Freddy Fudd Pucker (Tom Young) is originally from a small city at the edge of the earth called Dunedin, New Zealand. However, he has spent the last five years or so touring the world, playing hundreds of shows across Australasia, the USA and Europe. The last two years have seen him based in Berlin, Germany, focusing on a nearly constant European tour schedule.
A one-boy-band of sorts, his live show consists of a guitar, banjo, distorted loops and samples, a suitcase bass-drum on one foot, a tambourine on the other and the howl of someone who imagines an alternative to our delusional culture of consumption. With these tools he performs intensely lyrical songs wrapped in extremely fast rhythms and melodies. Chaos does not reign, but is kept on a very long leash. With an ethos firmly rooted in DIY music culture, Freddy believes the audience to be as integral to the show as the performer. Shows on recent UK and European tours have been described as ‘communal exorcisms’.
Hourglass Wine is a 10 track offering of break-neck speed, emotive, folk songs. The bulk of which revolve around the simultaneous, multi-instrumentation of one boy and his high-gain acoustic guitar, bass drum and voice. The accompanying collectible 16 page booklet for Hourglass Wine is a collection of lyrics, rants and drawings bringing Freddy’s own visual interpretation of the album.
Lyrically, the songs seem to be born out of a desire to restructure and rebuild dialogues often over-simplified in mass media. When listening to the album one picks up the fury and disillusion Freddy feels in this modern age of disinformation where issues such as ecological catastrophe and the politics of international migration are warped. Freddy pleads with the listener, and perhaps with himself, to search for a sense of self-worth beyond simply that of a consumer within an unmerciful, global economic system. The heavy lyrical content of Freddy’s songs proves he is not afraid to explore complex ideas within his high-energy, strangely fun, punkrock influenced, folk music.
Hourglass Wine is available as download or CD from September 18th, 2015 with the vinyl release to follow on the 30th October. The graphic booklet is only available with the physical formats.
Freddy Fudd Pucker has a busy European and US tour schedule lined up throughout September, October and November, 2015. H growing reputation for being an extremely entertaining and unique performer has earned him support slots on recent European tours for legends such as CJ Ramone (USA), SNFU (Canada), La Vela Puerca (Uruguay) and Deer Tick (USA). In the past few years he has performed at festivals like FunFunFunFest (Austin, TX), Camp A Low Hum (NZ), and The Fest 2010 (Gainesville, FL) which he will be revisiting this year as part of an October US tour.