Riff-rockin’ blues kings, The Fumes have reignited with a fierce energy and a new lineup and they’re hitting the road to launch their Bloodless album. Bloodless is The Fumes’ third studio album and has been two years in the making. It was recorded as time allowed at Ivory Lane Studios with new band member and producer Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard, The Snowdroppers) and is a brutal tale of heartfelt truth with blues riffs that reach for the jugular, soaring melodies, blissful melancholy, and aggressive balls-out raucous-ness. The Fumes have delivered an album to show they’re back and they mean it.
The former Blues duo lost a wheel off the carriage not long after the release of their warmly acclaimed album Sundancer in 2009, but roll back a few years and The Fumes were mixing it with heavy hitters – supporting the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, Calexico, Hoodoo Gurus, The Cruel Sea – and appearing at major festivals including Japan’s Fuji Rock, CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW Austin Texas, Bluesfest, Falls Festival and many more.
Founding member Stephen Merry talks about The Fumes’ conspicuous absence from the scene in the new album’s liner notes:
“A little while between drinks is definitely a questionable way to start this off, though it’s been a few years between albums for The Fumes. I’ve had most of these songs floating around in my head for at least seven-odd years, some for more, though It took what was really an inevitable breakdown of the then-current systems in many areas of my reality, a spell hanging in anguish, paranoia and self abuse, and then the subsequent rebuild (birth) to just get moving again… an interesting time to say the least”.
Bloodless is available online and in stores through ABC Music/Universal
See Overleaf for a full list of tour dates.
Friday 18th March
Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
8:30pm, $20 with special guests Gun It, Cosmo Thundercat jivevenue.com
Listen to Bloodless on Soundcloud
Watch the new video for the single ‘Jazz’