Thursday 29 January 2015


South London indie-folk band Sergeant Buzfuz return with their sixth album, the long awaited follow-up to 2012’s highly-rated Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself. Recorded, as usual, at One Cat Studio in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton by Jon Clayton (Band Of Holy Joy, Chris T-T, Pete And The Pirates), if the album has a theme, it’s the city in which it was recorded: starting out in Manor House we visit Stratford, Kensington, Elephant & Castle, Hampstead and Kilburn along the way. The exception is ‘S6 Girls’, set in songwriter Joe Murphy’s hometown of Sheffield.

Balloons For Thin Linda is preceded by a single ‘Gold Feelings’, which has already been picked up for airplay by Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music. See the video here 

Alongside Joe, Sergeant Buzfuz are Willie Barr, Ian Button, Polly MacLean, Joss Cope, Stu Crane and Eilish McCracken.

Joe’s songs are a mixture of the pop, post-punk and folk he grew up with and the Irish story-telling tradition of his ancestors. As well as fronting the band, he is a widely-touring solo artist and co-runs the Blang label. Sergeant Buzfuz’s fifth album Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself received substantial media exposure, including several plays from Gideon Coe, while novelist Ian Rankin listed it in his top 20 albums of the year. Joe and Polly performed Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself as a show at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012. The band have also played live sessions on BBC 6 Music for Marc Riley and Tom Robinson.

Joe contributes a song to Shirley Collins Inspired, a triple vinyl album of covers of songs sung by the Sussex folk icon due Easter 2015 on the Fire label, alongside contributions from Alasdair Roberts, Will Oldham, Graham Coxon and Tuung. 

This is what folk have said about Sergeant Buzfuz….

“It's mental - in a good way! Absolutely hooked on it”  IAN RANKIN       
“It will be a long time before you hear the like again”  BEARDED
“I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious”  PETER MUGGS, THE ARTS DESK
“Musically inventive, they are by turn complex, playful and challenging”  R2
“An eye-opener and an eyebrow-raiser”  GIDEON COE, BBC 6 MUSIC
“Absolutely brilliant”  TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6
“Ceaselessly inventive"  TIMEOUT
“Universally charming”  NME    
"Perverse and memorable, modern-day folk music"  MORNING STAR

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