If you have a furry belly, the boys of Fuzz Face already love you. But, if you’ll show them your furry belly – well, then – they’ll probably love you just a little bit harder. All you have to do is come to the band’s Atlanta show on Saturday.
Hailing from Nashville, musicians Samuel Damewood (bottom photo) and Matt Woodruff (second photo) anchor the queer, alt-folk rock band whose live shows are equal parts sweat, sex and sass.
“[Fuzz Face tries] to make the best music we possibly can and also not be afraid of who we are sexually while doing so,” Damewood says.
Think a bit of Bluegrass with a boner. But don’t go thinking it’s all down home as the band focuses more on songwriting than genre.
In 2013, the band released their fan funded, self-titled debut EP, choosing to flaunt their fearlessness by crafting songs in which sexuality is the shared experience, soaked into the storylines, rather than superficially in your face.
The five-track collection (listen here) actually starts with a wink and a one night stand in “Button Up Boy,” cruises you with a cat(tle) call for masculinity in “Cowboy,” and dives down to give you a full-on raspberry in “Furry Belly,” the romping crowd favorite that helped announce the band’s hibernation hiatus.
“As far as bellies go, we have become quite the expert over the years,” Woodruff half-jokes. “As far as ‘furry,’ fur can represent a releasing of ones inhibitions, letting go and just being yourself. Anyone can have a ‘furry belly’ deep down inside of them that they can show everyone. And by embracing that ‘furry belly’ they let everyone know that they are truly happy and not ashamed about who they are, inside and out.”
Despite a penchant for furry guys and their own varying degrees of facial hair, the beard and body hair lovin’ boys of the band insist their origin came from a Craigslist Missed Connections ad.
“Fuzz Face was a pet name I was given by an online friend a few months before the band formed,” Woodruff laughs. “I saw a guy in a waiting room at a tanning salon and couldn’t muster the courage to say ‘hello.’ My friends convinced me to post a Missed Connections ad and he responded. He started calling me Fuzz Face and I guess it kinda stuck.”
While Saturday marks the band’s first Atlanta show, it’s hardly their first taste of just how fuzzy Georgia peaches can be. Last year, the band played at Roy’s Hideaway in Collins, which is southeast Georgia. “Pool, furry guys, rain shower in the forest, hot men, live music, hairy dudes – it was like a vacation for the band,” Woodruff says.
With bookend shows in Knoxville and Nashville, Fuzz Face rounds out its roster with longtime electric guitarist Lucian Nicholson and a singer-songwriter with Atlanta roots, Brandon Gunter.
“It's been liberating to set aside my guitar and just be able to sing and learn a new instrument, the glockenspiel,” Gunter shared. “I can't wait take this on the road. It's been a blast getting to know Sam and Matt and learn these songs.”
In addition to joining Fuzz Face, Gunter promises new music during his solo set.
“I will be opening the show with my own original music, some songs from my album, ‘Seek and Hide,’ that I released in February of this year but fans should also expect to hear new music I've been working on,” he says.
Part of a four-act bill dubbed ‘The Family Tour,’ Fuzz Face will also share the stage at the Red Light Cafe with sister band Heyday Revival. With original tunes and covers, including Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” Heyday Revival boasts a fresh blend of rowdy, funky fiddle folk. Damewood plays double duties as a member of both Fuzz Face and Hey Day Revival. Rounding out the bill is former Sing For Your Life contestant Indie Killed the Pop Star.
But the party doesn’t stop with the music. Fuzz Face and the rest of the family plan to hit the city in search of its furriest bellies, an effort that Damewood knows will include a stop at Atlanta Eagle.
Tickets for “The Family Tour” on Nov. 22 at Red Light Café can be purchased here.