The Boon CD is "a solid right hook of muscular hard rock" -- StonerRock.com
The Youngstown Vindicator says of the "Boon" CD: "...armageddon attitude that imbues the music and lyrics..."
"If Tony Iommi and Pepper Keenan got loaded at Lemmy's house and fathered a bastard child, that bastard's name would be 'Fuzztub.'" -- Viking Jim, WNCD Radio
Bob D - Guitar / Vocals
Brandon - Drums
Jimmy - Bass
The Band's Beginning
It was the year 1993 -- grunge was king and all of the guys in rock bands started cutting their hair. (remember Helmet?) Three young, wide-eyed hard rockers from the small steel mill town of Struthers, Ohio got together, and after a few band name variations, they became known as fuzztub.
The mid 90's were good to fuzztub. Two of their songs were featured on a regional compilation CD and they released the wildly popular, four-song "Cake" EP (fans still request copies of the "Cake" EP to this day). They played all over the Mid-Western Unites States; fuzztub performed with the likes of Clutch, Unsane, Souls at Zero, and Karma to Burn (to name a few); and fuzztub even became a featured act at the 1994 New Music Seminar in New York City.
In 1997, after four years of blaring out searing-hot hard rock riffs, in front of thousands and thousands of people; being exposed to the corrupt and dishonorable (if not down-right criminal) element within the music industry; and being ripped-off by one too many show promoters, the band called it quits and moved on to new phases in their lives.
The Bob D Story (let's go farther back)
As a child in Struthers, Ohio, Bob witnessed first-hand what economic depression can do to a small town and what effect it has on people. When Bob was seven years old his father lost his job in the steel mill. Bob's father resorted to performing as a drummer in bar bands and taking odd jobs to try to make ends meet.
When his father couldn't make enough money to support his family he was lured-in by the easy money and 'big fish in a small pond' glamour of organized crime.
Early one morning there was pounding on the door. It was the FBI. They busted-in, rummaged through everything in Bob's parents house, and the entire family was humiliated. They arrested Bob's father and took him away.
After seeing his father off to federal prison when Bob was ten years old (for organized crime activity / racketeering), he became the man of the house for his Mom and two younger sisters. Bob grew up quickly, and over the eleven subsequent years of his life he experimented with illegal drugs, formed and disbanded bands (like fuzztub), and wasted a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing.
When Bob turned 22 he decided to move his life forward and go in another direction. Bob became a COP -- not just any police officer -- he became a drug task force team member. It was time to exorcise his demons by confronting them head-on.
Bob's career blossomed. From the academy through the time he served the people as a police officer, Bob stood out as one of the best, and life was good. And then, in one day, everything turned to shit.
On February 13, 2001, officer Bob responded to what he thought was a routine noise complaint. "Fireworks." When he arrived on the scene all was quiet. He started to clear the street of curious neighbors, when the fireworks that were originally reported turned out to be gun shots, and the situation rapidly devolved into a full-blown shoot-out.
While officer Bob took cover behind his bullet riddled police cruiser, he was pelted by a hail of small shards of metal and broken glass. Then, an hour in to the gun battle, he was hit -- a bullet pierced his neck. He was rushed to the hospital, thickly coated in his own blood.
After nearly dying -- with lead fragments just millimeters from his jugular -- he took some time off to recover, and months later he returned to work. Everything seemed fine, but that's when the nightmares started. Bob went from therapist to therapist trying to get the dark thoughts out of his head.
He was promoted -- his career continued to move forward -- he even went on to work undercover. Sadly, his work never had the same meaning and he knew he had to get out and do something else. It was time to start over, again.
The Rebirth of fuzztub
After years of the former band mates living apart and having no contact with each other, Brandon decided to call Bob and see how he was doing. As time passed, they called each other more and more often. Eventually, the topic of the band came up and Bob decided to call Jim. Jim knew immediately upon hearing Bob's voice that a resurrection of fuzztub was close at hand.
In the Autumn of 2006, Bob D summoned his band mates back to the rust belt. The three discussed their life experiences and wrote six of the seven songs that would later become the "Boon" CD. The new music exudes a more grizzled and mature fuzztub, without holding anything back or softening their sound. fuzztub was reborn and was better than ever.
A reinvigorated fuzztub entered the studio in December 2006. By the end of March 2007 they had created their best sounding record to date -- "Boon." "Boon" features six brand new songs: Boon, Dogs & Gods, Low Budget Armageddon, Sparky, Camp Friendly, 10 Gallon Constitution, and one golden oldie: Fat Uncle Buckshot. The CD was mastered by John Vestman (mastering for Hole, Sting, etc.) and the cover art was done by Craig Howell (art for Godsmack, Staind, Slayer, etc.).
fuzztub Back on Stage
On June 2, 2007 the band performed (for the first time in ten years) at The Cellar in Struthers, Ohio. The band is continuing to perform throughout the Mid-Western and North-Eastern US in support of the "Boon" CD. All of fuzztub's upcoming and past show dates are on the Web at http://www.fuzztub.com/.
fuzztub "Boon" Credits & Technical Information
Words and Music by fuzztub
All songs published by Bob D (Evilmedia, Inc. administrator / ASCAP)
Produced and Engineered by Tim G
Co-Produced by Bob D
Mastered by John Vestman / Vestman Mastering
Cover art by Craig Howell / Cheeba Productions
fuzztub "Boon" CD released by Evilmedia, Inc. (P) & (C) 2007