Formed in Colchester, Essex by a rabble of long time mates in 2001, FuzzFace cut their teeth playing in rough pubs and shitty clubs around Essex and Suffolk. Later that year, the band’s first demo was reviewed in Record Collector as “Marvellous, quite frankly”. A series of impressive London gigs followed, but the band’s momentum was abruptly halted in 2002 when Adey severed a nerve in his finger. The guitarist’s miraculous recovery throughout 2003 fired FuzzFace into recording the Josephine EP in 2004. Holly Hernandez enthused that FuzzFace sounded "like a very English version of the Strokes, which I suspect will guarantee their absolute adoration." A hectic schedule of gigging followed throughout 2004 and 2005. “Are We Nearly There Yet?” FuzzFace’s 2005 self-produced LP received extremely favourable local and Internet reviews: the Colchester Evening Gazette described the band as “the true heirs to Blur”. But the group felt that although they had demonstrated the depth of their talent for songwriting and melody, the band’s legendarily raucous live sound was absent.

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