Furlong takes the lead Louisville’s
anti-punk punk rock scene
The gentlemen behind Gubbey Records are something of a maniacal lot,
that rare breed between ultra-creative geniuses and musical miscreants
dead set on destroying that which surrounds them with weird, altruistic
noise-pop. The guys who started a label to kickstart their own
self-recorded musical projects offer Furlong: an excellent band, their
band, a strange and new band that will destroy Louisville in the best
way, by exploding onto the scene in a raging fireball of anti-punk punk
rock and changing people’s perspectives on distorted guitars and the
general lewdness of loudness. Seem like a fair amount of contradictions?
These guys make your head spin like that.
The Gubbey men have arranged an eclectic, enticing four-act showcase at
The Rudyard Kipling for this Saturday. The Audrey Ryan Band, a sort of
alt-jazz-folk-rock group on tour from Cambridge, Mass., will open the
festivities. Local beatnik refugee Ron Whitehead and his highly-talented
wife, Sarah Elizabeth, will perform spoken word poetry and acoustic
guitar tunes. The pair have dedicated the set to Whitehead’s old
stomping pal, the great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who put a bullet through
his brain last Sunday (see more on HST on page 14). Local bluegrassers
Troublesome Creek follow.
Then comes Furlong, Louisville’s punk rock answer to Captain Beefheart,
a loud and beautiful mess of experimental sound garbed in the same pop
sensibilities that made grunge so user-friendly. The band has recently
upgraded to version 2.0, bringing along bassist Chris Hoerter. There’s a
new EP in the works, Pony Up, a continuation of that which began on last
year’s magnificent sampler, The Indestructible Gubbey Records Sampler CD
Vol. II. Furlong’s “Ride My Train of Un-Agape Love” stole that show,
even from its alter-ego Funkus, whose “Sexual Investigators” was a train
wreck of Bootsy Collins-esque pure funk from the ’70s that’s as
hysterically funny as it is funkaliciously adept.
Take from the new EP Truck Stop Whore, a bright and melodic Velvet
Underground-style dirge of pretty chords underneath a story about a
truck driver who “can’t wait to fuck my truck stop whore.” The
complementery high-pitched “oohs” and “ahhs” reminiscent of early R&B
perfect the tune’s mindbending contradiction in terms. The lyrics are
clever and pertinent, despite the comical vulgarity.
“Blood Red Panties” is considerably heavier, opening with an ominous
bass line that explodes into a full band (piano included) headbobbing
jump. The opening line sets the tone: “blood panties on the bedroom
floor/don’t you know you should lock the door/outside I wait all day for
you.” After a pair of verse-chorus-verse runs through, the song evolves
on a piano riff into a speedy psychotica of sound, then quickly fades to
Much like their equine-influenced name, Furlong’s music takes the
thoroughbred approach, spending most of the time in rigorous and
fruitful training, preparing for the fleeting bursts of hysterical speed
and power that only make sense on this band’s record, in that kind of
deep, pure context. Using that ambience as an indicator, it’s hard to
imagine this show as anything less than a carnival, or at the very
least, a horse race.
BY STEPHEN GEORGE
Saturday, Feb. 26
422 W. Oak St.
$5; 10 p.m.
(From Louisville Music Blog)
Furlong “A Nasty Beautiful Bloody Train
“You can’t put us in a box, we would suffocate” said
Furlong guitarist Dave Rucinski when asked to define the band’s style.
This shines through in the band’s music with a mix of a fast paced punk
and psychedelic styles and at times intricate guitar riffs, which is a
complement to the bands various influences and style.
The band began in 2003 as a four piece, but after several lineup changes
the three-piece that’s seen around Louisville today began in 2007. This
line up includes Dave Rucinski guitar and vocals, Jim Hall bass and Andy
Matter drums. Because of the bands unique style Rucinski said, “We are
not the ‘get noticed’ kind of band. We believe your music should speak
for itself …and people will be attracted to in naturally.” As for
Furlongs plans and goal they don’t really have one they just want to
play and record, “honest music.” A few current projects for the band
include a seven-inch vinyl that will have a limited number of copies
coming out in May as part of a series of EP’s. Also they have recently
recorded tracks to “Louisville is for Lovers Vol. X”, and the
compilation project “Louisville Does Louisville.”
For more information on Furlong or to listen to their music visit
Louisville Music News)
Making it Matter
The Indestructible Gubbey Records Sampler CD Vol. II (Gubbey Records)
By Kory Wilcoxson
Gubbey Records is determined to make Louisville music matter again.
Founded in 1993 by Dave Rucinski, the label has witnessed the local
music scene's wax and wane over the past decade. With this second
sampler, Rucinski is doing his part to showcase the diversity of local
The sampler is noteworthy for the range of styles represented. Listeners
are treated to everything from the "locomotive sex rock" of Furlong (the
website's description is better than anything I could come up with) to
the P-funk vibe of Funkus' "Sexual Investigators" to The Chocobots'
"Days Like This," which calls to mind early Elvis Costello.
Another standout on the disc include the almost indescribable "I'm Gonna
Grout Your Bifka," a collection of obscure and witty TV samples played
out over what sounds like a perverted version of Disneyworld's "Electric
Light Parade" theme. The song is credited to Mr. Samples, who is
actually label founder Rucinski.
The sampler is worth picking up at a local store to hear proof of a
pulse in the local music scene. For more information, visit the label's