Bill Dvorak - December 3, 2009
The guys in Fiasco create the kind of angular, wire-tight
bursts of frenetic math-punk that can simultaneously move crowds and impress
even the most technically-minded musicians. The songs are a mind-boggling juggling
act of interlocking guitar and bass riffs and manic drums, and they always carry
an underlying punk influence (Fiasco started out as a punk covers band, after
all). Just check out “Oh You Horny Monster” from Native Canadians
(or the entertaining A cappella version on Myspace) for a taste of the fun and
complexity that makes up the band’s songs. Mainstays on the Todd P circuit
for a while now, Fiasco was formed in 2005 by Jonathan Edelstein (guitar and
vocals), Julian Bennett Holmes (drums) and Lucian Buscemi (bass and vocals).
They released God Loves Fiasco in 2007 and, after signing to Impose Records
in 2008, they dropped Native Canadians. In May 2009 they became the backing
band for Bruno Wizard’s proto-punk band the Homosexuals—formed by
Wizard in the 70s and then reformed in 2007—after two members left. There’s
a new Fiasco full-length in the works and, while you wait anxiously for that,
you can download the free two-song ‘Fabulous Bozo’ EP, a tribute
to one of Fiasco’s favorite local bands.
Anything new in the works recording or song-wise?
Jonathan: Yes, we've recorded and are trying to put out a new single. We're
also about to start recording another full-length, which is tentatively titled
The Front. Both of these releases feature material with vocals, in case people
may be wondering. [You can have a taste of this on the band's myspace
How did you guys end up becoming part of the lineup for the Homosexuals?
How’s that been working out so far?
Jonathan: We know Bruno because he's on the same booking agency as us (Panache).
We met him when he came to the set of our video dressed as a zombie, and when
members of his band left, he asked us if we'd like to play with him. Right now
it's just me and Julian backing him up on drums and guitar, but it's going pretty
well we've played some fun shows with Dan Deacon and King Khan & the Shrines.
What’s the story behind the ‘Fabulous Bozo’
Jonathan: Us and another band I play drums in, Banzai, wanted to pay tribute
to one of our favorite local bands, Snuffy, so we recorded two of their songs
and released it for free in hopes of spreading the word about their awesome
music. This summer they're going to release a single and their first album,
which we're all really psyched about!
"[Our new] releases feature material with vocals, in case people may be wondering."
listen to "
Spastic, energetic and thrashy math-punk