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Show Reviews Written Only By Fans
2/25/2000 @ The Barn in Oakland Mills
Fugular Comority played their first ever show this past Friday, at The
Barn in Columbia. Considering that this was the bands first show, and
half of the guys had never even played a show before, this was an
awesome performance. Even without considering that, it was still
20 Second -
They opened the show with 20 second, the second track on their
six song demo. When I listened to the CD a few times in the days
leading up to the show, this song struck me as one that was made to be
played live. It definitely lived up to that impression. This song really
fits well near the beginning of a set. The guys seemed to be dead on,
right from the start.
Before the song started Todd requested the aid of Ryan Hammer on
vocals during the prechorus and chorus, the first time that he really talked. To me,
this is one of those few songs that defines a band. I have known this
song for ages, since before a bass and drums were even added to it. It
has had some changes to it since then, that were for the better. If
their was any doubt about it being for the better, then it was answered
here. This song just flat out rocks live.
Keeping the Hat On -
This song sounded really good live. Normally this
song does not really stand out from the rest, but live, it sounded
really good for some reason. The drums and bass really added a lot to
the chorus on the live version.
An All American Car Loving Analogy For My Crappy Love Life -
This was one of the few times, maybe the only time, during the set,
that I thought the song could have been improved upon. It seemed that
Todd had trouble keeping up with the pace of the song, which is not an
easy task with how fast it is. But even so, this song was high energy,
and continued the tone that they set for the entire night.
Silver Circle Satisfied -
This song sounded really good. The guitar
sounded awesome, and the bass and drums just made the driving force
behind this song ever stronger. Add in Todd's work on vocals, and this
song was surprisingly good.
Wait...a song that practically ends under 3 minutes???? (The outro starts at 2:33 and goes till 3:45) I did not think that these guys
were capable of that. But maybe they should do it a little more often,
cause this song was awesome. There was a little feedback that took
away a little from the guitar part, but not enough to take away from
how awesome this song is. These drums on this song make every kid want
to be a drummer when they grow up.
This could very easily be their best song, and live, it is no
different. A saddening ballad that builds up to a rockin' screaming ending. From Todd's haunting vocals, to the reflective sounding
guitar, to the bass and drums which fit the mood of this song perfectly,
this song is amazing. When it is played live, these guys take to an all
Slap in the Face -
"All the gays knowing just what to do." Well I know
what I want to do when this song is played. I want to dance. Not mosh,
not crowd surf, but dance. This song is so awesome. It seemed to get a
really big reaction from the crowd, maybe the best of the night.
Pajama Song -
There were chants of this song throughout the night, and
finally it was played. But not before Todd warned the crowd that he
made this decision, not them. "We are playing this because it's on the
set list, not because of the requests. BECAUSE WERE ROCK STARS AND YOUR
NOT." Well, actually, that last sentence I made up, but who cares. I
could tell that's what he meant. Todd also said before the song that we
would have to forgive him for the lyrics because "we were all in 9th
grade at one point." I have to admit, I never was a fan of this song,
but it has grown on me lately. The live performance of it just helped
it grow on me. The song is simple, but catchy, one you will find
yourself singing about ten minutes later for the rest of the day.
Old Man Me -
Everything about this song is awesome. The lyrics, I am sure
hit right at home with more people than just me. The crunchy guitar and
the bass are just plain rockin', and the drums just thump straight to your spine in an oddly enjoyable way. However, if there is one song that doesn't really
strike you as better live than on the cd, it is this one. It's not
worse than the cd by any means, but it just is not better. However,
some bands out there today(creed) cant even match their cd version live,
so just doing that is an accomplishment.
Everybody Hurts -
Well they were asked for an encore after Old Man Me, so they winged this
one. They had not practiced it in a while, but it was good considering
that. Todd seemed to be looking back at the rest of the guys during it,
as if they were unsure where to take it next. But hey, I am not giving
them any crap because it was a good cover even if they had practiced it
This show was awesome. I can't wait until their next one. Its pretty
awesome to think that they are only gonna get better.
-Written By Pat Holden
4/14/2000 @ Lindsey's Backyard
Fug introduced a new song (SureFire) tonight that I really liked.
Once Todd polishes his vocals, that song could be amazing.
Fug put on a pretty cool show and got into the music more
this time with Todd bouncing and Josh doing an occasional jump
(as well as playing part of Keeping The Hat On with his guitar behind his head).
About half way through, they borrowed Swell 36's bassist, while Brian played
guitar, to cover Smashing Pumpkins' "Mayonaise".
They could have benifitted from a set list that they followed,
but that still sorta went with the laid back atmosphere of the show.
-Written By Josh Saber
Well, I only wanted to have one person write for each show, but when someone sends it to you on their own, how can you refuse?
Fugular Comority seemed a lot more relaxed at this show. Instead of
standing a little uncomfortably at the mic, Todd was jumping around. 20
Second seems to be stapled as the opener for these guys, which is not a
bad choice. One of the more amusing points of the set was when Todd
blatently forgot more then half of the words to Keeping the Hat On.
Medium was once again a highlight. They covered Mayonaise by the
Smashing Pumpkins, with Brian switching to guitar, and the Swell 36
bassist playing bass. Mayonaise sounded really good, and was a nice
supirse. They closed with Slap in the Face, which was cool and
freestylin' at the end again. Todd worked "Me, Me, Me, Me, Me and My
Genitals" into the end of Slap in the Face. All in all, a good show.
The band seemed to be a little more relaxed this time, which is natural.
-Written By Pat Holden
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