The album of the year is about to be released.

- Everett True

"Who's A Fuzzy Buddy?"

The first LP by The Bastards of Fate is finally here, courtesy of
This Will Be Our Summer Records! Have you heard it yet?
Do you know what to think? You'd better get a copy now!

Here's What People Are Saying:
Every time I listen to this album, I hear something new. It’s kind of freaking me out. I’m not used to this. At this point in the 21st Century, and at this point in my musical life, nearly every album I hear sounds familiar, recognizable — whether I like the music or not. The Bastards Of Fate have managed the rarest of feats. They have recorded an album that doesn’t sound like anyone else in the world.

- Collapse Board

With a debut album as strong as their live shows, The Bastards of Fate are poised to leave behind their sleepy little mountain town. They have managed to create not only an original album, but one that still retains a sense of the familiar. Itís askew enough to warrant a listen, but not alienating, revealing more of itself upon repeat listens. And if that isnít a perfect reason to check out an album, I donít know what is.

- Consequence of Sound

Triangulated between the structure-fuckery of Skeletons, the manic Americana of Beefheart and the psych-pop of Ariel Pink are The Bastards of Fate, who throw the kitchen sink (and all the other fittings in the house) at every song on their 2012 album Who's a Fuzzy Buddy?. If you get off on being surprised, this is for you - it's impossible to sit comfortably for more than about 30 seconds as they batter your brain with wave after wave of ideas and sounds: this album comes weaving, charging, tumbling out of the speakers.

- Drowned In Sound

Well, hereís something to blow those disgusting old calcified cobwebs off your brain. Forget retreading those same old tired neural pathways to enjoyment, and let this strange lot plough you some new ones. Iím not even going to try and define what The Bastards Of Fate do, except to say that the element of surprise is alive and well in this music, which makes Ariel Pink look like Gary Barlow.

- Snipe

Sticking with that frame, they could have been admirable and bland, well known and wealthy on the college alt rock scene, but because they don't play it safe, their music has achieved a status above that, a realm of weird experimental soundscapes with delicious, warm hooks.

- About.com

This album is great, until it dives headlong into some kind of fucked-up midway ride with clowns and shit. Sirens, pitched-down robot voices, a song called “Harlequin Fetus” (don’t google that!), some kind of weird cotton-picking work song, creepy alien lullabies… this whole thing is going to give me nightmares. Thanks.

- Vice

The Bastards of Fate possess gifts so otherworldly that Shakespeare’s witches should tremble and shake in their presence... This kind of confidence is rare in contemporary music, especially for a band who are about to release their first album.

- Clash

In that respect, the chaotic agenda that The Bastards lead with on debut album Who’s A Fuzzy Buddy marries whimsy with high art constructs and recall the brave art-rock dynamics of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Syd Barrett and their acolytes e.g. Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, XTC and The Soft Boys.

- Power Of Pop

Bastards of Fate are an eclectic yet imaginative bunch that avoids taking the bait on being weird – simply for the sake of being weird. After listening to Who’s a Fuzzy Buddy a few times through, they create an album that is as clever as it is mesmerizing.

- Zap Town

Je ne peux pas le cacher, j’aime bien la musique qui part un peu dans tout les sens, les mélanges et les tuit-tuit- zoom-zoom, les cris, les sauts, les grand-écarts vocaux et musicaux. Alors quand je suis tombée sur ce titre ça a fait boom-boom dans mon coeur (oui oui comme Boumbo) et aussi sur le sol (à cause des tapements de pied).

- Escape The Masses

That record is called Who’s a Fuzzy Buddy and really, “weird” doesn’t do it justice. Combining elements of new wave, indie pop, psychedelia and more, Fuzzy Buddy teems with sly pop hooks and eclectic sound effects: shrieks, crashes, wind blowing through trees, car doors slamming, babies crying—resulting in something totally new, and strangely accessible.

- Phrequency

The Bastards of Fate rely on some extreme tension and release to get across musical points. At times, the music lurches on the edge of control, only to fall back into granite-solid grooves and tight musicianship. But then groove-oriented, pop-inflected tunes give way to something that at times approaches free jazz.

- The Roanoke Times

Who’s A Fuzzy Buddy is the most insane radio station you always envisioned in your dreams, and it’s here, complete with Mexican mariachi horns, haunting Disneyland-strings, twisted heroin-tinged synth lines and… hell, it’s a lot of things chopped up carefully well by a band who do it with the best of glues. Hot and twisted, just like the freak that you are, admit it.

- This Is Book's Music

The Bastards of Fate don’t play it safe and probably don’t care what you think, but the daring blend of musical styles really does pay off. Admittedly, a lot of the tracks are growers but for those who stick with it and listen again and again, will be rewarded some genuinely amazing pieces of imaginative music. While the question ‘Who’s a Fuzzy Buddy?’ still lingers, one thing is for sure. Avant Garde Party Rock is awesome.

- AltSounds

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Booking: thebastardsoffate@gmail.com

Publicity:

kelly@oursummerrecords.com

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