it at a gig, where the stage lights looked kinda “furry”. It then became fuzzy lights. It’s also in the lyrics of Purr by Sonic Youth but we realised that later. We still like it, although I can’t pronounce it with a perfect accent, so it leads to: “What? You’re called Fairy Legs?” (Which could be a good name too).

What would you be willing to give up/sacrifice for success in your band?


What does your family think of your music?

My family is not really into music and has never really been supportive in terms of music. I think they describe it as “good background music” and often say “when does it start?”. Rachel’s family seems to like it, they even came to one of our gigs.

You’ve been asked to contribute to a charity covers album. Which song(s) would you most likely cover, and why?

One of my favorite songs as always been Fillmore Jive, from Pavement’s crooked rain, and I’d like to scream “I need to sleep”. We would record it at 5am. Bohemian Rhapsody would be fun to cover too.

If diskant could buy one thing for your band for Christmas, what would it be?

A cheese factory.

What are the last couple of albums you bought and are they any good?

Colleen – The Golden Morning Breaks [LEAF] – Really beautiful dreamy music.

Port Royal – Flares [RESONANT] – between Stafraen Hakon and The Beans.

The new Malkmus, still disappointing, but with one or two good tracks. Will they play it at the Kambar? [Nasty indie disco, for you non-Cambridge dwellers – OS]

Choose between:

(a) Indie label or major label deal?
Well, nice people, a label with an ethic, and does it’s job well.

(b) CD or vinyl?
Vinyl and mixtapes vs. CD and iPod. er…. both have their advantages.

(c) Records or live music?
You need records when there is no live music. You need live music when no records are playing.

Website: www.fuzzylights.com