Tonight sees Fudge’s first headline show for over two years after an enforced hiatus due to Covid and all the cancellations and restrictions that live music was beset by. I’m not gonna pretend that the band were well known to me before Covid nor that I had been desperately waiting 2 years for the gig. However, judging by the reception the band received from the sold out, 200 capacity crowd there were plenty of Fudge fans who had indeed been waiting a long time for this return to action. Believe me, they were not disappointed. This was the first time I’d seen the band and I’m now firmly in the camp of willing their next gig to come around. Bedlam from start to finish, both brutal and fun, it was great to see such a vicious aural assault generate so many smiles on peoples face, both band and fans alike. Not since I first saw Idles, have I witnessed such an immersive experience between band and audience.
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The set included debut single Walrus, a good mix of old material and showcased the three songs recorded at Leeds Town Hall – Money To Be Made, Your Fall From Grace and latest outing 9/10. A short burst of I Like To Move It gives a brief interlude to the crowd surfing / stage diving and gets the whole crowd literally going ape. A mash-up cover of Rage Against The Machine’s Bulls On Parade with Beastie Boys’ Sabotage shows the musical reference points along with the aforementioned Idles.
I fully expect big things of Fudge in the coming months. 2022 is the year of the Fudge.